Sorry, no signing news yet. Judging by the comments/Facebook entries/tweets I see, it could be a rough weekend out there. But as of this posting, no one else has agreed to terms, although general manager Rod Graves has been behind closed doors most of the day. I already addressed the linebackers earlier today so I’m not going to go into that all over again. There is news that Larry Foote is scheduled to visit Pittsburgh, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. He’s trying to create some leverage, which makes sense. But the Steelers want him as a reserve and it doesn’t make much sense to me that a) that would be something Foote wants or b) the Steelers would throw a lot of money at a backup.
As for Joey Porter, there have not been any reports of any more visits scheduled. Here’s the thing with Porter, besides the money thing I had addressed earlier. He said yesterday he wants to be in the West and be closer to home, and that he fits better in a 3-4 defense. Aside from the Cards, that leaves the 49ers, Chargers and Broncos, by my calculations. The Niners are in good shape at linebacker and have shied away from adding older free agents. The Chargers have been trimming payroll, and they already have Shawne Merriman and Larry English at Porter’s position. The Broncos, I suppose, could be a wild card, but I don’t know if he fits in a place getting a roster overhaul from Josh McDaniels. So the Cards really seem like the place that would want him, without as many other options. That will help set the market.
The visits today could be interesting. Linebacker Paris Lenon, as I mentioned before, would be a depth guy, but he’s a sparkplug and good in the locker room. Then there is quarterback Derek Anderson, who had a brief reunion — pictured below — with strength and conditioning coach John Lott today (Lott was with the Browns in 2005-06, Anderson’s first two years in the NFL). Anderson visited the Seahawks and the Cards, but it’s difficult to tell the interest. I don’t know if Anderson is a guy they want to ink to a longer deal, or if they want to get him on, for example, one or two years and see what he can do before committing. It’s tough to tell what Anderson will want either; he doesn’t want to get stuck here long-term if Matt Leinart pans out.
So stick with the site and Twitter over the next couple of days. Things tend to come together quickly once they start to come together, if you can follow that line of thinking. The Foote thing, for instance, makes me smile. The article I linked to above said Foote could sign with the Steelers if he passes a physical. Well, yeah. He could. He also might not.
Tags: 49ers, Broncos, Chargers, Derek Anderson, free agency, Joey Porter, Larry Foote, Matt Leinart, Paris Lenon, Rex Hadnot
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