Denver Post wrote:
Veteran guard Dan Neil is scheduled to meet with New England on Tuesday, his first visit since being released by the Broncos in February.
Neil, a fixture on Denver's offensive line since 1998, is recovering from hernia surgery in early April. He had knee surgery in January.
Neil, who was drafted by the Broncos in 1997, said he will be recovered in time for training camp.
"We will see what comes of the meeting there," Neil said of the Patriots. "I think they just want to get a feel for me."
When Neil, 31, was cut in a salary cap move, the Broncos told him there was a chance he could return. But that no longer looks like a possibility. Neil said he hasn't been in contact with the Broncos and is preparing to sell his Denver-area house.
In the past, I've only heard the Lions having interest in Neil, and that was before they signed Rick DeMulling. I really hope the Falcons look into Neil. He would be a great upgrade at the LG spot, and would allow us to move Lehr to OC where he could compete with McClure. With a steady vet like Neil at LG, I bet Shaffer's play at LT improves significantly.
If the Pats land Neil as well, I'm going to be pissed. I know the cap situation is fairly tight, but if we can agree to terms with Neil quickly, it can give us some time to free up space with other contracts. My thoughts are that we could extend Todd Weiner's contract.
Based on this year's draft, I don't think Weiner is going to be a cap cut this year. Omiyale doesn't look like a player that will be starting in the near future. Weiner is signed through 2006, and maybe the Falcons should add another year or two to the end of that deal. I know many think Weiner is upgradeable, and I agree somewhat, but I think he is capable on the right side, at least when compared to others. He and Forney are a pretty solid combination, and I think it would be a good sign to see the team try to gain some consistency there for the next few years.
Also Kerney is a candidate to get an extension. Like Weiner, his contract is up after 2006, and he is costing about $5.8 million against the cap. I understand if the team is a bit apprehensive about giving out another big signing bonus, since Kerney got $8.5 million 2.5 years ago. At the very least we can lower his $4.45 million base salary.