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Tuesday one-liners

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Once suspended for an entire year, along with Detroit great Alex Karras, for gambling, Packers Hall of Famer Paul Hornung wants to see Saints defenders “kicked out” for their role in the bounty program.

Bills G.M. Buddy Nix expects his players to take on a major role in the free agent recruiting process; Shawn Merriman helped LBs Nick Barnett and Kirk Morrisonfall in love” with Buffalo.

Is Peyton Manning getting ready to tell the Dolphins, “It’s not you, it’s me?”

Don’t be surprised if the Patriots have free agents LB Mario Willliams and WR Brandon Lloyd in the crosshairs; Lloyd has assured Pats players his demands will be “reasonable.”

The Jets won’t overspend for a wide receiver to pair with Santonio Holmes, but they could make a run at Reggie Wayne, Robert Meachem, or Laurent Robinson.

Free agent LG Ben Grubbs is expected to leave Baltimore after the Bears, Cowboys, Bucs, or Browns blow away the five-year, $32 million offer RG Marshal Yanda received from the Ravens last year.

Bengals free agent FS Reggie Nelson will test the market as the one of the premier safeties available.

Will the Browns target a free-agent burner at wideout such as Robert Meachem or Pierre Garcon, with Laurent Robinson as a fall-back plan?

Steelers assistant Kirby Wilson, severely burned in a January house fire, is expected to return to coaching this season after turning a corner in his recovery.

Have the Texans been reported as a potential Peyton Manning destination only to drive up the price tag on the Broncos, Cardinals or Titans?

Colts pass rusher Robert Mathis is bracing for the breakup of  “93-98-Bring the Heat Boulevard.”

Jaguars G.M. Gene Smith could make a quick free-agent strike to land a veteran quarterback insurance policy for Blaine Gabbert.

The Titans hired Dennis Polian, the “other” son of former Colts president Bill Polian, as a personal assistant to coach Mike Munchak.

The Broncos are on the lookout for a physical running back to form a tandem attack with Willis McGahee.

More than $30 million under the salary cap, the Chiefs are expected to address a  glaring need at offensive tackle in free agency.

Second-tier free=agent cornerbacks such as Tracy Porter and Aaron Ross could be on the Raiders’ radar.

The Chargers will be on the outside looking in at free agency’s biggest names this year.

After Monday’s salary cap charge. the Cowboys are no longer among the favorites to land high-profile free agents LB Mario Williams and G Carl Nicks.

Released by Oakland on Monday, free agent TE Kevin Boss could return to the Giants as “a match made in heaven.”

Now that the salary cap number has been firmly set at $120 million, Eagles free agent WR DeSean Jackson is expected to sign his franchise tender on Tuesday.

With Jamaal Brown’s (hip) future up in the air, the Redskins expected to target a right tackle in free agency;zZone-blocking journeyman Paul McQuistan is a prime candidate.

Is former Vikings CB Cedric Griffin a worthwhile target for the division-rival Bears?

Although free agent QB Shaun Hill is now expected to reach the open market, he remains a top priority for the Lions.

Packers legend Paul Hurnung stands in awe of Aaron Rodgers’ beautiful back-shoulder throws.

One AFC personnel director notes that the Vikings’ cupboard couldn’t be more bare at safety heading into free agency.

Falcons star Roddy White makes his choices for the top five wide receivers in the game.

Local star and Tarheels first-round pass-rushing prospect Quinton Coples spent Monday morning meeting with the Panthers’ brass.

Although the Bucs haven’t “soured” on LeGarrette Blount between the tackles, they are expected to target bigger pass-catching backs such as Michael Bush and Mike Tolbert in free agency.

Cardinals officials insist their tight fit under the salary cap won’t prevent the necessary free-agent signings.

After a flurry veteran cuts on Monday, Rams G.M. Les Snead vows to take an “active” and “aggressive” approach to free agency.

Special teams ace Tarvares Gooden has opted to test free agency after turning down an offer from the 49ers.

Are the Seahawks and Falcons the favorites to land free agency’s biggest defensive prize?

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5 Responses to “Tuesday one-liners”
  1. kahnsbushymustache says: Mar 13, 2012 3:18 PM

    Hahahahahaha! You said “Reggie Nelson” and “premier” in the same sentence…

  2. swagjag says: Mar 13, 2012 3:24 PM

    Reggie Nelson and “premier safety” should never be used in the same sentence. Ever.

  3. salmen76 says: Mar 13, 2012 3:31 PM

    Hey Paul Hornung,you’re just bitter because you’re all “Old” and stove-up now with one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. Ha Ha. The Saints will still be knocking the snot out of their opponents this year and next year and long after you’re pushing up daisies pal! Just keep yappin if that makes you feel better. The New Orleans Saints have never been more relevant then they are now! The Saints are Super Bowl winning Champions with the best offense in pro football and a defense so mean they’re fixn to get punished for it! The Saints will host and win the Super bowl in the Mercedes Benz Superdome in Jan 2013! Now run and tell that boyz. Geaux Saints!

  4. phinsfan66 says: Mar 13, 2012 3:45 PM

    Using anything written by Mike Berardino is a joke. He has had NOTHING to say for some time now… We all know Manning isn’t coming to Miami but to first write a garbage column that it’s Brandon Marshall’s fault, and now this drivel about Ross not attending the meeting is even dumber. Mike, be silent, please…

  5. infectorman says: Mar 13, 2012 4:14 PM

    Roddy White and Steve Johnson:

    Neither one picks Andre Johnson as a top 5 wideout in the league today? An argument can be made he should be number 1 on both lists.
    Weird

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