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Around the NFL 4/30

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  • The Saints released 35-year-old Defensive Tackle Hollis Thomas.  With concerns over the Chargers depth on the defensive line, and some cap room to spare, we may want to keep our eyes on some of these veterans that may have a good year or two left.
  • Freddy Keiaho, an unrestricted free-agent, has signed with the Colts for another two years.  Even after two productive years as the Colts starting ROLB Keiaho, a San Diego State alum, still manages to fly under the radar of other NFL teams.
  • The Patriots released Bo Ruud, their 6th round draft pick in the 2008 NFL Draft and the brother of Tampa Bay LB Barrett Ruud, after a disappointing year spent on injured-reserve.
  • The Denver Broncos have signed veteran linebacker Nick Greisen and released fullback Andrew Pinnock.  Although the Broncos are moving to the 3-4 defense in 2009, they did not draft any linebackers.  Since the draft they've signed two undrafted free agents and now have signed Greisen, who is a bit of a journeyman backup.  I think they're going to have some trouble rushing the passer this year.  On a similar note, the Broncos have on their roster SIX running backs that have at least one career start and a first-round pick who is expected to start in front of all of them.  I'm thinking at least a couple of those guys are going to get cut.  Right now their HB depth chart probably looks something like this: 
  1. Knowshon Moreno (rookie)
  2. Correll Buckhalter (16 games started)
  3. Selvin Young (13 games started)
  4. J.J. Arrington (8 games started)
  5. Ryan Torain (1 game started)
  6. LaMont Jordon (29 games started)
  7. Peyton Hillis (6 games started)
  8. Kestahn Moore (rookie)