Once the 2013 NFL draft is over, the future locations of certain free agents will start to become more clear. Teams will have addressed some of their needs and will be looking to fill any remaining holes with those available in the free-agent market.
The combine hasn't stopped teams from looking for ways to improve their rosters. If a general manager waits too long, he risks losing a key free agent to a different team.
Here are three rumors involving some of the league's bigger names.
Darrelle Revis Not Going Anywhere?
Despite only making two starts in 2012, Darrelle Revis remains one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL. Oddly enough, there have been rumblings that the New York Jets might be willing to move him. It would be more of a cost-prohibitive move more than anything else, however; the Jets might find the trade market rather scant.
As Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com reports:
What are the Jets' chances of trading CB Darrelle Revis before the draft? "Not a chance," said one agent, alluding to the lack of cap space around the league. Revis is thought to be seeking about $16 million a year, the annual salary for Bills DE Mario Williams, the highest-paid defensive player. The agent described that deal as an aberration, saying he doesn't expect a cornerback to land a contract that big. One man's opinion -- for what it's worth.
A shutdown corner is a coveted piece of any defense. Champ Bailey is the prime example of what an elite cornerback can do, covering an entire side of the field almost by himself.
Revis still has a little way to go to reach that kind of level, especially as he recovers from a torn ACL. The Jets would be foolish to move him this offseason, so it would be a blessing in disguise should no team take him.
Reggie Bush Possibly on His Way out of Miami
Reggie Bush revived his career with the Miami Dolphins. The former Heisman Trophy winner had been a disappointment with the New Orleans Saints and never lived up to the hype. Things were much different in Miami, where he rushed for 2,072 yards and 12 touchdowns while also catching 78 passes for 588 yards over the course of two years.
You could understand why Bush would feel comfortable with the Dolphins and not want to go anywhere in free agency. A new contract doesn't look to be a luxury afforded to Bush, though, as Dan Hanzus of NFL.com reported:
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Saturday on "NFL Total Access" that Bush is unlikely to be re-signed by the Dolphins, who view him more as a luxury than an essential building block.
Bush's representatives met with Dolphins brass earlier this week to get a feel of the situation. Bush wants to remain in Miami, but he also wants a competitive multi-year deal. The two sides aren't matched up.
The Dolphins are right in the respect that Bush isn't "an essential building block." He can be a very good player for a team that already has a power back who can complement Bush's style.
Steven Jackson to Meet with St. Louis Rams
One of the most consistent performers over the years for the St. Louis Rams has been Steven Jackson. With a young quarterback like Sam Bradford, it would be great to have such an experienced back. As Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, Jackson's time in St. Louis might be coming to an end:
Jackson, the Rams’ three-time Pro Bowl running back, is expected to void the final year of his contract and thus become a free agent.
Jackson has until March 12 to make that decision. The Combine-week meeting may shed light on that decision, and may also provide an indication of how far the Rams are willing to go financially to keep him in St. Louis.
The Rams have too many holes to pay Jackson the $7 million they did last season. Having a solid running game won't do anything to help Bradford if the offensive line and wide receivers aren't addressed this offseason.
In addition, his numbers have been steadily dropping since 2009. At 29 years old, you have to wonder how much longer Jackson can remain a productive feature back.