Who's Available in Expansion Draft
Feb. 08, 1999
CLEVELAND (AP) _ A look at 30 players available in Tuesday's expansion draft, one from each team, and why Cleveland may or may not be considering them.
ARIZONA _ DE Jerry Drake. Fourth-year pro spent all but one game in '98 on injured reserve.
ATLANTA _ S-DB Chris Bayne. Played 10 games on punt coverage team for NFC champs. Only 23 years old.
BALTIMORE _ WR Michael Jackson. One of several ex-Browns on list. Jackson's production slipped from 14 TDs in 1996 to zero in '98. Due to make $3.3 million next year.
BUFFALO _ FB Clarence Williams. Anyone nicknamed ``Pooh Bear'' would be a hit with the Dawg Pound. Rookie in '98 would come cheap.
CAROLINA _ NT Mike Fox. Had disappointing '98 season, finishing 12th on team in tackles. Will make $1.8 million in '99.
CHICAGO _ OT Andy Heck. Established 10-year veteran could help mesh young line.
CINCINNATI _ LB James Francis. 30-year-old fell from favor with Bengals coach Bruce Coslet when he came to camp overweight last spring.
DALLAS _ RB Daryl Johnston. ``Moose'' will turn 33 day after draft. Hasn't been same player since neck surgery and is overpriced at $1.65 million. Browns could restructure his contract.
DENVER _ DB Darrien Gordon, DE Neil Smith. With quality corners a premium, Browns could scoop up 28-year-old Gordon _ NFL's career punt return leader _ despite $3.2 million salary cap cost. Smith, on the other hand, isn't worth it at $3.5 million.
DETROIT _ C Jim Pyne. Started all 16 games in 1998, but asked Lions to place him on expansion list. Played guard for four seasons at Tampa Bay before signing four-year, $8.9 million deal in Detroit.
GREEN BAY _ OT Matt Willig and KR Roell Preston. Forget Robert Brooks (too expensive) and Reggie White (may retire). Willig, a six-year pro, is 29 and will count only $600,000 against cap. Preston made Pro Bowl this year.
INDIANAPOLIS _ WR Aaron Bailey. Limited to 10 games in '98 because of coaching decisions and minor knee injury but still was team's most productive punt/kick returner. Would count $942,000 against cap.
JACKSONVILLE _ DT Jose White. Backup defensive tackle worked his way into regular playing rotation as injuries piled up for Jags. Finished with 38 tackles and three sacks.
KANSAS CITY _ LB Ron George. Good speed and can play inside or outside. Used mostly on special teams by Chiefs last season.
MIAMI _ T Jeff Buckey. Four-year pro from Stanford is big _ 6-foot-5, 305 pounds _ and could develop into solid player.
MINNESOTA _ LB Dixon Edwards. Not surprising Vikings left starter exposed following mediocre year and two years left on $10 million contract.
NEW ENGLAND _ G Todd Rucci. Another solid lineman with six years NFL experience.
NEW ORLEANS _ QB Heath Shuler. Missed '98 season with injured foot. Could be available again if Browns ignore him and Saints release him.
NEW YORK GIANTS _ G Jerry Reynolds. Versatility is a plus. He's played all three line positions in six NFL seasons.
NEW YORK JETS _ QB Glenn Foley. Started first two games of '98 season before getting hurt and replaced by Vinny Testaverde. Contract and bonus would make him $2 million cap hit.
OAKLAND _ WR Desmond Howard. His Cleveland roots make him appealing. His 2 catches last year and a high price tag _ at least $1.5 million for next two seasons _ does not.
PHILADELPHIA _ LB James Willis. Middle backer led Eagles with 96 tackles last season, and his salary-cap figure of only $925,000 makes him tough to pass up.
PITTSBURGH _ DB Jason Simmons. Fifth-round draft pick in '98 never reached expectations but could be a bargain at just $218,300 toward cap.
ST. LOUIS _ C John Flannery. Started all 16 games for Rams, but eight-year vet has been plagued by knee problems.
SAN DIEGO _ OT Marcus Price. Chargers re-tooled with veterans in '98, bumping third-year vet down depth chart. At 6-6, 320, his size is a plus.
SAN FRANCISCO _ DB Antonio Langham. Wants to return to Browns, who drafted him in '94 _ but might be too expensive _ $3 million _ now. The 49ers will probably cut him.
SEATTLE _ RB Steve Broussard. Versatile back was used primarily as kick returner for Seahawks in '98. His age _ 32 on Feb. 22 _ could scare Browns off.
TAMPA BAY _ DT Marcus Jones. The No. 22 pick of the '96 draft, he has struggled as the Bucs moved him up and down defensive front. At 24 he could be around for awhile.
TENNESSEE _ WR Willie Davis. Caught 32 passes for 461 yards and three TDs in '98. Scheduled to earn $1.6 million in '99.
WASHINGTON _ QB Gus Frerotte. Hasn't recovered since head-butting a concrete wall after scoring a touchdown.