If you believe the latest rumors floating around in NFL circles, there's about to be a huge bidding war on Mike Wallace, Darrelle Revis isn't heading to San Francisco or Atlanta and Cliff Avril might be an outside linebacker in 2013.
With free agency right around the corner and the 2013 NFL draft just weeks away, the NFL is buzzing with rumors, speculation and opinion.
We've separated the truth from fiction to help you get in tune with what's really going on with some of the top players being talked about.
Mike Wallace Will Be In High Demand
The Miami Dolphins haven't been shy about letting everyone know they're going hard after Wallace when free agency opens up on March 12.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Omar Kelly recently reported, "Multiple sources tell the Sun-Sentinel Steelers receiver Mike Wallace, who won't be given the franchise tag by the Steelers this offseason, is the team's top target."
From a pure needs standpoint, this makes perfect sense. The Dolphins need to bring in talented receivers to give Ryan Tannehill the best chance to succeed.
That said, it won't come cheap.
NFL.com's Jeff Darlington reported that the Dolphins believe they'll be in competition with the Minnesota Vikings for the talented young receiver, but there could be another team in hot pursuit, driving up his price tag even higher.
According to SI.com's Peter King, who spoke with Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network, via PFT's Josh Alper, the Tennessee Titans are also in the mix to land Wallace.
This bidding war is going to make Wallace a rich young man.
Darrelle Revis Will Be Tough To Trade
The New York Jets were forthright in their declaration that Revis would be shopped during the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine (h/t New York Daily News' Gary Meyers).
As recent as Wednesday, it was thought that teams like the 49ers and Falcons could be in the mix to land the superstar cornerback (h/t New York Daily News' Manish Mehta).
Those rumors didn't last long.
Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported on the 49ers' supposed interest, writing:
While the New York Jets may be determined to trade Darrelle Revis, it would be a mistake to count the San Francisco 49ers as a serious suitor, according to a high-ranking team source.
The 49ers' interest in Revis is ".001 on a scale of 1-10," the source said via text message. That remains consistent with the same team official who previously stated the 49ers were not inclined to pursue a Revis trade.
D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution responded to the rumors that the Falcons would pursue Revis with this:
Suffice it to say, Revis Island is not relocating to Lake Lanier.
You just have to follow the bouncing salary-cap ball and Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff’s public comments.
Dimitroff said that the recent cuts were made so that the Falcons could address their own free agents and get ready for Matt Ryan’s contract.
He’s also been on record about keeping the team’s seven- to nine-draft picks this season as the team will have to get younger moving forward.
This isn't a hopeful sign for the Jets.
Furthermore, ESPN's Adam Schefter recently said (via ESPN's Gerardo Torres) that Revis is "virtually impossible to trade at this time."
Jets fans won't be disappointed to hear this news, but there will undoubtedly be plenty of rumors from now until the draft that Revis could be traded to any number of teams.
Cliff Avril an Outside Linebacker in 2013?
We knew Avril would be a hot commodity this spring.
He's been one of the most explosive pass-rushers in the league as a defensive end for the Detroit Lions the past few years, but he's being hounded by teams that feature 3-4 defenses according to the latest reports.
The Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot first reported that the Browns are interested in the pass-rusher:
Mary Kay Cabot @MaryKayCabot
#Lions DE Cliff Avril, 20.5 sacks the past 2 yrs, is on #Browns radar in free agency. #Browns DL coach Joe Cullen developed him as rookie.3/6/2013, 6:42:40 PM
Then, Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported, "Per a source with knowledge of the situation, multiple 3-4 teams will pursue Avril, with the idea of making him an outside linebacker."
Florio also brought up a good point about salary, making the observation that defensive ends make more money than 3-4 outside linebackers.
This will be an interesting development to keep track of, so stay tuned.
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