NFL free agency is almost upon us, and some of the biggest names in the game could soon have new homes. It's all going to come down to money, and plenty of teams are willing to spend this offseason.
Veteran defensive lineman John Abraham is available following seven years with the Atlanta Falcons. The man can still play, but just how much is he worth now that he's going to turn 35 in May?
Meanwhile, another up-and-coming defensive player is set to cash in following a big season. Paul Kruger did a great job for the Baltimore Ravens in 2012, and his services are definitely up for the highest bidder. The only question that remains is, who will that be?
Also, what's going on with one of the many solid receivers available on the open market this season?
There's a lot of ground to cover, football fans, so strap on your helmets and let's get right to it.
Bidders Lining Up For Paul Kruger
Paul Kruger is about to hit unrestricted free agency for the first time, and his 2012 season with the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens has made him one of the most in-demand linebackers on the market.
Kruger only had 42 tackles in 15 games last season, but proved to be an excellent pass-rusher in registering nine sacks and forced a fumble. Throw in great size at 6'4", 270 pounds, and it's no wonder that teams want to sign him, and quick.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Browns will definitely make Kruger an offer. Seeing as how the team ranked 25th in passing yards allowed last season, it's clear how strong a fit Kruger would be on the team.
Moreover, the Browns' defense needs a lot of help, and adding Kruger would be a giant step in the right direction. He has proven to be an explosive presence when called upon, and extended playing time on the Browns could definitely make him a better player, and the Browns a better team as a whole.
John Abraham Headed West?
Defensive end John Abraham has been in the league since 2000, and has become one of the best at his position in that time. For his career, the man has 122 sacks and 44 forced fumbles.
With the Atlanta Falcons last season, Abraham had 10 sacks and six forced fumbles, not at all bad for someone 34 years old. Despite that, the Falcons released him for financial reasons.
Even though he's approaching age 35, the man still appears to be in demand. According to Kimberly Jones of NFL Network, Abraham is set to visit the Seattle Seahawks, who definitely could use some help in the pass-rushing department while Chris Clemons recovers from a torn ACL.
The only real concern here would be Seattle overpaying to land Abraham. Again, as good as he still is, he's about to turn 35. That's not exactly a spring chicken in NFL years.
Just the same, if the money is right and both sides can come to an agreement, Seattle fans should look forward to another promising season of Seahawks football.
Could Mike Wallace Be Headed North?
Over the past few seasons, Mike Wallace has established himself as one of the league's premier receivers. Now that he's a free agent, he is preparing to cash in on a lucrative deal.
Wallace, 26, caught 64 passes for 836 yards and eight touchdowns in 2012, down from 72 catches for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns in 2011. However, that can be attributed to not having quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for three games this past season, and teams are still highly interested in him.
According to Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 Twin Cities, the Minnesota Vikings "will and can" pursue Wallace, who is also expected to draw interest from the Miami Dolphins, as reported by Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.
Wallace would be a fine fit for both the Dolphins and Vikings, but Minnesota's interest is particularly interesting. They do need a reliable go-to receiver, but would Wallace want to play for a team that employs a run-first offense?
The truth is that in the NFL, money talks, and it's just a question of whether the Vikings can put together a strong enough financial package and make a strong enough pitch to bring Wallace to the team. Otherwise, they'll need to seek receiving options elsewhere.