NFL Nation: Travis Daniels

Let’s look at some early morning notes before we gear up for another busy day Wednesday. You know, later today.
  • The San Diego Union Tribune reported the Chargers cut linebacker Jyles Tucker and receiver Buster Davis and that linebacker Antwan Applewhite will soon join Tucker on the outside. Tucker was given a contract extension three years ago and the Chargers thought he would become a premier pass rusher. But he couldn’t stay healthy. That’s been the case with Davis, a former first-round pick. It’s been expected that he will be cut. The moves will be made official Thursday.
  • Now that San Diego that has signed Takeo Spikes, Green Bay inside linebacker Nick Barnett likely is out of the picture there. Barnett could attract interest in Kansas City, though.
  • Here are San Diego’s 19 undrafted free agents: Arizona C Colin Baxter, Texas Tech LB Bront Bird, Auburn DE Mike Blanc, Arkansas CB Ramon Broadway, Maryland WR Adrian Cannon, South Carolina FB Patrick DiMarco, Georgia LB Darryl Gamble, TCU DT Kelly Griffin, Washington T Cody Habben, Kansas State CB Stephen Harrison, Cincinnati WR Vidal Hazelton, Oklahoma WR Cameron Kenney, Minnesota-Duluth RB Isaac Odim, Colorado WR Travon Patterson, Boston College DE Damik Scafe, Whittier WR Giovanni Stanley, Baylor TE Brad Taylor, Oregon T Bo Thran and Wisconsin QB Scott Tolzien.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

The three most important positions in football are quarterback, left tackle and cornerback.

 
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  Will Allen recorded three INTs for Miami last season.

The Dolphins have their quarterbacks of the present (Chad Pennington) and future (Chad Henne).

They have their left tackle of the present and future. Jake Long was a Pro Bowler as a rookie last year.

And they have solidified their future at cornerback. A month after they selected cornerbacks Vontae Davis and Sean Smith within in the first 61 picks of last month's draft, the Dolphins have signed left corner Will Allen to a two-year contract extension, agent Drew Rosenhaus announced Tuesday afternoon.

Rosenhaus tweeted Allen's deal includes $10 million in guarantees.

Because cornerback is a position that requires considerable grooming and youngsters rarely earn their coach's trust right away, Allen will help bridge the gap between now and later. Allen will turn 31 in August and will be 33 when the deal is up.

Allen recorded 50 tackles, three interceptions, 15 pass defenses and a forced fumble in 2008.

Since signing Allen in 2006, the Dolphins have started the likes Andre Goodman, Michael Lehan, and Travis Daniels on the right side.

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The benching of Cleveland Browns cornerback Brandon McDonald didn't last long.

It lasted just one play.

Browns head coach Romeo Crennel sat McDonald for the first series as punishment for his poor performance in Cleveland's 34-30 loss to the Denver Broncos. The series lasted one play as Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards threw an interception on the first play from scrimmage.

It appears the benching was more of a gimmick to motivate McDonald than it was to get reserve cornerback Travis Daniels ready to play.

[Update: McDonald intercepted a pass, Trent Edwards' third pick of the first quarter.]

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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Cleveland Browns coach Romeo Crennel hinted that there would be lineup changes this week, and it turned out to be just one casualty.

Browns starting cornerback Brandon McDonald was benched Monday in favor of reserve Travis Daniels before their game against the Buffalo Bills. McDonald was beat for two four-quarter touchdowns in Cleveland's recent 34-30 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Daniels came to the Cleveland earlier this season in a trade with the Miami Dolphins. This will be his first start for the Browns.

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
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DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins continue to jettison players from last year's roster. They traded erratic defensive back Travis Daniels to the Cleveland Browns this afternoon for an undisclosed draft pick.

The move bolsters a thin and inexperienced Browns secondary that looked alarmingly bad Monday night against the New York Giants.

Daniels certainly won't be the answer. He's more for depth, but he's a player who desperately needed a change of scenery and could respond to wearing a new uniform.

Daniels, a fourth-round pick from LSU, started 25 games in his three seasons with the Dolphins, but he never looked as promising as he did in his rookie year under his former college coach, Nick Saban.

Daniels started 14 games as a rookie, made 62 tackles and defensed 13 passes. In his next two seasons combined he had 11 starts, 63 tackles and six passes defensed.

ESPN.com's KC Joyner crunched the numbers and determined Daniels gave up an average of 10.9 yards per pass attempt against him.

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