Offseason plans devised in Mobile

Although most of the attention and fanfare at the Senior Bowl is directed toward the practice field, personnel people and coaches view this time as an opportunity to put together their complete plan for the offseason.

Teams with settled coaching staffs can really get a leg up on organizing their free-agent timetable as well. Just about every prominent player agent is in town, and while no current NFL player is actually free until March, we're not all naive enough to think these discussions don't start here.

I can speak from experience that many a free-agent deal is hatched in Mobile. On some days, a GM or personnel boss struggles to get a clear view of practice because player representatives all want to talk business.