2013 NFL Free Agents: Latest Buzz on Reggie Bush, Greg Jennings and More
The NFL free-agency tides are starting to turn, and while no key names have signed with new teams yet, just picking where they'll turn up is unpredictable.
In South Beach, running back Reggie Bush's future remains uncertain. One team is interested in him, but will the Dolphins give him the long-term deal he wants?
Miami also seems like an ideal spot for wide receiver Greg Jennings. His former offensive coordinator, Joe Philbin, is the head coach of the Dolphins, but interest may not exactly be mutual.
Meanwhile, in Baltimore, the Joe Flacco situation remains largely unchanged despite the fact that he just led the team to a Super Bowl victory.
NFL free agency is about to become a hot topic, so let's dive right in for the latest dish.
Reggie Bush Headed to Motor City?
With each passing day, it's becoming more and more apparent that the Miami Dolphins aren't going to bring Bush back. In 2012, the former USC Trojan ran for 986 yards and six touchdowns, but team management believes his price tag to be too high.
However, that may not be the case with the Detroit Lions. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Detroit's interest in Bush is "real" and team management could be willing to shell out the cash necessary to sign him if the feeling is mutual.
Granted, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that Bush will likely have multiple suitors, but Detroit would be an interesting fit for him. The offense definitely has its stars in quarterback Matthew Stafford and receiver Calvin "Megatron" Johnson, but there has been a gaping hole at running back for a few years now.
Bush can fill that void easily, so it's just a matter of him and Detroit coming to an agreement, should both parties be interested.
Dolphins Not Interested in Jennings?
Ever since Greg Jennings hit free agency, the Miami Dolphins have been a team to which the man has been linked. On the outset, it seems like a good fit. Miami head coach Joe Philbin was Jennings' offensive coordinator in Green Bay for years, so a reunion of some sorts would be nice, right?
According to a tweet by Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Philbin is not a "huge fan" of Jennings. That's kind of ironic, considering how Jennings was one of Aaron Rodgers' primary go-to guys in Green Bay, but an opinion is an opinion.
That isn't to say that Jennings going to Miami is completely out of the question. For all we know, team management can disregard Philbin's opinion and pursue him anyway since the team really needs a receiver.
No other teams have yet emerged, so this is a story to keep an eye on for sure.
The Continuing Saga of Joe Flacco
UPDATE: Saturday, March 2, at 9:57 a.m. ET by Josh Benjamin
As reported by ESPN, the Ravens and Flacco have agreed to a six-year, $120.6 million deal. Flacco is now the highest-paid player in NFL history.
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One thing seems almost certain: Joe Flacco is going to be in a Ravens uniform next season. Just HOW he gets to that point, however, remains uncertain.
According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, there is "nothing much happening" between both parties right now, but that everything could change by March 4. That date happens to be the deadline for teams to set the franchise tag, which could definitely happen with Flacco.
Rather than work out a long-term deal now, the team could pay him anywhere between $14.6 million and $20 million next season, depending on which franchise tag they use, and then renegotiate a long-term deal this time next season.
There's no way to determine what's going to happen here until more information comes out, but it'd definitely be a surprise to see Flacco playing anywhere besides Baltimore in the immediate future.
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