2013 NFL Free Agents: Offensive Stars Worth Gambling On
With the conclusion of the 2012 regular season comes the speculation about where the offseason's premiere free agents will end up once 2013 rolls around.
The speculation becomes particularly engrossing to those of us whose teams will not be making appearances in this winter's postseason festivities.
It's still early, but it's never too soon to start projecting which free agents are likely to be on the move and which ones are worth a gamble from a team in need. Here's a look at some of the worthwhile options that could be on the move.
RB Reggie Bush
It wasn't too long ago that Reggie Bush was one of the running backs in the NFL with the most potential. He helped the Saints win the Super Bowl just a few years ago, and he's only one season removed from a campaign in which he registered 1,000-pus yards and seven touchdowns with the Dolphins.
Miami's 2012 season may have been less than impressive, but Bush's numbers were just as good as they were a year ago. Plus, at 27, it's not like he's old. He may no longer be on the upswing, but he has, at the very least, been good enough over the last two seasons to justify a contract with a team in need of some veteran rushing help.
Miami has been keeping mum on whether or not it plans to extend him, and if it doesn't, he won't be hard up for suitors.
RB Danny Woodhead
During his time in New England, Danny Woodhead has proved his worth. He may be a bit of a niche player and he may need to be in the right scheme in order to truly pan out, but if he ends up with a coach that knows how to use him, he can be a valuable asset.
Woodhead may be just 5'8", but his size works to his advantage. He's so shifty and low to the ground that he can literally dodge defenders and slip through their hands. Plus, he has speed. His numbers have never been all that gaudy—this season, he has 747 total yards and seven touchdowns—but in certain situations and in relief, he can be a tremendous weapon.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick has sort of fallen in love with Woodhead, as much as Belichick falls in love with any player, but there's no word yet on what the team plans on doing with him. If New England chooses to go in a different direction, other teams would be foolish not to give him a good, hard look.
WR Greg Jennings
Everyone knows what Greg Jennings is capable of. With him, the question is going to be whether he's worth the asking price, given his injury history.
Jennings spent much of the 2012 season on the sidelines dealing with a variety of injuries, but most notably, a groin injury. He was limited to five starts and registered just 366 yards and four touchdowns, eclipsing the 100-yard mark just once. But when he's healthy, he's as good as anybody. During the Packers' Super Bowl season in 2010, he finished with 1,265 yards and 12 touchdowns.
It's hard to believe the Packers are going to let one of Aaron Rodgers' favorite targets get away, but who knows? He could be asking for a lot of money, and the Packers may decide it's just not worth the risk. There will be plenty of other teams, however, willing to meet his demands.
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