Tampa Bay Buccaneers: When GM Bruce Allen was hired to replace Rich McKay he brought a new draft philosophy with him. Under McKay, now in Atlanta, the evaluation of college talent was contained to members of his staff, but Allen involves assistant coaches in the process. "All the coaches see all the players," coach Jon Gruden told the Orlando Sentinel. "Not many teams do that," director of college scouting Ruston Webster. "That's really unusual, and it's been good." That's the way Allen and Gruden ran the show when both were members of the Oakland Raiders. Actually, owner Al Davis ran the show, calling the shots on draft day. But that won't be a problem this April. "Now," Allen said, "we don't have Al."
Dallas Cowboys: Though OL Larry Allen has received permission to seek a trade, it's not a certainty he'll be with another team this fall. "I don't think it's a stretch to see Larry in Dallas Cowboys colors next season," owner Jerry Jones told the Dallas Morning News. "He's entered into discussions with a few teams, but he's very much a part of the Dallas Cowboys, and I would expect any player that we are financially compensating to do all things that are mandatory. As we sit right here, I expect him to be part of the team." The Cowboys do not have a mandatory veteran mini-camp until June.
New York Giants: Chargers GM A.J. Smith has set a Friday deadline for trading away the No. 1 overall pick, according to the New York Daily News, meaning the Giants have but three days to try and pry the top pick away from San Diego. The draft, of course, begins Saturday at noon, so the deadline would give the Chargers several hours to revamp their draft strategy or open negotiations with the player they choose to make the No. 1 pick. Smith has said he's received calls from Giants GM Ernie Accorsi and Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. The Chargers apparently want to trade down so they can get North Carolina State QB Phillip Rivers and some extra selections.