Bears eyeing safety Archuleta


By Adam Schefter
Special to NFL.com




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(March 19, 2007) -- Randy Moss is the headliner on the trading block, but he is far from the only player.

Before Moss is dealt -- and it now looks as if it is only a matter of time before it happens -- one of the next players expected to be traded is Washington's safety Adam Archuleta, who will most likely wind up in Chicago.

Archuleta is expected to be traded for a mid-round conditional pick that could improve for Washington depending on how well the safety performs. The trade would help the Redskins recoup a draft pick in an offseason when Washington would like to add as many as possible.


Adam Archuleta could be headed to Chicago where he'll be reunited with coach Lovie Smith.
Before Washington trades Archuleta, it is first trying to restructure the safety's contract so as to soften his salary-cap blow once he is dealt. Chicago is the natural landing spot for him primarily because of head coach Lovie Smith, who has coveted Archuleta ever since he took over as the Bears head coach in January 2004.

Smith was Archuleta's defensive coordinator in St. Louis, and believes he knows just how to deploy the versatile safety. It is the reason that Smith tried trading for Archuleta two seasons ago, then wanted to sign him last offseason before the Redskins swooped in with a monstrous record contract for Archuleta.

Smith believes he can help Archuleta return to being the defensive presence he was in St. Louis rather than the disappointment he was last season in Washington. Smith likely would plan to play Archuleta closer to the line of scrimmage, as a weapon against the run, rather than ask him to be a centerfielder against the pass.

A GIANT BACKFIELD
The Giants already have added running back Reuben Droughns to their backfield. Now they are trying to add a blocking mate, Vonta Leach.

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The Giants signed Leach to a four-year offer sheet worth about $8 million that includes $1.6 million in guaranteed money.

Leach might not be a name familiar to Giants fans. But those within the Texans organization know him well. They considered Leach to be a superb blocker and an asset to the organization. The Texans do not want to lose him, but will have seven days to decide whether to match the offer sheet.

Leach's deal also is the latest example of an exploding fullback market. Already this offseason, fullback Ovie Mughelli landed a record deal in Atlanta, fullback Justin Griffith found a new home in Oakland and in all, six fullbacks have found new homes this offseason.

Now, Leach could be the seventh.

BROWN OUT
Injuries prevented defensive end Courtney Brown from fulfilling his potential and they probably resulted in the end of his career Monday.

The Broncos released Brown after the former No. 1 overall pick failed his physical. It now seems as if the 29-year-old Brown might be finished in the NFL, after undergoing his latest knee surgery last season. By now, there are just so many surgeries for Brown to have to overcome that he is expected to decide to quit trying to come back.


Courtney Brown's injury woes might be too much of a uphill battle for him to overcome.
It's also notable that, a mere seven years ago, the big debate in the NFL was whether the Browns should use the No. 1 overall pick on Brown or LaVar Arrington and now both could be finished due to injuries.

Arrington was released earlier this offseason from the New York Giants and there are some within the league who wonder if he will be able to return.

Arrington's agent, Kevin Poston, recently said he expected his client to be ready in about a month and that the linebacker would be ready for training camp. Others are hoping that Poston is right, but are skeptical due to the condition of Arrington's knee.

For now, Brown and Arrington, who came into the league together, could be exiting it at the same time as well.

K-2 UPDATE
Some have questioned whether the 2007 season of Cleveland's Kellen Winslow Jr. has ended before it even began after the Browns tight end underwent microfracture knee surgery this offseason.

Winslow spent about six weeks on crutches and got off them only about two weeks ago.

But neither Winslow's doctors, trainers or the tight end himself believes that his 2007 season will be curtailed. They all are expecting him to be ready for training. Of course, he is attempting to return from serious knee surgery, but the feeling of those who know Winslow, who have spoken to him this offseason, is that the tight end will return this season. And could and should be ready for training camp. The hope is they're right.

THE REMATCH!
Get ready for the rematch between Bengals offensive tackle Levi Jones and Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter, who were involved in a fracas last weekend in Las Vegas.

The Bengals are scheduled to play in Miami this season, meaning Jones and Porter will have another chance to go at again.

It's the rematch of the Palms not far from Palm Beach, Fla.