Jerricho Cotchery’s agent mentioned that they’ve had “productive talks” with the Steelers regarding a new contract.
“Jerricho would very much like to be back,” said his agent, via Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Now that Hines Ward is out the picture, Cotchery is in a great position to see an increased workload next season. Ben Roethlisberger has even lobbied for him to return.
NFL Networks’ Jason La Canfora reports that the Steelers have released DE Aaron Smith.
Smith has been dealing with a number of injuries in the last few years and he’ll be 36 at the start of next season so his future in the NFL is largely uncertain.
CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco writes that the Jacksonville Jaguars are one team in particular could go after 49ers WR Josh Morgan when he becomes available.
Maiocco mentions that “nothing is cooking” with the 49ers currently and believes that “several teams” will have interest in him if he becomes available. Morgan is only 26 and was putting together a great season for the team before suffering a season-ending injury.
Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston suggests that the Patriots will likely replace BenJarvus Green-Ellis with Stevan Ridley should they lose him in free agency.
New England would most likely go with a backfield that consists of Ridley, Shane Vereen and Danny Woodhead next season. Green-Ellis will draw interest on the open market and the Chiefs figure to be the most likely suitor for his services.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the Packers are “disenchanted” with OLB Erik Walden who was atrocious despite playing across from one of the league’s best outside linebackers in Clay Mathews.
Green Bay will keep Brad Jones and Jamari Lattimore and possibly move them inside but head coach Mike McCarthydid mention that they plan on grabbing at least one OLB during the offseason.
The Pack is set to part ways with backup QB Matt Flynn one way or another. Head coach Mike McCarthy addressed the teams’ backup quarterback position by mentioning that he’s “hopeful” that Graham Harrell will be able to replace him next season.
“I think he’s got instincts and toughness,” said McCarthy, via Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “I want to take him to the quarterback school. I like his makeup.”
Green Bay could consider drafting another quarterback during this year’s draft.