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Clock ticking toward opening bell of free agency ... Rumor tracker

[UPDATE 11:05 PM EST: reporting Antrel Rolle will visit the Giants on Friday. Report indicates Giants may offer Rolle $8 million per year.]

[UPDATE PM EST: Chris Mortenson tweets that it looks like Karlos Dansby will decide between Miami and the Giants. By the way, various reports say Dansby is not heading to Miami tonight. ]

[UPDATE 9:48 PM EST: If ESPN's John Clayton is right, you can scratch linebacker Gary Brackett off the Giants' potential middle linebacker wish list. ]

[UPDATE 9:44 PM EST: reporting that the Giants are in a battle with the Bears, Dolphins and Cardinals for Antrel Rolle. Seems the Bears remain the favorite]

[UPDATE 8:14 PM EST: Antrel Rolle could be headed to Chicago. ]

[UPDATE 6:51 PM EST: Cross Chad Pennington off the list of potential replacements if David Carr leaves the Giants. ]

[UPDATE 6:30 PM EST: Giants among teams targeting running back Chester Taylor. Boy, this promises to be an interesting weekend.]

[UPDATE 6:06 PM EST: Here is the Giants official RFA tender info:

The Giants announced today they have tendered one-year contracts to restricted free agents DT Barry Cofield, WR Domenik Hixon, DE Dave Tollefson, WR Sinorice Moss, LB Gerris Wilkinson, WR Derek Hagan, OL Guy Whimper, OL Kevin Boothe and DB C.C. Brown. Cofield, Hixon and Tollefson received second round tenders. Moss, Wilkinson, Hagan, Whimper and Boothe received an original round tender, and Brown received a Right of First Refusal tender. If another club signs any of these players to an offer sheet, the Giants will have seven days to match that offer. If the Giants choose not to match, they will receive the appropriate compensation from the respective club.

The Giants have also tendered one-year contracts to three Exclusive Rights players: RB D.J. Ware, TE Scott Chandler and DB D.J. Johnson.]

[UPDATE 5:53 PM EST: Here is the link to the 'Giants out of the Dansby Derby' story. There are also reports that Dansby is already headed to Miami.]

As the clock ticks toward the opening of free agency the rumors are swirling fast and furious. Many of those, of course, surround the New York Giants Karlos Dansby, who might be the biggest unrestricted free agent prize of them all. Sorry, Julius Peppers fans.

Here is ESPN's Matt Mosley talking about Dansby and the Giants.

Big things could be in the works here, as there are already rumors swirling that New York could be a prime suitor for linebacker Karlos Dansby. An impact linebacker is certainly near the top of their wish list and Dansby fits the bill. Plus, he is extremely versatile. Getting faster on defense is a huge priority with new coordinator Perry Fewell stressing the ability to cover a lot of ground. However, Dansby isn’t really the thumper they need in the middle and is more of an outside linebacker for this system, although he would be great on passing downs. This is a group of decision-makers who might be starting to feel some heat, so do not rule out a big move or two.

This one isn't a rumor. But, it's one to feed the 'Kirk Morrison to the Giants' crowd. Walter Football thinks you are on to something.

For a mere third-round pick, you can have one of the better linebackers in the NFL. I really don't get this. Perhaps Al Davis doesn't think Morrison is a "great player" anymore because he's not as fast in the 40. Or perhaps Undead Al spilled some goat blood on his tender sheet and couldn't read the names, which would explain why he gave his crappy nickel corner a first- and third-round tender.

Every 4-3 team should be interested in Morrison. The one that makes the most sense to me is the Eagles - they have two third-round selections and need to upgrade their linebacking corps. If they obtain Morrison, they can put him in the middle and slide Stewart Bradley to the strongside position.

Antrel Rolle has officially been released by the Arizona Cardinals. Hey, if they sign David Carr and the Giants sign Rolle I think the Giants win that trade. Don't you?