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Peter King
March 05, 2001
The free-agent signing period opens on Friday, and the biggest bank-breaker will surprise you: Bills defensive end Marcellus Wiley, who figures to get a deal averaging $7 million a year, including a $13 million signing bonus. The Eagles, Cardinals and Steelers are the top contenders....
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March 05, 2001

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The free-agent signing period opens on Friday, and the biggest bank-breaker will surprise you: Bills defensive end Marcellus Wiley, who figures to get a deal averaging $7 million a year, including a $13 million signing bonus. The Eagles, Cardinals and Steelers are the top contenders....

After Wiley departs, Buffalo will target Titans free agent defensive end Kenny Holmes, who had a better season than Jevon Kearse in 2000....

Quarterback Brad Johnson will be pursued by the Ravens, Dolphins and Bucs. Baltimore will probably be the most aggressive, but there's a potential hang-up: the difference between what coach Brian Billick thinks Johnson is worth ($6 million a year or so) and what the front office wants to pay (much less)....

Slowed by shoulder and ankle injuries, Mississippi's Deuce McAllister rushed for only 582 yards in 2000, crippling his hopes of becoming a Top 5 pick. He says he got a clean bill of health from orthopedist James Andrews in January and has been in a shoulder-strengthening weight program for two months....

Looking for a back with better receiving skills, the Browns are unlikely to make an aggressive bid for Bengals running back Corey Dillon....

The Steelers, who passed on Chad Pennington, the top quarterback in last year's draft, are interested in the second-rated quarterback this year, Purdue's Drew Brees....

Climbing on the draft board: Ohio State cornerback Nate Clements, a 5'11" cover specialist with 4.4 speed in the 40, and Miami wideout-returner Santana Moss, who impressed scouts at the combine with his burst and quickness.

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