Waters: Moving OLT Albert is bad idea

Posted April 04, 2010 @ 10:57 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

• Although much of the talk this offseason has been about the Chiefs drafting an offensive tackle with their first-round pick, installing him on the left side and flipping OLT Branden Albert over to play right tackle, veteran OLG Brian Waters does not see that as a good move for the organization. Waters recently stated that he's confident in Albert as a left tackle and that if K.C. moves Albert and starts a rookie on the left side, it would be a step back for the offense, as it would be like having two inexperienced starters. Instead, Waters suggests that the team give Albert more help so he's not put into so many unfavorable situations.

• The Jets signed PK Nick Folk in February, but the team is not opposed to bringing in a kicker to compete against him in camp. New York could spend a late draft pick on a kicker.

• With 10 picks in hand and QB Ben Roethlisberger dealing with off-the-field problems, there is speculation the Steelers could take a passer in the 2010 draft. They are better-positioned to take one late in the draft than early, with seven of their picks falling in Rounds Four through Seven. The Steelers have taken a quarterback in four of the last seven drafts, with Roethlisberger the only one selected on the draft's first day. The other three passers taken in this span were fifth-rounders: Brian St. Pierre (2003), Omar Jacobs (2006) and Dennis Dixon (2008). For the record, the Steelers have three fifth-round picks in this draft (Nos. 151, 164, 166). The latter two picks are compensatory picks that cannot be traded.

• At the club's offseason workouts, TE Owen Daniels told Houston reporters he believes he could reach agreement with the club on a contract once he's healthy. Daniels is currently rehabilitating after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in November and hopes to be back at full strength by June 1. Said Daniels: "It won't be a long, drawn-out process if we're actually going to get something done." The Texans tendered Daniels, a restricted free agent, at the highest level, meaning a club would have to surrender first- and third-round picks to sign him away from Houston. Though he has yet to sign his tender, Daniels nonetheless elected to work out with the team this spring after signing an injury waiver.

• With Colts veteran SS Bob Sanders by all accounts ready to go full tilt again after missing all but two games last year with a knee injury, we hear Melvin Bullitt, who did such a good job replacing Sanders last season, could be putting in more time at cornerback next season.

• The Cowboys are almost certainly set to start Doug Free at left tackle next season but still could draft a left tackle, even with one of their higher picks. They also have Robert Brewster, who played left tackle in college, although he might be a better fit at left guard as Kyle Kosier's eventual replacement.

• The Redskins are poised to draft a quarterback but remain flexible in case a bizarre scenario unfolds in the early part of the draft, we're told. If either Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy makes it to the fourth pick, we hear they'll have to seriously consider taking one of them rather than drafting a QB such as Jimmy Clausen — that is, if a trade isn't made.

• The word around Halas Hall is that the last thing the Bears want to do is pigeonhole Julius Peppers and that plans call for the Bears' new defensive centerpiece to be moved around frequently on the D-line to take advantage of the best matchups. That said, the best guess is that head coach Lovie Smith would prefer that Peppers start games on the left side with Mark Anderson playing mostly on the right side, and Israel Idonije operating more often than not on the left side in what could turn out to be a very fluid rotation.

• The Lions remain interested in Saints restricted free-agent DT Anthony Hargrove but won't rush into making a deal. They also could trade for Seahawks OG Rob Sims, who carries a fourth-round tender but might be available for less than that. These potential deals could have a significant impact on what the team does with the No. 2 overall pick. Signing Hargrove could lessen the need for a defensive tackle, and Sims could fill the OLG hole and reduce the pressure to replace OLT Jeff Backus.

• It doesn't look like any team is interested in signing Saints RFA OTs Jammal Brown and Jermon Bushrod to offer sheets. A club would have to give up first- and third-round picks if the Saints didn't match an offer for Brown, who is coming off two surgeries (sports hernia, hip) that kept him out all of last season. Bushrod is available for much less, as he was tendered at the second-round level, but that still is a price too high for other teams to consider giving up. The Saints may try to trade one of them after they sign their tenders — no team can sign one of them to an offer sheet after April 15. However, sources say there is a good chance both will be back with the team next season.

• The Buccaneers re-signed OLB Angelo Crowell to a one-year deal March 29, and he'll have to earn a spot as a backup strong-side 'backer to make the team. He hasn't played in a regular-season game since 2007. Crowell signed with the Bucs last March after missing the previous season while recovering from a procedure to treat a chronic knee condition, but he tore his biceps in a preseason game and was placed on injured reserve.

• Rams unrestricted free-agent DE James Hall was tempted to sign with the Super Bowl champion Saints. At the end of the day, though, he said his strong relationship with Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo was the key reason he decided to re-sign with the Rams. "I have a lot of respect for him (Spagnuolo) as a football coach, and I believe in what he's trying to do here in St. Louis," Hall said after signing a new three-year deal. "We spoke during the offseason ... and he told me that he really wanted me back, that he appreciated me and how I conducted myself on and off the field and in the locker room."

• On the free-agent front, our sources tell us the Rams continue to look into former Panthers OLB Na'il Diggs, who would be considered an upgrade on the strong side over the departed Paris Lenon.

• Out in the desert, we hear many Cardinals players had already been working out for a few weeks under the supervision of highly regarded strength and conditioning coach John Lott before the team's offseason workout program officially opened last Monday. Word is RB Beanie Wells, who got hurt in his first practice as a pro last season, has semi-regularly been doing agility and speed work with veteran Pro Bowl SS Adrian Wilson early this offseason.

• Niners QB Alex Smith reportedly looked bigger and thicker at the start of the team's OTAs last Monday. But team insiders tell us Smith has routinely gained weight early in the offseason the last couple of years, only to gradually lose it once the regular-season campaign kicked in.

• Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has expressed an interest to more than one team source in going after veteran CB Ty Law to help solidify what is currently a very thin secondary.

• A rumored trade between Chicago and Seattle that would have sent Bears DE Alex Brown to the Seahawks in exchange for OG Rob Sims didn't happen, but Sims is definitely on the trading block. The Lions are among a number of teams said to be interested in Sims.

 

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