PFW news on the Dolphins, Chargers, Seahawks, Packers and Bears.
The Way We Hear It
It was widely believed just a couple of weeks ago that Dolphins executive VP of football operations Bill Parcells would not exercise an escape clause in his contract that would allow him to collect the balance of his four-year contract by resigning within 30 days of team ownership changing hands. And since Stephen Ross officially took over for Wayne Huizenga at the club’s highest post, Parcells has been busy scouting … and playing coy. While scouting alongside GM Jeff Ireland at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., Parcells refused to give a commitment to remaining in Miami, raising eyebrows. Parcells told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that he’d “hate to be called a liar” if he wound up bolting. By the looks of things, he’s fully on board with a Dolphins club on the upswing. But Parcells wants to use his 30-day window to make certain Ross won’t interfere with the football side of the operation.
CHARGERS: Although CB Antonio Cromartie revealed after the season that he had been playing with a fractured hip for all of 2008, some close to the team don’t entirely believe his story. While his play clearly dropped off this past season, he certainly didn’t look any slower in coverage, so his hip couldn’t have been that much of a hindrance. If anything, he may be using it as an excuse for his poor campaign. Only time will tell.
SEAHAWKS: We hear the rumor that the Seahawks could be interested in Bengals free-agent WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh might have some merit. Houshmandzadeh played college ball in the Pacific Northwest at Oregon State, and word is the team wants to avoid having to depend so much on unproven youngsters such as Ben Obomanu, Logan Payne and Courtney Taylor for another season. Also on the WR front, we hear Koren Robinson is a long shot to return. Said one source: “Not only does he have a bone-on-bone knee injury, but you just can’t count on him anymore as a legitimate run-after-catch threat.”
PACKERS: We hear new Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers did not get along all that well with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick as New England’s special assistant/secondary coach last season.
BEARS: Should Bears third-string QB Caleb Hanie be considered a legitimate candidate for the backup QB spot next season, presumably behind Kyle Orton? “They liked him in the preseason,” said one team insider, “but to say he’s ready to be the No. 2, I don’t know. Ideally, I think they’d like to keep him at the No. 3 spot for one more year so he can better learn the system.”
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