There are several big names ready to hit the free-agent market, but a few of the NFL’s most recognizable players may end up switching teams this season via a trade.
General managers across the league will be searching for every opportunity to improve their rosters, and there are difference-makers that have reportedly been put on the trading block.
The league’s new year starts on March 12, and after that, franchises will be free to start dealing.
Here is the latest news on the biggest names that may be on the move.
Darrelle Revis, CB, New York Jets
Will the Jets really trade the best defensive back in football?
According to the New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta, the answer is that they absolutely will, and that general manager John Idzik is looking to do this trade as soon as possible.
Mehta quotes an unnamed source saying, “He’s gone. This is happening. They’re moving him. They can’t keep him. They’re rebuilding. They’re starting fresh.” The report notes that both the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons are extremely interested.
Idzik is looking to overhaul the roster, and trading Revis will likely bring in multiple high draft picks. While a potential deal will give the team building blocks, the fanbase likely won’t be pleased to see a potential Hall of Famer leave.
Percy Harvin, WR, Minnesota Vikings
According to WCCO (a Minnesota-based CBS station) reporter Mike Max, Harvin missed the end of last season due to a confrontation with Leslie Frazier, and not because of an ankle injury. The report says that Harvin was being shopped because of the incident.
Since then, general manager Rick Spielman has firmly stated that he has no intention to trade Harvin, as the Sporting News’ Clifton Brown reported.
However, Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole notes that the writing may be on the wall for Harvin due to his lofty contract demands and the Vikings’ reported interest in free agent Mike Wallace.
When free agency starts, it will be interesting to see how hard Minnesota pursues Wallace. This will tip the team’s hand as to how it plans to deal with Harvin.
Tim Tebow, QB, New York Jets
The other two players on this list are legitimate stars and big names, while Tebow is just a big name.
It has been a strange offseason for the Jets, evidenced by the fact that Revis is much more likely to be traded at this point than Tebow. ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini quoted an unnamed NFL personnel director saying, “I don't see anyone trading for Tebow. If the Jets get compensation, that's impressive."
Cimini really had to get creative to come up with a scenario in which the Jets could get rid of Tebow without releasing him. He suggested that the 49ers will be in the market for a mobile backup quarterback, and if San Francisco ends up trading for Revis, New York may just be able to throw Tebow into the deal.
After the Jets’ tumultuous 2013 season, it is unsurprising that NFL teams are completely avoiding Tebow.