INDIANAPOLIS -- The NFL Scouting Combine always delivers its share of surprises and this week was no different.
As we mentioned on the "Around The League Podcast," some of those stunners came directly from the lips of the league's coaches and general managers. Other nuggets fell from the sky like a bomb blast.
Let's take a look at some of the bigger surprises to surface during our voyage to Indy:
Secretly seeking Harbaugh
A statement from the Browns neither confirmed nor denied the tale, but NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport told us Friday that Cleveland did, in fact, make a run at the coach.
Ageless in Arizona
Arians later told me that he would consider it a waste to draft a young signal-caller right now, saying "I don't think quarterbacks learn anything holding clipboards." Besides, the coach sounded perfectly content with Drew Stanton as the backup.
Palmer was far from perfect last season, but he improved down the stretch and remains firmly entrenched as the starter heading into Year Two of the Arians regime.
Steve Smith's mysterious future
When I asked Rivera if he could imagine a scenario in which Smith wouldn't be on the roster come September, the coach told me: "Not quite sure."
Our takeaway is that Carolina -- described repeatedly by Gettleman as "cap-strapped" -- is going to ask the wideout to consider a pay cut. If Smith's unwilling to budge on his $4 million guaranteed salary and $3 million bonus, it's conceivable that May's draft will be used to add talent at the position. Rivera cited the receiver slot as one of the draft's deepest pools of talent.
Our guess? Smith and the team still find a way to make this work.
Cortland Finnegan staying put
St. Louis can save a whopping $9 million in cap room by designating Finnegan as a post-June 1 cut, so we expect him -- like Smith -- to be asked to accept a reduction or hit the street.
Healing from a fractured orbital bone, Finnegan has plenty to prove after struggling through the worst season of his eight-year career.