On Sproles, Taylor and Rolle

Two Thursday afternoon developments of note:

1. San Diego's surprise decision to place a high tender on running back Darren Sproles likely removes one viable candidate from the class of running backs that will hit the free-agent market Friday morning, an advantage for pending free agent Chester Taylor.

The Vikings retain exclusive negotiating rights to Taylor for another seven hours or so. If he is unsigned at that point, Taylor will be in position to net a pretty decent payday if he wants.

Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post suggests Taylor could fetch a deal similar to the four-year, $17 million contract Tampa Bay gave Derrick Ward last year. That deal included $6 million in guarantees.

2. Arizona's official release of safety Antrel Rolle puts him in position to be wooed by Chicago, among other teams. Contacted by Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, agent Drew Rosenhaus said: "The Bears would be an attractive team. Stay tuned."

I imagine Rolle will have other suitors as well, but you can already see a major free-agent effort materializing in Chicago.

As always, stay tuned.