Columns Columns Index February 3, 2005 Patrick Surtain hits the trade block By Brian DeLucia It comes as no surprise that Dolphins cornerback Patrick Surtain hits the trade market as speculated in recent months. It is not an easy decision to part ways with a Pro Bowl type cornerback who makes a lot of plays, but inflexibility with the salary cap looking ahead forced Miamis hands. Surtain is an excellent excellent cover guy with natural body control and is very smooth in transition. He displays great burst to recover downfield and make plays on the ball. Surtain also possesses tremendous ball skills and thus creates a lot of turnovers. Despite his average size, Surtain has been strong in press coverage and has been a sure tackler in run support. He also does a good job playing the slot. The one concern when evaluating Surtain has been injuries. He has suffered a lot of leg injuries over the past few years and some question his conditioning habits. With Surtain turning 29 by the time training camps open this summer, some teams could be concerned about his effectiveness over the long-term. But make no doubt about it, teams that need a lift in their secondary to reach the next level will be strongly considering Surtain. The Kansas City Chiefs could be one of those teams. Surtains press skills and ability to create turnovers could be intriguing within Gunther Cunninghams defense. Cincinnati and Jacksonville could also be intriguing fits to take their defenses to another level. Another intriguing match could be the Dallas Cowboys if they look to make a big splash on the veteran market. from Ourlads.com Could Houston be interested in Patrick Surtain? I know the Texans havs GREAT corners but Aaron Glenn is getting really old. 33 next year. Surtain would be GREAT in the good and young Texan's defense. Robinson or Glenn at NB you guys have the number one or two 3-4 defense in the league! Rumor Mill SportsLine.com staff and wire reports The latest on Vikings' Moss If the reports that the Vikings are allowing WR Randy Moss to seek a trade are true, then the Jets may be interested. Moss was teammates with Jets QB Chad Pennington, the Jets' starting quarterback. However, the Newark Star-Ledger reports that Moss' character and salary may be a deal-killer. Team by Team Arizona Cardinals Updated:02/04/2005 Coach Dennis Green feels confident that the Cards will come to terms with WR Anquan Boldin on a contract extension, according to the East Valley Tribune. Boldin says he wants a new deal instead of an extension. Cleveland Browns Updated:02/02/2005 Romeo Crennel is expected to be named the Browns' new coach on Monday, according to several reports. Crennel, himself, is not saying anything, according to the Hartford Courant. Green Bay Packers Updated:02/02/2005 Packer WR Donald Driver, speaking to a radio audience during Super Bowl week festivities in Jacksonville, Fla., is convinced that QB Brett Favre will retire. Favre, himself, has not rendered a decision on his future. He would be entering his 14th season in Green Bay and his 15th overall. Indianapolis Colts Updated:02/02/2005 Quarterback Peyton Manning said on the Late Show with David Letterman he'd be willing to make the necessary financial arrangements in order to help the Colts re-sign running back Edgerrin James. Miami Dolphins Updated:02/02/2005 Patrick Surtain was allowed to seek a trade by the Dolphins after the two sides failed to come to terms on a contract extension, according to several South Florida reports. The Palm Beach Post reports that Buffalo, Minnesota, Kansas City and Indianapolis are interested. Minnesota Vikings Updated:02/07/2005 The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Vikings continue to deny reports that WR Randy Moss is on the trading block. However, the Newark Star-Ledger reports that Moss have been given permission to seek a trade. New England Patriots Updated:02/04/2005 Pats owner Robert Kraft said the team will ultimately approach re-signing QB Tom Brady, according to the Providence Journal. New York Jets Updated:02/07/2005 If the reports that the Vikings are allowing WR Randy Moss to seek a trade are true, then the Jets may be interested. Moss was teammates with Jets QB Chad Pennington, the Jets' starting quarterback. However, the Newark Star-Ledger reports that Moss' character and salary may be a deal-killer. Pittsburgh Steelers Updated:02/02/2005 Running back Jerome Bettis is unsure whether he'll return next season and is going to wait to make a decision, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Updated: 2/03/2005 Wide receiver Jerry Porter is said to be eyeing Tampa Bay for his destination in the off-season. He has also said that he would like to stay a Raider. Porter played under present Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden for his first 2 years in the league. Rod Gardener could be heading to Tampa Bay in exchange for a draft pick. Gardener has been disapointing in D.C being a 1st round pick in 2000 out of Clemson. The Redskins are said to be looking for a 3rd or 4th round pick.