NFL Trade Speculation: 7 Veterans Who Could Be Moved in May
So the aura of crazy from the 2012 NFL draft has subsided. And now, we enter the lull before team training camps start.
And while the focus as of late has been on the draftees who are going to be getting acclimated to their new NFL status, we can’t forget that there are also veteran players who are still on the market and could be off to new teams as well.
Here’s a look at seven free agent veterans who could be moved to new homes in the month of May.
Former Heisman Trophy runner-up Vince Young worked out with the Buffalo Bills last Wednesday. And although the former Philadelphia quarterback left Buffalo later that night, Bills receiver David Nelson spoke positively of Young’s workout to the Associated Press, saying that Young looked “aggressive” and “in shape” during practice.
While sources close to Young haven’t made it public if the quarterback has plans to work out for any other teams yet, expect to see him in a new city by the end of the month.
The issue of whether or not Driver will remain with the Green Bay Packers is a little up in the air.
While Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee expressed that he believes the 13-year veteran will remain in Green Bay, both coach Mike McCarthy and GM Ted Thompson were vague when discussing the nature of Driver’s position on the team with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Driver—currently the latest NFL player to become a contestant on Dancing With The Stars—expressed that he was willing to take a pay cut if it meant that he could stay with the team. However, the Journal-Sentinel reports that no amendments have been made to his contract as of late.
Dallas Clark was part of a mass cleaning that took place on the Indianapolis Colts this offseason.
And while the 33-year-old tight end had a solid career playing for Indianapolis—posting 427 receptions for 4,887 yards and 46 touchdowns during his career—he was hit by the injury bullet over the 2010 and 2011 seasons, playing in only six games and catching a mere 71 passes.
The nine-year vet had a meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, whose current tight end, Tony Moeaki, is returning from knee surgery.
The Kansas City Star reports that the Chiefs were definitely interested in Clark, so there is a possibility that we could see him moving before the end of the month.
Goodman is a new member to a list of veteran players looking for a new home, as the Denver Broncos released the cornerback just under a month ago.
In a decade of play that includes roles on the Lions’ and Dolphins’ defenses as well as the Broncos’, Goodman posted 343 tackles with three forced fumbles and 19 interceptions.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported via Twitter Tuesday that the 10-year vet made his first visit with the Tennessee Titans. It is thought that Goodman would play the “veteran insurance” role if signed by Tennessee.
Another newly-released vet to visit the Tennessee Titans this week is former Buffalo Bills cornerback Drayton Florence. Buffalo’s release of Florence comes just over a week after they draft cornerback Stephon Gillmore with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
NFL.com reports that Florence had two years left on his contract with Buffalo, and would have made $4 million for the 2012 season.
In addition to Tennessee, Florence has also sparked the interest of the San Diego Chargers, who originally drafted the nine-year veteran back in 2003. NFL.com sees Florence-to-San-Diego as a means for the Chargers to “boost defensive backfield depth.”
Safety Chris Crocker has a busy week ahead of him, making visits to the Lions, Cardinals, and possibly the 49ers.
The nine-year vet has a career total 476 tackles with seven forced fumbles and 10 interceptions.
NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reported via Twitter that the former Cincinnati Bengal would visit Detroit Tuesday “before heading out to Arizona on Wednesday.” So we can probably expect to see Crocker settled in to a new team sooner rather than later this month.
The five-year vet should be meeting with prospective teams, and not turning down or canceling meetings.
However, Grant's agent confirmed that the former Green Bay running back did not meet with the Detroit Lions this past Monday, telling ESPN Wisconsin it was due to “economic issues” on the Lions' end of the deal.
Grant already lost out on a chance to play for New England when the Patriots signed ex-Colt Joseph Addai back in April.
Grant has a career total 924 rushing attempts for 4,016 yards and 25 touchdowns, all with the Packers.
NFL.com doesn’t report any other teams being interested in Grant, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that there is currently “no dialogue” between Grant and the Packers.
It doesn’t look like Grant will be staying in Green Bay, so be on the lookout for him to have another meeting or two throughout the rest of the month of May.