Joey Harrington isn't just staying with the Lions. He's penciled in as their No. 1 quarterback. President Matt Millen and coach Rod Marinelli made that clear Tuesday. Millen said the Lions wanted to acquire the best quarterback they could this off-season -- but they were looking for a backup. Jeff Garcia is not expected to return.
-- Detroit Free Press
In other news Charles Woodson will be a free agent:
Charles Woodson's days in a Raiders uniform are over. Woodson cost the Raiders $10.529 million in '05 and played in all of six games. He accounted for more than one-eighth of the team's entire payroll. Once a team leader, he completely disappeared from the locker room after being injured against Buffalo. "He's finally gone. There is no value in bringing him back, period,'' said an NFL source
-- San Francisco Chronicle
McFarland and Simeon Rice might be free agents:
The Bucs definitely will ask Simeon Rice and Anthony McFarland to restructure their deals. If either refuses, he may be cut. In fact, the Bucs may opt to cut McFarland outright anyway and go with Dewayne White and Ellis Wyms as their under tackles.
Jets looking unload some major offensive lineman in a cap purge
The Jets will begin casting off high-priced veterans, particularly on offense, later this week, starting with tackle Jason Fabini and fullback Jerald Sowell. Guard Pete Kendall also is expected to be released in a massive salary-cap purge, but the most surprising victim could be six-time Pro Bowl center Kevin Mawae. Two people with knowledge of the Jets' strategy said the team is open to exploring trade possibilities for Mawae.