With just three days until the start of the 2010 draft, it is rumors-galore out there in the NFL world. So I am here to discuss a couple of them that have been heading our way, whether I think they are true or not..
Clausen to Browns at No. 7?
New Cleveland Browns team president Mike Holmgren has been caught thinking about whether taking Jimmy Clausen with the seventh pick of the draft. With Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn both gone this off-season and the recent signing of veteran Jake Delhomme, I say why not? Delhomme was obviously just a temporary fix, considering the guy is already 35 years old. It's unlikely that Sam Bradford will still be on the board at this point, so why not snag Clausen before another QB-needy team does? Delhomme would, of course, mentor the young kid and Cleveland would then start Clausen when he's ready (or when Delhomme gets in trouble, whichever happens to come first).
LenDale White: Draft-day Trade?
Another report out there is that the Tennessee Titans may look to deal their goal-line back on draft-day, for the "right price" as they say. What that price may be, who knows. His stock surely fell after his 2009 campaign (222 rushing yards, 2 TDs), but there still may be a few teams out there looking for a bruising 240 pound running back to turn their team around.
Colts: Not sure how much longer Addai will be a Colt and it may take a while for Donald Brown to get accustomed to a bigger work load.
Bears: Chicago's Matt Forte had a huge dip in production from his rookie season in '08 to his second season last year. There really isn't much depth there at running back either.
Bills: It's obvious Marshawn Lynch's days are numbered in Buffalo. He may not even be a Bill by opening weekend. Fred Jackson broke 1,000 rushing yards last season but with just five total rushing TDs in his three NFL seasons, Buffalo could use quite a bit of help at the goal-line without Lynch.
White shouldn't go for anything more than a fourth- or fifth-round pick, considering that's all Santonio Holmes went for, despite his knack for getting into trouble. That price seems affordable for basically anyone. Maybe he leaves, maybe he stays. We will just have to sit and watch come draft-day.
With Favre's Future Still Uncertain, Vikes Re-Sign Jackson
The Minnesota Vikings organization seems to be in no rush to hear from future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre on his future. But we did find out today that the Vikes have not given up on Tarvaris Jackson, for now.
The restricted free agent signed his tender today, meaning the only Viking left to sign it is DE Ray Edwards who may ultimately hold out as we approach training camps this summer.
Jackson, in 33 games, has posted a career 77.9 rating with 21 TD passes and 18 interceptions. Jackson has certainly shown some inconsistency, which is exactly what urged Childress to bring in Favre to begin with. This may be Jackson's final chance to earn a starting spot. Even if Favre does not return in 2010, don't expect Jackson to just be handed the starting job any time soon. He will certainly have to prove he deserves it.
More rumor discussions headed your way...we're just getting started.