Whispers from around the NFL

Updated: January 3, 2005, 5:44 PM ET
Pro Football Weekly
  • With Dennis Green expected to give his position over to second-year pro Gerald Hayes in 2005, don't be surprised if veteran Cardinals LB Ronald McKinnon isn't back next season.
  • According to a source close to the Ravens, there are rumblings the team could switch to a 4-3 defense next season.
  • We hear Niners management and head coach Dennis Erickson could possibly avoid a testy stalemate regarding Erickson's coaching staff, with some of the head coach's older assistants simply agreeing to retire. We also were hearing growing rumors at presstime that the Niners could switch gears and consider firing GM Terry Donahue -- despite his four-year contract extension before the season -- rather than Erickson, who would be a lot more expensive to dump.

  • QB Kurt Warner, who believes he can still start in the NFL, has told the New York media that he will not return to the Giants next season, and reports already have come out as to where he might end up. As of now, Chicago, Miami and Dallas have been mentioned most often.