INDIANAPOLIS -- Day two of the combine featured 20 more coaches and general managers hitting the podium to give their state of the team addresses. Our heads were spinning even before the report surfaced that the Browns had made a run at Jim Harbaugh. Two 49ers sources denied any reports of Harbaugh trade talk to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
Niners general manager Trent Baalke spoke before that report came out, but new Browns coach Mike Pettine will be in the house Saturday to address the issue. In the meantime, here's what Marc Sessler, Chris Wesseling and I learned in Indianapolis on Friday:
- Any speculation that Wes Welker might be a salary-cap casualty appears to be unfounded. Coach John Fox said Thursday that it's not a "tremendous decision" because Welker is under contract. Broncos football czar John Elway reaffirmed that stance on Friday, indicating he expects Welker to be back because he's under contract.
- Elway confirmed Eric Decker needs to "hit the market" to know his value. A re-signing sounds unlikely.
"We got to look through everything, there's a lot of scenarios that we're putting together as a football team."
When asked if any of those scenarios included Smith not making the team, Rivera said: "Not quite sure."
- Rivera was more optimistic about retaining defensive end Greg Hardy. The franchise tag is an option for him.
- The St. Louis Ramsaren't cutting cornerbackCortland Finnegan, at least not yet. Coach Jeff Fisher indicated he expected Finnegan to be part of the team's offseason program despite his huge salary. General manager Les Snead also indicated the team would be patient evaluating Finnegan. It sounds like the team wants to see how Finnegan performs in the offseason before making a final decision on him or asking him to take a pay cut.
- Lewis threw a little cold water on Giovani Bernard's fantasy owners, indicating that his workload was close to maxed out last year.
- In smokescreen news: Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff talked up the possibility of trading up from the No. 6 spot in the draft. Snead, meanwhile, talked about the Rams trading down from the No. 2 pick just like he did a few years ago. Dimitroff emphasized the need for the Falcons to improve their line play on both sides of the ball.
We'll be back Saturday, when the attention will partly turn to the field. Yes, there are some players here to work out in shorts.