Combine Notes: Day 4

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

On-field workouts at the combine have officially begun, as the offensive linemen and running backs completed their testing today. Tomorrow it’s the quarterbacks, receivers and tight ends. Here’s the latest from Indianapolis.

Combine Prospects

- On Monday, we mentioned the need for receiver Courtland Sutton to have a big combine workout, and the expectations are that he’ll run faster than most think during tomorrow’s testing. I’m told times in the low 4.5s are possible, better than most imagine.

Free Agency

- I’ve been told the New York Jets gameplan at cornerback includes re-signing Mo Claiborne, who is set to be a free agent, as well as keeping Buster Skrine, who is in the final year of his deal with the team. It is unlikely they go after a top-rated corner like Trumaine Johnson, although the team has set its sights on a mid-tier free agent. The Jets have been linked to Malcolm Butler in the New York media, but the word I’m hearing is that they seem to be leaning towards Bashaud Breeland.

- Many here believe if they lose out in the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes, the contingency plan for the New York Jets is to make a move to acquire Sam Bradford, who is set to become a free agent.

- I’ve been mentioning all along that the Jets have their sights set on obtaining Weston Richburg in free agency. It’s very likely going to be a much more expensive acquisition than the franchise initially thought, as I’m told the market for Richburg has exploded and plenty of teams have shown a ton of interest in the soon-to-be free-agent center. This will put the Jets in an awkward position, as they’ve shown no interest in re-signing Wesley Johnson, the team’s starting center last season.

- If the Carolina Panthers don’t re-sign Star Lotulelei, the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs are potential landing spots, as both teams have shown interest.

Keep This In the Back of Your Mind

- On Monday, I mentioned that the Seattle Seahawks will float Earl Thomas as trade bait here at the combine, and several teams are now openly talking about acquiring the safety and discussing how he would fit in their system.