CURTIS IN PHIILY: As expected, free agent WR Kevin Curtis (St. Louis Rams) visited the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday. The 28-year old, fifth-year pro has new agents who, as of Saturday, can now negotiate a contract for Curtis.
It’s believed the Detroit Lions still have the best chance to sign Curtis who will be looking for a starting job. Curtis, a league source points out, wasn’t exclusively a slot receiver for the Rams, as some would lead you to believe.
Philadelphia also hosted free agent LB Ryan Fowler who would back up MLB Jeremiah Trotter initially but who could wind up replacing him as the starter once Trotter retires.
TORY THROUGH PACKERS' DOOR: The Green Bay Packers, perhaps looking for depth in their secondary which struggled last season, hosted free agent CB Tory James (Cincinnati Bengals) for a visit on Friday. James is talented enough to challenge for a starting job in Green Bay if he signed there but his play dropped off last season.
UNHAPPY EXCHANGED FOR UNDERACHIEVING: As reported by The Giants Insider’s Ken Palmer, the New York Giants dealt underachieving WR Tim Carter to the Cleveland Browns for RB Reuben Droughns on Friday.
This deal makes sense on several fronts.
New Giants’ GM Jerry Reese didn’t draft Carter who was a perennial disappointment for the club yet former GM Ernie Accorsi still rewarded Carter with a contract extension last March.
The speedy Carter, who had perhaps the best training camp of any player for the Giants according to Palmer, was given a real chance to prove himself after WR Amani Toomer went down with a season-ending knee injury but Carter showed very little.
As for Cleveland, they were simply not going to pick up the roster bonus due for Droughns, which was coming up next week, and they got what they could.
Droughns will challenge for a starting job against third-year RB Brandon Jacobs.
As for Carter, he’ll get a chance to win the No.3 job with Cleveland.
MAYHAPS MAHAN: Newly-signed G/C Sean Mahan will compete with Steelers RG Kendall Simmons to replace retired Jeff Hartings in Pittsburgh. Meanwhile, Chukky Okobi, the six-year backup with a $2 million salary, is expected to be released.
SAFETY IN SEATTLE: Proving you can never have enough good players, as first reported by Seahawks.Net and scout.com, the Seattle Seahawks reached a contract agreement with free agent S Brian Russell.
The team reached a contract agreement with free agent S Brian Russell on Friday. Both Russell and new Seattle S Deon Grant have played FS in the past but it’s not out of the question that one of them is moved to SS where Michael Boulware struggled last season.