Cullen Jenkins The veteran defensive lineman played seven seasons for Green Bay when Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie was a member of the Packers' front office.

Ex-Eagles DT on Raiders' radar

Published: Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2C
Last Modified: Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2013 - 11:57 am

The Raiders reportedly are about to jump in the mix for the services of veteran defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins, which makes sense given the player's connection to general manager Reggie McKenzie.

Jenkins was released last month by the Philadelphia Eagles, who opted not to pay him a $5 million roster bonus. Ever since, Jenkins has been a hot commodity among teams interested in adding the versatile lineman.

Jenkins, 32, already has visited the New York Giants and was to have visited the 49ers on Tuesday. He also has a visit lined up with the Seattle Seahawks, with the Raiders on the radar for today, according to NFL.com.

The Raiders figure to be in the market for at least one player capable of playing inside on the defensive line with the departure of Richard Seymour, Desmond Bryant a prospective free agent and Tommy Kelly a potential salary cap casualty.

Jenkins played for the Packers (2004-10) when McKenzie was part of that team's front office. He left for the Eagles in 2011 and started all 32 games the past two seasons.

Broncos – Star pass rusher Von Miller said he's dedicating the season to his 6-year-old cousin who recently emerged from a coma after a car accident in West Texas that also injured his mother and 8-year-old brother.

The linebacker told the Associated Press that when the boy, Jeremiah Clark-Martinez, came out of his coma, he was asked a series of questions to test his memory and among the first things he said was that his cousin, Von Miller, played for the Broncos.

That inspired Miller to make his pledge, and to tweet: "You can post this where ever … Denver broncos will win the Super Bowl" (in the 2013 season).

Vikings – The team created another opening at its thinnest position by releasing veteran Michael Jenkins, clearing $3.25 million of space under the salary cap.

Jenkins played two seasons of the three-year contract he signed with the Vikings after the lockout ended in 2011. He was due a roster bonus of $2.425 million on March 16 and a base salary of $825,000 for 2013, so the move was hardly surprising.

Browns – Ray Farmer, who spent the past seven seasons with Kansas City, was hired as assistant general manager.

The addition of Farmer led to Mike Lombardi's title being switched from vice president of player personnel to GM.

Bills – Linebacker Shawne Merriman, a three-time Pro Bowl selection and 2005 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, announced on his website he intends to file retirement papers.

The decision comes a week before he was eligible to become a free agent, and after spending parts of the past three seasons in Buffalo.

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