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Fans are favoring Cadillac
By RICK STROUD
Published January 12, 2006
TAMPA - Cadillac Williams leads the fan voting among finalists for the Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year.
Williams has received 36 percent of the fan voting on NFL.com and leads Chargers linebacker Shawn Merriman (21 percent), Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu (17 percent), Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman (14 percent) and Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware (12 percent). Fan voting ends Jan. 30 at NFL.com or SuperBowl.com.
The winner will be announced at a news conference Feb. 2 at Super Bowl XL in Detroit.
Packers near hire
MILWAUKEE - The Packers and Mike McCarthy were nearing a deal to make him their next coach and could finalize an agreement today, the Associated Press reported.
McCarthy, the 49ers offensive coordinator, was the Packers quarterbacks coach in 1999, working with Brett Favre under Ray Rhodes. He was the Saints offensive coordinator from 2000-04.
Mike Sherman was fired after a 4-12 season, the team's worst in 15 years.
SAINTS SEARCH: Browns offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon wrapped up formal interviews to replace fired Saints coach Jim Haslett. Cowboys quarterbacks coach Sean Payton arrived to meet with the team. Meanwhile, commissioner Paul Tagliabue said he expects the Saints to play all their home games at the Superdome next season.
BENGALS: Quarterback Carson Palmer had surgery on knee ligaments torn during Sunday's playoff loss to Pittsburgh and is expected to be ready for the 2006 season.
CHARGERS: Quarterback Drew Brees let slip that the team would like to sign him to a long-term deal during a conference call. "I know that's something that for the next few months everybody's going to be working on," he said.
GIANTS: The team will exercise a clause in quarterback Eli Manning's contract that would keep him there through at least the 2009 season, Newsday reported.
RAIDERS: Oakland will interview its first candidate to replace coach Norv Turner when it meets with Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders today.
VIKINGS: Packers assistant Darrell Bevell is likely to be named offensive coordinator this week, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Virginia Tech quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers will serve in the same capacity for new coach Brad Childress.
Information from other news organizations was used in this report.