NFL Rumors: Latest Free Agency Buzz on Mike Wallace, Paul Kruger and More

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03:  Paul Kruger #99 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after the Ravens won 34-31 against the San Francisco 49ers during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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After a short lull in the NFL offseason between the combine and the start of free agency, the action is about to start picking up again. It's time for teams to start filling holes in their roster, as long as they are willing to spend some cash.

Free agents don't come cheap, especially the ones that are ready to make a serious impact. And there's always plenty of competition for the biggest names on the market, which can make the process frustrating for front offices and fans alike.

Yet, at the same time the thought of adding a big-name player is what makes the offseason exciting. Let's take a look at some of the latest buzz making the rounds as teams continue to lay out their plans for the weeks ahead.


Mike Wallace

The Pittsburgh Steelers got a steal when they drafted Wallace in the third round of the 2009 draft. The big-play wide receiver proceeded to catch 32 touchdowns in four seasons, ensuring whatever team he lands with won't get such a bargain.

Tom Pelissero of 1500 ESPN reports the Minnesota Vikings will be a player in the Wallace sweepstakes. The only question is whether or not they are willing to pay a premium price to land a player of his caliber.

It shouldn't come as a major surprise that the Vikings are interested. They relied far too heavily on Adrian Peterson last season and need somebody to relieve that pressure. Wallace can stretch the field with his top-end speed and keep defenses honest.


Paul Kruger

Given all the star power on the Baltimore Ravens defense, fans around the league might be surprised to hear it was Kruger who led the team in sacks. He finished with nine, easily the most productive season of his four-year career.

Since so many teams need help rushing the passer, front offices certainly took notice. Ed Werder of ESPN reports the Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts are the teams sources are currently connecting with the outside linebacker.

The Browns didn't have a single player record more than seven sacks last season. The Colts are preparing for life after Dwight Freeney, who's also slated to become a free agent. Both teams would be great fits for Kruger.


Jared Cook

Predictions for a breakout season from Cook have been common in recent years, but one never materialized. He was underutilized in the Tennessee Titans offense. In the right situation, the potential is still there for him to become an extremely productive tight end.

One team in need of an upgrade at the position to keep an eye on is the Miami Dolphins, according to Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post. He states it's expected the team will show interest in the South Carolina product.

Miami's top pass-catching tight end last season was Anthony Fasano, who had 41 catches for 332 yards. Cook definitely represents a more dangerous target for Ryan Tannehill and would finally get a chance to show the talent he couldn't in Tennessee.