Michael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago reports that the Chicago Bears could be interested in pursuing David Hawthorne to play SAM backer with veterans Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs.
That’s interesting because Hawthorne has played mostly WILL and middle linebacker in his NFL career, and at first blush would not appear to have the required size to hold up over the duration of a 16-game season playing over the tight end.
Although I do think Hawthorne could play there in a pinch. Wright says that Hawthorne could play SAM and serve as an heir apparent to Urlacher or Briggs.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press says that Hawthorne could be an option at middle linebacker for the Lions, with Stephen Tulloch set to hit free agency.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated was down in Arizona for Peyton Manning’s visit with the Cardinals and says Manning’s decision remains fluid at this time. Although Denver, Arizona and Miami are the leaders right now, King says it’s still possible for another team to get involved.
Jeff Darlington of the NFL Network says the Dolphins need to come out swinging if they want to connect with Manning.
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald says that despite reports out there the Dolphins are still in play for Manning.
Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reports that the salary cap has been set at $120.6 million. He also has up-to-date franchise tag numbers for each position. The Hawks have about $30 million in cap space.
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports updates his top 30 free agents with a new name at the top, Peyton Manning.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen has been closely monitoring the Manning sweepstakes, and talks about the story with ESPN’s Mike and Mike. Mortensen said he’d be surprised if Manning makes a decision by this week.