Minnesota: The Vikings would be stupid not to pursue Jeff Garcia, recently released by Tampa Bay. But Brad Childress said Tarvaris Jackson and Gus Frerotte will compete in camp for the job.
New York Jets: Kellen Clemens, Erik Ainge and Brett Ratliff are on the roster, and it could be a three-way competition to replace Brett Favre.
Tampa Bay: The quarterbacks on the roster are Luke McCown, Brian Griese and Josh Johnson. The Bucs could be interested in Kansas State’s Josh Freeman late in the first round.
Tennessee: Vince Young may get his job back by default if Kerry Collins doesn’t wise up and sign a new contract. Collins is in the perfect situation (doesn’t have to carry the offense), but does he realize it?
San Francisco: Mike Singletary said this week Shaun Hill and Alex Smith will compete for the starting position. But while Hill is more efficient, neither should be expected to lead a team to the playoffs.
Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree’s decision to delay surgery for a stress fracture in his left foot is equal parts gutsy and risky. He gave a 16-second statement Sunday and said: “it’s an old injury. I’ve never had any pain in it.”
Crabtree, projected as the top receiver in the draft, will wait until after his late March workout for surgery.
Crabtree may be drafted high, but the surgery will prevent him from participating in rookie camp and minicamp, putting him behind the curve.
They’ll be back
If there was any question former Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden wants a job in 2010, note how he’s involved with the NFL Network’s on-site coverage of the combine instead of sitting on a beach. He wants to stay in the loop. Another Super Bowl-winning coach, Mike Shanahan, is expected to resurface, too.
New England coach Bill Belichick said not having Gruden, Shanahan and Brian Billick in the NFL is “hard to believe” and “doesn’t seem right” and “as a coach, it’s a little bit of an empty feeling seeing people like that not in the game. As much as I don’t want to compete against them, they certainly belong here.”