The NFL offseason is ramping up to begin in full in the near future, and it’s about time a number of superstar players and other assets start shuffling places—whether it be via trade, free agency or other transaction.
There’s plenty of buzz leading up to this much-anticipated period of personnel movement, and we’re here to round up some of the most exciting.
Let’s take a look at some of the buzz around the biggest names and hottest rumors in the league.
The New York Jets are clearly looking to move Darrelle Revis by the start of the 2013 season, as GM John Idzik was reportedly shopping the superstar cornerback over the past few days.
According to Gary Myers of the New York Daily News, Gang Green’s GM, John Idzik, found time during the league’s scouting combine in Indianapolis to talk shop with numerous teams around the league.
What’s even more interesting is that Idzik didn’t pencil in any time to meet with Revis’ representatives to discuss a potential extension—and you can tell the writing is on the wall.
It would be genuinely surprising if the Jets CB was still on the roster in a couple of months, as the organization has too many holes to fill and a decent enough secondary without him. They proved the latter by playing well in the 14 games Revis missed with a torn ACL.
The latest talk is that “Revis Island” could be moving to San Francisco to join the Super Bowl runner-ups.
Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole found the organization is highly considering making a run at the star, and has 15 selections in the upcoming draft as a jumping point to start negotiations.
It’ll certainly be interesting to see where the prolific defensive back winds up playing in 2013.
It seems Reggie Bush will not be back with the Miami Dolphins, so the Detroit Lions are highly interested in making a run at the dynamic running back.
As per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, sources around the league feel that the former USC star and New Orleans Saints standout will be the primary target for the Lions organization in 2013.
Birkett believes it could take up to $5 million a season to land the RB/WR/PR, but that may certainly be worth it for a squad that took a giant step back this past season.
With Calvin Johnson and Matt Stafford forming the nucleus of the Lions attack, the team brass needs to surround them with as much talent as possible and Bush makes perfect sense in its system.
He could catch passes from the slot or out of the backfield, is a home run threat whenever he touches the ball out of the backfield and can even return kicks and punts in a pinch.
There’s certainly going to be more suitors for the No. 2 overall pick in the 2006 draft, so the Lions may wind up paying a pretty penny for Bush.
The Seattle Seahawks found their franchise signal-caller in rookie Russell Wilson last year, but now have a conundrum on their hands.
Matt Flynn, signed as a free agent last summer to a three-year, $19.5 million deal, is still on the roster and making significantly more money than Wilson to simply ride the pine.
Of course, Darin Gantt of ProFootballTalk found that John Schneider, the Seahawks GM, would be willing to listen to trade offers for his backup QB this offseason.
If they aren’t able to find a suitor, there’s certainly going to be an internal debate on whether to cut or keep the No. 2 QB, as he does provide great insurance behind Wilson.
Expect this debate to rage through the summer if another team doesn’t poach Flynn away from the Emerald City.