NFL Notes: Draft, Panthers, Patriots, Redskins, & Seahawks



  • Tony Pauline reports that the Raiders, Jaguars, Buccaneers and Colts all had defensive back coaches in attendance for Fresno State DB Derron Smith’s Pro Day.


  • Ian Rapoport reports that Nebraska DE/OLB Randy Gregory visited with the Panthers last week.


Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Patriots HC Bill Belichick went off on a tirade regarding his proposal to add fixed cameras at the goal.

The NFL was reportedly concerned about how much this would cost the league, even though we’re talking about a billion dollar industry.

They were in a meeting the other day with Dean Blandino, the head of the officials, and Bill Belichick got up there, and in profane language, told the NFL: ‘We spend money to send the Pro Bowl to Brazil, we spend money to go overseas to London, but we can’t spend money to have four cameras in the end zone, four cameras to help determine the correct call in the end zone on certain plays?’ He went off, and the way it was explained to me, from people in the room at the time, they were laughing at it because his language was so profane and because he was so incensed about it, and the NFL didn’t know how to handle it,” Schefter said on Olbermann, via Pro Football Talk. “But the bottom line is, they did not introduce the four cameras in the end zone, they thought right now it’s too cost-prohibitive for the NFL even, and they don’t know how to do it. They’ll probably continue to look at this, but Bill Belichick left these owners’ meetings not particularly happy.


  • Redskins HC Jay Gruden reiterated that they will take best player available at No. 5 overall, which is why they’ve been studying the top two quarterbacks in this year’s draft class. (Mike Jones)
  • Gruden indicated that Bruce Allen and Eric Schaffer are talking to  DE Ryan Kerrigan and LT Trent Williams about long-term extensions. (Tarik El-Bashir)
  • Gruden didn’t rule out the idea of possibly bringing veteran WR Santana Moss back at some point. “I would not hesitate to call him,” Gruden said. (Zac Boyer)
  • John Keim of ESPN writes that DeAngelo Hall, Bashaud Breeland, and David Amerson could be candidates to move to safety next year.


  • Seahawks HC Pete Carroll told reporters on Wednesday that they will re-sign defensive end Demarcus Dobbs. (Bob Condotta)
  • Carroll added that they are in contract talks with veteran DT Kevin Williams. (Bob Condotta)
  • Carroll said that he still believes they’ll eventually re-sign QB Tarvaris Jackson. (Bob Condotta)(Bob Condotta)
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