Inside the Huddle: Market for Bailey

There are currently 10 teams interested in trading for Redskins CB Champ Bailey.

Updated: February 17, 2004, 3:41 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Champ Bailey
Bailey
The early list of teams interested in trading for Redskins cornerback Champ Bailey is 10, according to his agent, Jack Reale, who figures he has a month to pull his client away from the Redskins. The Lions show the most promise because of their desire to pair Champ with his linebacking brother, Boss Bailey, but the price of a first- and second-round choice and a player is too steep. Expect offers to be more in the range of a first- and third-round pick. If Dan Snyder and Joe Gibbs aren't satisfied with those trade offers, Bailey could end up staying as the Redskins' franchise player, but not without a long holdout.

Titanic cap moves

By restructuring the contracts of quarterback Steve McNair, defensive end Kevin Carter, cornerback Samari Rolle, wide receiver Derrick Mason and three others, the Titans can turn a $17.5 million salary cap deficit into a $3.1 million surplus and lose only one player, retiring tight end Frank Wycheck. The tricky part will be trying to convince offensive tackles Brad Hopkins or Fred Miller, or halfback Eddie George to give up money to free the Titans up to function in free agency.

Dan Morgan
Morgan
Healthy Morgan excels

Panthers middle linebacker Dan Morgan is hearing that coaching reviews of his Super Bowl tape show he was involved in 25 tackles instead of the press box count of 18. Regardless, Morgan's speed and range make the Panthers' defense even more special when he's healthy. Coach John Fox can't wait to see what a healthy Morgan can do against a healthy Michael Vick next season.

Chargers' draft dilemma

Even though Mark Brunell is likely to go to Washington for a third-round choice next month, the Chargers are hoping Brunell becomes a free agent and they won't have to draft a quarterback with the No. 1 pick. It's the Chargers' history to shy away from quarterbacks at the top of the draft. In 1983, the Chargers could have gotten John Elway in a trade with the Baltimore Colts, for the Chargers' three first-round picks. In 2001, they traded the chance to draft Vick to Atlanta. Their one attempt to take a quarterback by trading up to the second pick failed when Ryan Leaf turned into a bust after three seasons.

John Clayton is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

John Clayton

NFL senior writer

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