Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Breakfast links: Huff won't wait on Cowboys
By Dan Graziano
Morning. No elephants yet today, but it's early. Links.
Former Cowboys linebacker Victor Butler visited the Eagles but left without signing a deal. I know this situation is getting a lot of attention, but the Eagles are likely looking at Butler as a rotational player and special teamer. I wouldn't get too excited if he signs or disappointed if he doesn't.
Remember back around Super Bowl time when DeSean Jackson talked about new Eagles coach Chip Kelly using him the way Kelly used running back De'Anthony Thomas at Oregon? Well, Paul Domowitch has a more realistic view on that.
The Redskins' team physician may think Robert Griffin III is "superhuman," but Griffin himself offered a much more level-headed assessment of his status and his plans for a responsible recovery from his knee surgery.
Free-agent cornerback Antoine Winfield is planning to visit the Redskins, who'd love to find a way to fit him under the salary cap. But he's considering other offers in the meantime, which is not encouraging for the Redskins' prospects.
Free-agent safety Michael Huff says he's intrigued by the idea of signing with the Cowboys. But just because (as Adam Schefter reported) linebacker Justin Durant may have agreed to wait on finalizing his deal until the Cowboys cleared enough cap space doesn't mean Huff is willing to do the same.
If the Cowboys want to take safety Kenny Vaccaro in the first round of the draft (and again, I don't see why people are assuming they do when it appears what they want is to augment their current safety duo with a veteran), they could have competition.
New York Giants
David Diehl has agreed to a pay cut of nearly 80 percent in order to remain with the Giants in 2013. This indicates that they plan to use him as a versatile backup and several line positions, rather than as the starting right tackle. But Diehl has won out in similar situations in the past when other options have proven insufficient.
Former Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw has a visit lined up with the Pittsburgh Steelers. If he can prove he's healthy, I believe Bradshaw can help someone, even as their No. 1 back in 2013. The Steelers seem like a very good place for him. I think the Packers make sense as well, but they don't sign free agents.