The NFL offseason gets more and more wild by the day. After a day of trades involving Percy Harvin and Anquan Boldin, big-name players like Mike Wallace and Darrelle Revis still look to have their futures sorted.
Teams are trying to improve and fill holes before the draft. This way they don't have to take the risks of missing out in the draft. If they miss in free agency, they can still turn to the draft to find their answers.
Here is some of the latest buzz around the league centering on these players.
After a day of high-profile wide receivers switching teams, attention should shift to free agency and Mike Wallace. Likely the most coveted free-agent receiver, Wallace will surely get plenty of contract offers, making him quite wealthy.
According to USA Today, he's already receiving plenty of attention:
The Miami Dolphins spent part of their weekend courting wide receivers. As had been suspected for a while, the team contacted Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace, according to a person with knowledge of the Dolphins' discussions with wide receivers...the team expects to put forth an offer that will be in Wallace's price range.
Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post added this regarding Wallace and the Dolphins:
We hear from someone we trust that it’s a 'done deal' that Wallace will be signing with Miami.
The Dolphins are in serious need of receiver help. Re-signing Brian Hartline was a great first step, but the team needs to add a serious first option for Ryan Tannehill. It would be a nice addition to the team that would allow them more freedom in using their first pick in the draft.
The Falcons are reportedly not interested in adding Darrelle Revis, according to Newsday's Bob Glauber:
Bob Glauber @BobGlauber
Source familiar with Falcons' situation on possible Darrelle Revis trade to Atlanta: "Absolutely not."3/11/2013, 7:13:58 PM
After releasing Dunta Robinson earlier this month, it seemed that a trade for Revis could actually make sense for the Falcons. In the past, they have shown that they are willing to trade for players they feel strongly about.
Revis would have given the Falcons improved play in the secondary. Improvements on defense might be what the Falcons need to take them over the hump and into the Super Bowl. Instead of adding Revis, they will look to sign their own players and build through the draft.
Where Revis plays his football next season remains a mystery. Plenty teams are still on the list of potentials, but—for now at least—the Falcons can be crossed off.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud, are trying to trade Arrelious Benn:
Rick Stroud @NFLSTROUD
Bucs are shoppifng WR Arrelious Benn, former second-round pick.3/11/2013, 8:41:24 PM
The 2010 second-round pick hasn't exactly panned out as the Bucs would have hoped. After posting 395 yards in his rookie season and 441 yards the following year, Benn struggled through 2012 with just 26 yards in eight games. His season ended after being placed on injured reserve.
It's hard to imagine there is much of a market for the disappointing wideout, but there's obvious potential. If a team feels particularly strongly about Benn, a deal for a late draft pick could get done. Benn's cap hit for 2013 is over $1.3 million, which could lead to a release if no trade partner is found.