As soon as the Super Bowl ends, it is time to start looking forward to next season. It is never too early to start looking at potential moves that could help the team in the future.
Of course, some teams started this practice in October, but now is the time for serious moves to happen.
While the NFL draft gets the most popularity, trades and free agency allow squads to acquire veteran players that can turn around a team immediately.
These players are the most likely to be on the move this offseason.
Although Greg Jennings has been solid throughout his career with the Green Bay Packers, it seems like he is no longer needed. Between Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb, the team has a pretty full receiving corps.
As a result, the receiver has already started looking in other places this offseason. First of all, he has already put his house up for sale (via Realtor.com). He also has been "connected to the Miami Dolphins," according to Chris Wesseling of NFL.com.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald stated recently, "The Dolphins will consider making a serious run at Jennings in March," so the interest is apparently mutual.
There will be a lot of teams vying for the receiver's services, but it seems like Miami has gotten out to an early lead.
The former starting quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers lost his job midseason to Colin Kaepernick. However, he is still likely to garner interest from around the league.
Fox Sports' Nancy Gay reported that the team will attempt to look for a trade that could net a draft pick in return:
With numerous teams—the Browns, Bills, Chiefs, Cardinals at the forefront, as well as the Eagles—expressing interest in Smith, NFL sources told FOXSports.com late Tuesday the 49ers are eager to work out a draft-pick trade (fourth- or even fifth-round) that would send their former franchise QB to a new home that suits him best, regardless of whether it’s a division opponent.
This certainly makes more sense than an outright release. It will allow the 49ers to get something in return for a very talented player, and it will also allow them to have control over his new destination, regardless of what they say publicly.
Smith was having arguably the best season of his career before suffering a concussion. Since losing his starting spot, he had remained a great teammate and usually said the right things to the media.
Considering the overwhelming need for quarterbacks around the league and the weaker draft class at the position, teams are likely to overpay for the veteran in a trade.
There comes a point where a team has to decide if salary matches productivity for a veteran player. That point might be coming soon for the New York Giants and Osi Umenyiora.
Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports that the defensive end would like to stay with his current team, but that is unlikely:
The likelihood is Umenyiora will be able to find another team to pay him more than the Giants—with 22 of their own free agents and salary cap restrictions to sort through—will be able to afford.
Schwartz also lists the New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons as potential destinations for the feared pass-rusher.
Umenyiora only had six sacks this season, which tied for the lowest total since his rookie season. However, his reputation alone is certain to get him a job somewhere next year.