NFL Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Biggest Names on the Market
With the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine finished and the 2013 NFL draft still a while away, rumors of potential trades are dominating the headlines this week.
While we've already seen one big move from the San Francisco 49ers—sending quarterback Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs (per Yahoo! Sports)—several other big names around the league are expected to be on the move this offseason as well.
Read on for all the latest buzz on the league's biggest names on the market this year and what moves NFL teams are considering making in 2013.
Steven Jackson to Hit Free Agency, or the Atlanta Falcons?
St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson will reportedly void the final year of his deal with the club in order to evaluate his options on the free-agent market.
Per Kevin Patra of NFL.com:
In a much anticipated move, St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson will test the free-agent market for the first time in his nine-year NFL career.
Citing league sources, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Monday night that Jackson will void the final year of his contract on March 12. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported last week that the Rams had agreed to let Jackson void the last year on his current deal.
The move, as Thomas points out, saves the Rams the potential public-relations backlash of cutting one of their most popular players. The Rams still might sign Jackson as a free agent after March 12, but his current $7 million contract was too high for a team in transition.
Daryl Richardson showed last year that he is more than capable of taking over from Jackson, and did eat into his carries as well, which no doubt prompted the 30-year-old to explore other options.
According to some sources, those other options could include the Atlanta Falcons.
The Atlanta Black Star reports that coach Mike Smith could be interested in bringing in Jackson as a replacement for current running back Michael Turner. They report that the Falcons plan on releasing Turner in the offseason and bringing in Jackson as the No. 1 running back. However, with Jacquizz Rodgers still present in Atlanta, you wonder whether that move would see Jackson back in the same position he's in with the Rams—with someone eating into his carries.
That could influence the likelihood of any move this offseason.
San Francisco 49ers in for Darrelle Revis?
With a plethora of draft picks up their sleeve, the San Francisco 49ers are being linked to New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis.
The Jets are said to be trying to shop Revis, who suffered a season-ending injury last year. With the right draft picks, San Francisco could well entice the struggling New York franchise to part ways with their star cornerback in 2013.
The expected trade of Alex Smith to Kansas City means the 49ers now have a staggering 15 picks -- including expected compensatory selections -- in this year's draft. But it means something else, too: They have the ammunition to make a move on New York Jets' cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Revis is under contract and isn't going anywhere ... unless someone knocks out the Jets with an attractive offer, and after hearing what coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik tap-dance around the subject at the NFL Scouting Combine I'd say they're interested in listening.
Judge also goes on to point out that the Niners desperately need help in the secondary, with Carlos Rogers nowhere near the player he once was.
With draft picks galore, Jim Harbaugh can fix that here by bringing in a guy that is arguably the best cornerback in the NFL. Revis' reputation as a shutdown corner precedes him, and any move that the 49ers make to bring him to San Francisco would provide a huge boost.
In fact, it could well be the start of their dynasty.
Pittsburgh Still Unsure on James Harrison's Future
Pittsburgh are still reportedly unsure on what to do with star linebacker James Harrison and his contract negotiation process. Albert Breer of NFL.com reports that the Steelers are engaging actively in restructuring contracts at the moment, but that no decision has been made on Harrison.
Steelers have restructured Lawrence Timmons' contract, saving approximately $5 million in cap space. Roethlisberger is next.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 27, 2013
The Steelers also have a decision to make on James Harrison. That one's still up in the air.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 27, 2013
NFL.com reported earlier in the offseason that Harrison is unlikely to take less money to remain with the team. However, the Steelers are equally unlikely to keep him around as long as he is under contract for $6.57 million next year.
Harrison was arguably the best linebacker that Pittsburgh had in 2012 and would no doubt be a huge boost for them in 2013. Who they get in the draft, or who they think they're going to get, might be a key factor in whether he is kept around.
This one is still very much up in the air.
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