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With the Kansas City Chiefs signing cornerback Stanford Routt on Monday, it all but guarantees that Brandon Carr will walk as a free agent. Routt — who the the Raiders released earlier this month — signed a three-year, $19.6 million deal with the Chiefs on Monday. Last season the Chiefs signed No. 1 cornerback Brandon Flowers to a five-year, $52 million deal. There is little chance the Chiefs will give Carr, who will likely command $7-9 million a year, a big deal.

The top 64 players entering the NFL Scouting Combinethis week in Indianapolis, according to Frank Cooney of NFLDraftScout.com. 1. QB Andrew Luck Stanford, 6-4, 235 pounds, Hailed by some as the second coming of Peyton Manning, Luck should be the first player picked in the NFL Draft after finishing second in the Heisman Trophy voting in consecutive years. Considering their mental, emotional and many of their physical abilities, the comparison to Manning seems appropriate.

The Broncos currently have just two quarterbacks under contract for next season, Tebow and Adam Weber. Weber, an undrafted free agent pickup from Minnesota, was on the practice squad last season. Tebow helped lead the Broncos to the AFC West title in 2011 and topped that with a wild-card round playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. But his 46.5 completion percentage was the worst among NFL starting quarterbacks.

The Minnesota Vikings are going younger this offseason in their attempt to catch up with the rest of their division. Some of their most experienced starters have contracts and ages that make them candidates for a pay cut — or for simply being cut altogether. One of them is five-time first-team All-Pro guard Steve Hutchinson, who is scheduled to make $6.95 million in 2012, the final installment of a seven-year deal worth as much as $49 million. He is well aware of the way his salary sticks out.

The NFL Franchise Tag period begins this week. The New Orleans Saints have three potential players that could be tagged. Quarterback Drew Brees leads the list followed by Wide Receiver Marques Colston and Offensive Lineman Carl Nicks. The WAFB Sports team has selected several NFL Franchise Tag stories from around the league:

The arranged marriage between Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and new offensive coordinator Todd Haley remains firmly in the awkward stage. Roethlisberger made it clear he never spoke with Haley before the coach was introduced by the Steelers last week. On Monday, Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review nothing has changed on that front.

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