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Updated: April 16, 2004, 12:13 PM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
Arizona Cardinals: Coach Dennis Green has called WR Larry Fitzgerald the best player in the draft, and he does have a relationship dating back to when the Pitt star was a ball boy for the Minnesota Vikings. But that doesn't mean Green would consider trading up to get him. "We're not going to jeopardize our organization to move up, because it is expensive to move up," Green told the East Valley Tribune, adding that the Cardinals have three players they like enough to stay where they are. VP of football operation Rod Graves concurred, saying, "We feel there are three outstanding players in the draft that separate themselves from anyone else." But the team also believes there are nine blue chip draft picks and will "keep our options open" about possibly trading down.

Ogunleye
Ogunleye
Miami Dolphins: Restricted free agent DE Adewale Ogunleye has until 11:59 p.m. to sign an offer sheet with another team, but agent Drew Rosenhaus said he doesn't expect that to happen. In that case, his client's rights would revert exclusively to the Dolphins. Rosenhaus still hopes the Dolphins might trade Ogunleye before the draft next week but coach Dave Wannstedt said at the recent NFL meetings that isn't a possibility. Ogunleye has no plans to sign the team's $1.83 million tender and may sit out the first 10 games of the season. Under NFL rules, the Dolphins can reduce Ogunleye's salary from $1.83 million to 110 percent of his 2003 base salary, or $412,500, if he doesn't sign the tender by June 15. If the Dolphins cut Ogunleye's salary and he reported for only the final six games of the season, he would make about $170,000 instead of the $1.83 million for a full season. A long-term contract with the Dolphins is Ogunleye's preference, Rosenhaus told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, but the two sides are "miles apart" on that front.

Washington Redskins: The team may soon have a decision to make on reserve LB Antonio Pierce. According to the Washington Post the Minnesota Vikings have spoken to Pierce's agent, Mitchell Frankel, and appear to be on the verge of offering a contract to the restricted free agent. The deadline for singing restricted free agents to offer sheets is 11:59 p.m. tonight. The Redskins would have until next Friday to match the offer and retain Pierce. Because the fourth-year veteran is undrafted out of the University of Arizona, the Redskins wouldn't receive a draft pick if Pierce signed with Minnesota. Losing Pierce wouldn't cripple the depth in the Redskins linebacking corps. LB Mike Barrow made a visit to Redskins Park Thursday and took a physical and Washington is still waiting on LB Warrick Holdman's decision on an earlier offer.

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