Free agent defensive end Aaron Kampman spent Saturday morning in Jacksonville, meeting with the Jaguars coaching staff, the Florida Times Union reported, citing league sources. The latest word is that Kampman will remain overnight in Jacksonville.
The report also said his representative remain in contact with the Eagles, although it is unknown whether Kampman will visit Philly or his other suitors, or whether he will leave Jacksonville without a contract.
Reports differed yesterday as to whether Kampman might be coming, but lots of people around the league seemed to believe the Birds are interested in a high-motor defensive end known for his work ethic.
The Eagles have announced no pending free-agent visits.
The stumbling block might be the ACL tear Kampman suffered with the Packers in November; it's unlikely the Eagles or any team would sign Kampman without taking a thorough look at his knee. Agent Neil Cornich has touted Kampman's ahead-of-schedule recovery, but - this just in - agents say a lot of things and teams generally require verification.
Cornich has not responded to requests for comment from the Daily News.
From the ex-Eagles files ...
* Brian Westbrook officially became a free agent yesterday. Among the teams being mentioned as a possible landing place is Minnesota, where Westbrook would play for former Eagles offensive coordinator Brad Childress. One of the major concerns would be that the Vikings play and hold many of their practices on turf. As Les reported from the scouting combine, a source with solid knowledge of Westbrook's knee woes emphasized that BWest needs to play and practice on grass.
* Minnesota offensive lineman Artis Hicks, an unrestricted free agent, will visit three teams -- Washington, Arizona and Detroit -- the next few days, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.. Hicks said he hasn't ruled out returning to the Vikings. UPDATED: Hicks agreed to a 3-year deal with the Redskins.
New Giants safety Antrel Rolle indicated that he would like to play on offense, too. Rolle said he wants the chance to throw passes out of a Wildcat formation.
“Absolutely,” he said. “I think that’s going to come from showing them exactly what I can do. Once I’m here with this organization, they will get a pretty good feel of what kind of athlete I am. I can throw the ball a million miles, I think everyone knows that at this point. Whether they are going to use me for that, I don’t know yet. I hope so because I think it brings another dimension to football. It creates a mismatch. It’s also something that can excite the fans and it can be a momentum changer.”