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Updated: March 30, 2004, 12:07 PM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
Cleveland Browns: S Earl Little is coming off a six-interception season and feels he's outgrown the five-year, $7.5 million contract he signed last year. So he's asked for and received permission from the Browns to seek a trade. "It doesn't mean that Earl won't be back," agent Drew Rosenhaus told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "There's no hard feelings between Earl and the organization. We're interested in renegotiating his contract. We feel we've outplayed his deal and we're looking to do a new one. The team said if we can find what we're looking for, they're looking to get a pick early in the draft. So we're going to give it a shot." His current deal calls for an NFL minimum salary of $535,000 in 2004. Rosenhaus said if Little is unsuccessful in finding a team to pay him more and trade for him, "he'll be very happy to be back."

Kansas City Chiefs: If offensive firepower equated into championships, the Chiefs would likely have two Lombardi Trophies on their mantle. But offense alone won't do it, and the lack of an effective defense has cost the club over the last two seasons. Still, coach Dick Vermeil isn't opposed to drafting a quarterback in the first round of April's draft. "We've already been through a year when the first-round pick basically couldn't make a contribution because of the quality and caliber of athlete in front of him," Vermeil told the Kansas City Star, referring to the drafting of RB Larry Johnson last year. "But the quarterback position is slightly different. You don't want him to be a contributor his first year."

Detroit Lions: With the departure of QB Ty Detmer, the club needed a new third-stringer, and they now seem to have one. Provided he passes a physical this week, QB Rick Mirer will backup Joey Harrington and Mike McMahon. "We've agreed to terms," coach Steve Mariucci told the Detroit Free Press. "We're going to bring him in and give him a physical. That's the routine we have. I think he's going to come in Thursday when I'm there, when we're all back." Mirer is well-schooled in the West Coat offense and has worked with both Mariucci and quarterbacks coach Greg Olson when both were in San Francisco.