Lynch must pass physical with Pats

August, 13, 2008
08/13/08
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Bill Belichick's interest in former Broncos safety John Lynch is real, as long as Lynch can pass a physical. The need for a hard-hitting situational safety was created last weekend when safety Tank Williams was lost for the season with a knee injury.

Lynch can fit into packages that would allow him to play 10, 15 or 20 plays a game. Belichick is the best at figuring out ways to use veterans and not wear them out. He did the same with Junior Seau, who enjoyed his Patriots experience so much that he'd love to come back.

Bentley in driver's seat: Interest in former Browns center LeCharles Bentley is heating up and he could be on a roster before the start of next week. Bentley visited the Lions Tuesday and has had a lot of calls from other teams. Now that more than half the league is breaking from training camp mode this week, it's the time when veterans such as Bentley can start finding teams. Stay tuned.

QB glut: For those who are wondering what quarterbacks other than Daunte Culpepper are available, as a public service, we will give you a partial list: Craig Nall, Tim Rattay, Cody Pickett, John Navarre, Omar Jacobs, Drew Henson, Josh Booty, Dave Ragone, Aaron Brooks, Chris Weinke and Matt Mauck. Brooks, Culpepper, Rattay and Nall are probably at the top of most teams' lists.

Bears lose rookie: Even though the prognosis is 10-to-12 weeks for the return of Bears rookie left tackle Chris Williams, it's more likely he'll miss the season. He had surgery for a herniated disk. It's likely the Bears will keep him on the roster like they did with Rex Grossman a couple of years ago, with the hope he could be available in late November or December. Still, the chances of him doing anything for the team this year are not good.

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