NFL Nation: Stock Watch 32510 AFC

NFC Stock Watch: East | West | North | South AFC: East | West | North | South

Falling

Texans’ chances at exposure: Houston’s hopes at being the featured team in HBO’s “Hard Knocks” didn’t pan out as the league and network chose the follow the Jets. And although a highly anticipated Thanksgiving night game is still a possibility for the Texans, the matchup wasn't revealed at the owners meeting as many expected it would be. The wait continues.

Rising

Jeff Fisher, Titans coach: The co-chairman of the influential competition committee backed the overtime change for the postseason and was part of a successful campaign that won over enough owners to easily pass the reform. The detail-oriented Fisher is built for such scenarios, reasoning out why a proposal is good for the league and playing a part in swaying important people who may be teetering.
NFC Stock Watch: East | West | North | South AFC: East | West | North | South

Falling

Ravens left tackle Jared Gaither: Agent Drew Rosenhaus said there are no issues between Gaither and Baltimore. So let's provide that early disclaimer right off the bat. But the fact is, Gaither was a no-show for the start of offseason workouts, and Ravens coach John Harbaugh wasn't pleased. Harbaugh told the Baltimore Sun this week at the owners meetings, "Jared needs to be in our weight room with our players with our offensive line, becoming the player he can become." Gaither, a restricted free agent who has a first-round tender, is expected to join the team Monday. But the last thing any Ravens player needs is to start the offseason program by drawing the ire of the head coach.

Rising

Steelers and Bengals draft picks: The two teams gained a combined five compensatory picks this week in the NFL draft, which are awarded to teams that lost more significant free agents than they signed last season. That gives Pittsburgh and Cincinnati tremendous flexibility to draft additional talent, sign restricted free agents or pull off trades. The Bengals received valuable compensatory picks in the third and fourth rounds. The Steelers were awarded three extra picks -- two in the fifth round and one in the seventh. They were the only two teams in the AFC North to get compensatory picks this year. Cincinnati and Pittsburgh have nine and 10 total draft picks, respectively.
NFC Stock Watch: East | West | North | South AFC: East | West | North | South

Falling

Brandon Marshall’s trade value: The more time that goes by, the more unlikely it seems that Denver will be able to acquire a high, first-round pick for the restricted free agent wide receiver. The Seahawks appear adamant that they won’t send one of their two first-round picks (they have the No. 6 and No. 14 picks). No other team has made a move. The Denver Post suggested earlier this week that Seattle could send its second- and fourth-round picks to Denver for Marshall. If Denver wants to trade Marshall, it may have to settle for less than it originally desired.

Rising

A.J. Smith, Chargers general manager: Smith received some early heat from Chargers fans this offseason after the team lost, traded and cut several big-name veterans. However, Smith has to be back in the good graces of San Diego fans after he traded third-string quarterback Charlie Whitehurst to Seattle. The two teams swapped second-round picks next month (the Chargers now have the No. 40 overall pick and Seattle has No. 60) and San Diego will receive a third-round pick next year. Whitehurst has never thrown an NFL pass and had no real future in San Diego. This was a terrific trade for the Chargers. They should be able to address nose tackle and running back with the two picks and it gives San Diego drafting power it didn’t have.

How I See It: AFC East Stock Watch

March, 25, 2010
3/25/10
1:00
PM ET
NFC Stock Watch: East | West | North | South AFC: East | West | North | South

Falling

Justin Smiley, Dolphins left guard: In this space last week, I selected Dolphins right guard Donald Thomas, who lost his starting job late last season and seemed even more on the spot with the signing of free agent Richie Incognito. But it now appears the Dolphins have identified Smiley as the player they can live without. The Dolphins signed him to a five-year, $25 million contract one minute into the 2008 free-agency period. Over the weekend, the Dolphins told Smiley not to show up for the offseason conditioning program because they were trying to trade him.

Rising

Rex Ryan, Jets head coach: He's getting ready for his closeup. Less than two weeks after undergoing lap-band surgery to control his obesity, Ryan said he already had shed 30 pounds, a difference that was obvious at this week's NFL owners meetings. But be prepared to see more of a lesser Ryan. He'll almost certainly be the leading man on "Hard Knocks" this year. HBO has selected the Jets to be the next subject for its behind-the-scenes training camp series, and I have a feeling Ryan will dominate the scenes.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Insider