NFL Free Agent Rumors: Examining Latest Whispers Around the League
It's not even the start of free agency yet and there has already been a considerable amount of buzz zapping through the National Football League.
Some teams have already made some stunning moves, such as the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers landing some high-impact receivers.
Here's a look at some rumors floating around the NFL that point to an action-packed free agency period this year.
49ers Going After Dolphins CB Sean Smith?
Who will land Sean Smith?
Moments after it was reported that the San Francisco 49ers landed receiver Anquan Boldin for a sixth-round pick on Monday, Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reported that the 49ers would be interested in Miami Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith for "the right price."
Smith, 25, is expected to hit free agency on Tuesday. The 49ers would like to strengthen the secondary. Young cornerback Chris Culliver struggled against the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl and Carlos Rogers is aging.
Smith is still young and he's shown he can be a lockdown corner...at times. He's still inconsistent, though. He followed up a great performance with a disappointing outing on multiple occasions last season.
ProFootballFocus.com ranks Smith as the No. 7 cornerback in the 2013 free agent class, but the 2009 second-rounder has the potential to grow into a dependable cornerback given his combination of size and speed.
The New England Patriots are also rumored to be in the running for Smith's services.
Will Dolphins Land Steelers WR Mike Wallace?
The Miami Dolphins own the No. 12 overall pick in the draft this year, which they could use on someone like Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, but finding a proven veteran right away for young quarterback Ryan Tannehill would be a good idea.
Adam Schefter of ESPN tweeted on Monday:
League-wide expectation is that WR Mike Wallace winds up in Miami with the Dolphins.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2013
Brian Hartline and Davone Bess were the leading receivers for the Dolphins last season, but neither offers the home-run ability that Wallace offers. The 26-year-old has the speed to burn opposing defenses, as evidenced by his games against the San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys late last season (a combined 11 catches for 207 yards and two touchdowns).
Will Giants Land Titans DT Sen'Derrick Marks?
The New York Giants just cut defensive tackle Chris Canty and they aren't expected to re-sign Rocky Bernard, per Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.
According to the New York Daily News report, the Giants are interested in signing soon-to-be free agent Sen'Derrick Marks.
The 26-year-old ranked sixth among AFC defensive tackles in solo tackles last season, despite playing in just 14 games. While he's not one of the top defensive tackles available and he's a bit undersized for the position (6'2", 294 pounds), the 2009 second-rounder has shown flashes of greater potential.
The problem is, Marks may be difficult to land. He's already drawn interest from five teams, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.
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