Holmgren wants White
Mike Holmgren would like to arrange a little reunion with Reggie White in Seattle.
Holmgren, the Seahawks' coach and general manager, said he talked with the NFL's career sacks leader on Tuesday about a possible comeback. The Tennessee Titans, in White's home state, are also interested in the 38-year-old star, who retired in 1998.
"We're going to continue to talk," Holmgren told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "Now his agent will call. I don't know if we can afford him. But the fact that he phoned me and I love the guy makes me want to pursue this."
White played for Holmgren in Green Bay, helping the Packers win one Super Bowl and reach another.
The defensive end would provide leadership for the young Seahawks and fill a hole on the defensive line created by the free-agency departures of Philip Daniels and Sam Adams. The Seahawks are also talking with former Packers defensive tackle Gilbert Brown.
White had 192 1/2 career sacks and was voted to 13 Pro Bowls. His talks with the AFC-champion Titans are on hold.
"I don't think he's working one side against the other," Holmgren said. "He's not doing that. So we'll continue to talk."
Wide receiver Dennis Northcutt, the 32nd overall pick in April's draft, was on the field for practice Wednesday after signing a seven-year deal with Cleveland. Financial terms were not disclosed. The Arizona product was the lone holdout from Cleveland's training camp. Northcutt missed 15 practices and fell behind fellow rookie JaJuan Dawson and free agent David Patten in the competition for the team's third wide receiver spot.
"Anytime a player misses this amount of practice it's unfortunate," coach Chris Palmer said. "I understand it's a business."
When asked how he would work Northcutt into the offense, Palmer said, "Very, very slowly. ... He just has to get up to speed as quickly as he can."
Quarterback Shane Matthews, who posted a 3-2 record last season as a starter before a hamstring injury ended his season, signed a one-year contract with Chicago. The Bears did not release terms, but published reports said the incentive-laden contract could pay as much as $1.5 million. Matthews, a six-year veteran, was hospitalized with a staph infection in the spring, but is back to his playing weight of 198 pounds. He will open camp third on the depth chart behind Cade McNown and Jim Miller.
"He's got some conditioning to do," Bears vice president of player personnel Mark Hatley said. "His arm and everything was fine. He threw the ball well in practice. I was tickled that he wanted to be back."
Hatley said he expects the Bears' two unsigned draft picks, safety Mike Brown and receiver Dez White, to sign by the time the team opens training camp Friday in Platteville, Wis.