NFL Rumors: Breaking Down Latest Buzz Around the League
As we get closer to the 2013 NFL draft and the start of free agency on March 12, rumors will inevitably be heating up throughout the league.
This is the time when teams begin analyzing whether they should make a move via free agency or a trade, or simply find pieces through the draft.
Here's a look at the biggest rumors throughout the NFL lately, complete with analysis.
Interest Waning for Jets CB Darrelle Revis?
Darrelle Revis is widely considered to be the best cornerback in the NFL. The problem is, he's coming off a torn ACL and the New York Jets are asking for a bundle in exchange.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, via Dan Hanzus of NFL.com, the Jets could ask for a 2013 first-round pick and a 2014 conditional pick that could net them a second-rounder or better.
The San Francisco 49ers have a load of draft picks in 2013 (15, to be exact), so the thinking was they could swing a bunch of those to New York for Revis. The problem is, the Jets may ask for a first-rounder, and a first-rounder could fill a hole for the 49ers this year. After all, the 49ers made it to the Super Bowl last season without Revis. It's not out of the question that—with a little tinkering—they could make it back there again without the star cornerback.
Will Anthony Spencer Eventually Sign Long-Term with the Cowboys?
The Cowboys have franchised linebacker Anthony Spencer for the second year in a row, but they still have the option to either sign him to a long-term extension or trade him.
Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com wrote on Wednesday: "A source said the Cowboys haven't spoken to Spencer's agent, Jordan Woy, about any trades."
Spencer was undoubtedly a key player for the Cowboys in 2012, racking up 11 sacks en route to his first career Pro Bowl selection. On the other hand, negotiations on a long-term contract haven't gone smoothly between the two sides, and Spencer could ask for an average salary of $8 million when the time comes, according to Watkins.
The Cowboys did the smart thing by franchising Spencer, given he's only proven himself for one season, but it may come back to bite them if he has another successful year.
Will the Dolphins Land Free Agent WR Mike Wallace?
Adam Schefter of ESPN confirmed on SportsCenter on Wednesday that none other than the Miami Dolphins are "the team to beat" for free agent receiver Mike Wallace, per Rotoworld.com.
Schefter said, via the Rotoworld.com report:
A lot of people around the league believe that the Miami Dolphins are poised to make a major run at a player who many regard as the No. 1 free agent available. A lot of people around the league believe the Dolphins are the team to beat.
It makes a lot of sense. Sure, the Dolphins could grab a prospect like Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson in the draft (and they may still do that), but I'm guessing Joe Philbin and company want to find a proven receiver right away for young quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill showed promise in 2012, but he didn't have much of a receiving corps, and you want to surround a young signal-caller with enough talent to succeed.
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