Several sources have indicated that the Dolphins are in hot pursuit of Falcons quarterback Matt Schaub, the 6-5 backup to Michael Vick. Schaub, who's in the final year of his three-year rookie $1.85 million contract, has started two games in two seasons. A source said the Falcons have received inquiries from several teams this offseason for Schaub, but it would take "a high pick" to possibly get him.
The Titans and receiver David Givens have agreed on money. All that's left now is for Givens, one of the top players in free agency, to give his final nod of approval to Tennessee's contract offer, something the Titans, the player's agent
Atlanta also is in search of a veteran defensive end, but interest in the New York Jets' John Abraham appears to have waned. Detroit's Kalimba Edwards, from East Point, is available.
The free-agent tackle with the highest profile is 32-year-old Jon Runyan, a 6-7, 330-pound fixture on the right side for the Eagles. Runyan is a durable 10-year veteran who excels in the running game but often struggles against edge rushers. With southpaw Chris Simms installed as Tampa Bay's No. 1 quarterback, the right tackle will be expected to provide critical protection for the blind side. Runyan is on vacation in the Cayman Islands until Saturday, and he has not visited other clubs since free agency began March 11.
Offensive tackle Mike Williams, a No.4 overall pick in the 2002 draft and whom the Buffalo Bills cut last month, visited the Jaguars on Monday, according to senior vice president Paul Vance.
David Givens spent last night in Nashville, pondering his NFL future, as the Titans put a $24 million offer on the table attempting to persuade the Patriots' free agent wideout to make Tennessee his home for the next five years.
San Francisco 49ers LB Julian Peterson, who is also a free agent. Peterson has long been rumored to be drawing interest from the Cleveland Browns, but Poston said he hasn't set up anything with the organization as of yet.
As far as punters, the Ravens have shown interest in Carolina Panthers free agent Jason Baker but have not scheduled a visit. Baker, who led the NFC with a 38.9-yard net average, is expected to meet with the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks. Another possibility is Sean Landeta, who attended Loch Raven High and Towson State.
Gil Scott, the agent for former Colts place-kicker Mike Vanderjagt, has contacted the Green Bay Packers regarding his client. When asked by a reporter from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel if the Packers were interested, Scott replied, "I would say a little bit, yeah.'' Scott and Vanderjagt did not return telephone messages.
The Colts' task now is to find a replacement for David Thornton, who started 47 regular-season games the past three seasons, and reinforce the linebacker position. Top prospects include Gilbert Gardner, a third-round pick in 2004 who has managed only 31 tackles while seeing limited playing time the past two seasons, and Tyjuan Hagler, a fifth-round pick in '05 who missed his entire rookie season after undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia. The Colts might sign a mid-level free agent in the coming weeks, look for another young prospect in the April 29-30 draft or re-sign a couple of their own veterans who are free agents, most notably Rob Morris and Rocky Calmus.
The Dolphins also brought in kicker Mike Vanderjagt, fullback Fred Beasley and offensive lineman Tom Ashworth for visits. Bringing in Vanderjagt is curious. The former Pro Bowl kicker is the most accurate in NFL history at 87.5 percent, but his visit comes after Dolphins kicker Olindo Mare posted his best season since 2001. Mare has been with the Dolphins for nine years, holds all the team records for kicking and is the fifth-most accurate kicker in league history at 82 percent. Mare is also exceptionally good at kickoffs, ranking near the top in touchbacks annually.
The Eagles previously gave Terrell Owens and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, permission to seek a trade. The Dolphins, Broncos and Dallas Cowboys appear to be the front-runners among the handful of interested teams. Any club trading for Owens would inherit the remainder of the seven-year, nearly $49 million contract that produced his problems with the Eagles. If he's released, he and Rosenhaus would be free to negotiate an entirely new deal, but most teams probably would want Owens to accept an incentive-laden contract with relatively little guaranteed money.
The Saints, meanwhile, brought in free-agent quarterback Josh McCown for a visit Monday. McCown has shown flashes early in his career, and many believe his best football is in front of him. It is unclear if the Saints would consider him a starting or franchise quarterback -- or if they are interested in him as a stopgap and eventual backup to the No. 2 pick in next month's draft.
The Chiefs made their first moves in free agency, but it