Published: February 23rd, 2012 | Tags: 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, Buffalo Bills, Chan Gailey, DeSean Jackson, Howie Roseman, John Schneider, Marshawn Lynch, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, Stevie Johnson
INDIANAPOLIS — Twenty-four coaches and general managers took the podiums at Thursday’s NFL Scouting Combine, and with free agency less than three weeks away, a few key players looking for lucrative contracts were on the minds of those on hand.
Eagles GM Howie Roseman continued to describe free-agent WR DeSean Jackson as a building block for the future.
“We’ve been very vocal about the fact that we think he’s got a great future, and we’re excited about the possibilities of DeSean Jackson in Philadelphia, but we also want to communicate with his representatives and him before we kind of voice the direction we’re going in,” Roseman said.
Bills coach Chan Gailey said free-agent WR Stevie Johnson, who’s scheduled to meet with team management this week, is an important piece of the team’s reconstruction.
“The thing you learn to say in this business, you don’t ever want to say you can’t live without somebody. Because as soon as you say that, you can’t live without them,” Gailey said. “But we would like to have him. He’s very important to our football team. He made a bunch of big plays for us, and we hope it works out. But it’s business.”
Seahawks GM John Schneider said the team has had a good dialogue with impending free-agent RB Marshawn Lynch‘s representatives.
“We’ve had great discussions since probably two or three weeks left in the season,” Schneider said. “There’s no animosity, you know. Good dialogue, no fist fights.”
Schneider also acknowledged that Lynch is a candidate for the franchise tag.
– Aron Angel