NFL Players Forcing Their Way to New Teams in 2013
All good things must come to an end, and there are a handful of name NFL players who are ready to move on to new teams in 2013.
In fact, you might say that they're forcing the issue to a certain extent.
Osi Umenyiora hasn't been shy about making his thoughts known, per ESPN New York 98.7 FM:
Umenyiora's not the only star who has directly or indirectly made his intentions known about wanting to move on this offseason, either.
Let's take a look at five stars who are making it clear they want to play for different teams in 2013.
Tim Tebow, New York Jets
Tebow's arrival in New York heralded another disastrous season for the Jets, and his presence on the sidelines and in the locker room seemed to turn an already horrible situation into a hot steaming mess.
Even though he has two years left on his rookie deal, he'll likely be cut, leaving the door wide open for a team like the Jacksonville Jaguars to swoop in and give him the starting shot he's been hoping for.
Devin Hester, Chicago Bears
It's no secret that Devin Hester isn't happy right now.
ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson reported upon the Bears' dismissal of coach Lovie Smith:
"I don't even know if I want to play again," Hester said. "That's been something on my mind for two years.
"It's not (much fun for me anymore). I've got my workers comp papers in my pocket. We'll see how I feel. I'm going to go home and talk to my wife and talk to my family and see where we go from there. I got two beautiful kids, man, two boys. A lot of stress has been on my mind lately."
When asked if a change of scenery might help, Hester replied, "Who knows? If it's the right place ... if not, I feel like I've done enough in the league to where I established myself (as) one of the elite players to ever play the game."
This is pure speculation on my part, but I'm convinced Hester's love for the game could be re-energized under the right circumstances. He's been ill-used in Chicago the past couple of seasons, and there's no doubt Hester is still an elite return man who could add an explosive dynamic to a contending team.
It doesn't seem likely that he'll be interested in returning to play another season for the Bears, but a team like the Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots or even the Miami Dolphins might entice him to scrap any retirement plans he's been pondering.
Osi Umenyiora, New York Giants
The magic seems to have departed for Osi Umenyiora and the New York Giants.
In fact, it isn't too crazy to take a look at the Giants and wonder if a full-blown rebuilding process isn't in order in the near future. The team's offensive and defensive lines are both in need of serious help, and the Giants defense isn't the same scary unit that won two Super Bowls.
Perhaps that's what's causing Umenyiora to feel that it's time to move on. Whatever the case may be, he's clearly looking ahead to a future that doesn't involve the Giants.
As we showed in the opening slide, Umenyiora hasn't made any bones about his desire to move on, and I can't see him returning to play for Big Blue next year.
Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
Michael Vick was knocked out of his starting spot when he suffered a concussion in Week 10. Rookie Nick Foles took over, and it wasn't until Foles himself suffered a broken hand in Week 16 that Vick was called back into action.
He's due to make $16.9 million in 2013, and the Philadelphia Eagles aren't likely to keep him under the weight of his inflated deal.
When the topic of a reworked deal that might keep him in Philly came up, sources close to Vick told the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane that Vick wouldn't do a new deal. He firmly believes he's worth every penny, and he won't be happy as a backup at a reduced rate.
The Eagles are likely to cut Vick and continue giving Foles the chance to prove his worth as a starter.
Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers
Greg Jennings doesn't think he'll be wearing a Green Bay Packers uniform in 2013. He said as much in a recent interview with "Double Coverage" co-hosts Steve Wyche and Mark Kriegel on NFL.com.
-"ARod is the most overrated QB in the league! He is no where near Peyton or Brady! It sickens me. Peyton would avg. 5 TDs with this squad!!!"
-"Who can make a play @GregJennings can! He's the best freakin receiver these clowns got! Now take your talents to South Beach and get paid!"
Jennings' sister's account has since been deleted, but there's no doubt she hopes her brother gets a new address in 2013.
Jennings himself made another statement that causes one to believe he's ready for the move, too, when he told Fox Sports Wisconsin that he'd rather play indoors or in a warmer climate than brave the elements at Lambeau Field in January.
We don't believe that Jennings harbors the same feelings toward Rodgers as his sister, but it seems clear that he's angling for a more comfortable playing environment to finish out his playing days.
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