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Wednesday Notes: Roy Williams Still Isn't Getting Traded

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  • Bengals coach Marvin Lewis talked last week about Lions cornerback Leigh Bodden, who used to play for Cleveland, and had only good things to say.

    "Yeah, I'd take Leigh Bodden over a fifth-round pick," Lewis said earlier this week at the NFL owners' meetings in Palm Beach, Fla. "I think he's one of the best corners in the NFL."

    "I know he's a competitive player against us and one of the better corners we face week-in and week-out," said Lewis, whose Bengals faced Bodden twice a season in the AFC North. "He's a big guy. He's talented. He plays with great leverage. He can run. He plays square at the line. He doesn't play scared. He's very competitive."
    Bodden certainly sounds like he will make the Lions' secondary better.  And as Lewis pointed out, he is much better than a fifth-round draft pick.
  • The Lions are just barely under the salary cap right now due to "dead money" taking up a good part of it.
  • Jon Kitna pulled a prank on April Fool's Day that had Lions backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky thinking he was getting traded to the Colts.
  • Colts coach Tony Dungy knows Rod Marinelli so well that he correctly predicted the Lions' first-round pick back in 2006.  Dungy was asked to give a prediction for the Lions' 2008 first-round pick, but said that he hasn't had enough time to study to throw a name out there just yet.
  • Lions receiver Mike Furrey recently visited a young cancer patient that he has become friends with.
  • Jon Gruden understands what Rod Marinelli is doing by signing so many former Buccaneers.
  • Mike Martz took a shot at the Lions again.  Does he still not realize that he contributed to some of the Lions' issues last year?
  • Calvin Johnson is expecting to be much better this year compared to 2007.  I hope he's right.
  • The latest wave of Roy Williams trade rumors are not true.
  • Colorado linebacker Jordon Dizon was visiting the Lions on Monday.  Dizon is likely going to be a second-round pick, and for the Lions, that could be the time when they select a linebacker that would eventually fill the need at MLB.
  • Mile High Report put together a handy draft chart that allows you to see all seven rounds on one page.
  • It is looking like the Miami Dolphins may have decided on who they will select with the #1 overall pick of this year's NFL Draft.  I say that because they have reportedly started contract negotiations with Jake Long's agent, meaning he likely will end up being the first player chosen.
  • Based on the NFL Network's upcoming schedule, Pro Football Talk believes the 2008 schedule will be out on April 17.