Published: September 2nd, 2009 | Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Reggie Brown, Casey Hampton, Bobby Wade, Keiwan Ratliff, Tony Pashos, Jacksonville Jaguars Anthony Madison
Several veteran players with starting experience could be let go at Saturday’s roster deadline. Teams would like to get something of value for them in trades, but sometimes that can’t be worked out.
With the emergence of some young wide receivers, the Vikings and Eagles could face a glut at that position. Bobby Wade of the Vikings and Reggie Brown of the Eagles are veterans with starting experience who personnel execs are watching closely. Wade’s $3 million salary could be a factor as well, although a restructuring might help his cause.
Tony Pashos has starting tackle experience, but he has been moved inside by the Jaguars. He is set to make $4.3 million this season, and for a team that doesn’t have a big budget and is looking at blackouts, that could be an issue. A team like the Seahawks might end up making sense for Pashos via trade or if he is released, given Seattle’s offensive line woes.
The Steelers have more cornerbacks than they can carry after investing two drafts picks in the position this spring, and they have been contacting teams looking for deals. The Steelers aren’t shopping specific players at the position, league sources said, but personnel execs assume that Anthony Madison (a special teams ace) and Keiwan Ratliff would be the two players most readily available because both will be unrestricted free agents.
Some execs also wonder if the Steelers would make a move of some sort with NT Casey Hampton, who has one year left on his contract and whose weight has drawn concerns from the team at times. I’m not saying Hampton will be dealt or let go, and it would be a surprise to many if the Steelers did make a move with him, but it’s a situation that has some people around the league wondering a little bit.
Other teams have overloads at certain positions, too. The Patriots and Bears have more than enough tight ends. The Eagles are seeking tight ends and dangling defensive ends as well. The Raiders have been calling teams, saying they are willing to listen to pretty much anything, as isn’t uncommon with them, league sources said. The Vikings, Buccaneers and Eagles have more quarterbacks than they need.