A lot of moves have already been made during the NFL free-agency period, but there are several key players that teams must make a move on in order to improve their respective rosters.
One of those potential deals is the Green Bay Packers signing former St. Louis Rams running back, Steven Jackson, per Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Hearing the #Packers and RB Steven Jackson have been talking about a three-year deal. Working on details.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) March 13, 2013
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers appear to be interested in trading for New York Jets cornerback, Darrelle Revis, per Kimberley A. Martin and Bob Glauber of Newsday.
Veteran safety Charles Woodson was set to meet with the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Agent Carl Poston tells me Charles Woodson is visiting the #49ers tomorrow. He said he wanted to go to a contender.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2013
Another veteran safety, Ed Reed, will be meeting with the Houston Texans on Thursday, per John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Let's take a look at why each of these teams must pull the trigger on these deals.
Green Bay Packers: Signing RB Steven Jackson
The Packers have had their fair share of issues at the running back position in recent years and it looks like they are trying to solve that problem by signing Jackson. Injuries have been the biggest problem for Green Bay as numerous backs have fallen victim over the past few seasons—namely Ryan Grant, James Starks and Cedric Benson.
Jackson hasn't had those problems during his career. Sure, he does deal with injuries on a weekly basis at some points during the season, but he has proven to be a lock to take the field on Sundays and Mondays regardless.
Not only has Jackson compiled 1,000 yards or more in each of the last eight seasons, but he's also played in 14 games or more in seven of his nine career seasons in the NFL. In 2007 and 2008, Jackson played in 12 games per season, but still managed to break the 1,000-yard mark.
Adding to his sensational production, Jackson has even been successful at catching the ball out of the backfield to the tune of seven seasons of 300 yards or more receiving. His best year catching the ball came back in 2006, when he caught an astounding 90 passes for 806 yards and three scores.
Clearly Jackson will be a major upgrade at the position and is someone who can be relied upon to stay on the field all year. Just imagine the kind of offense the Packers will have with Jackson lining up behind Aaron Rodgers every week.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Trading for CB Darrelle Revis
To say the Buccaneers need help in their secondary would be the understatement of the century. In 2012, Tampa Bay ranked dead last in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game, which was a stark contrast to its top-ranked run defense.
If they could only achieve a better balance, the Bucs might be able to have a dominant defense next season.
Adding Darrelle Revis would be a huge boost for this struggling secondary. Revis is widely considered the best shutdown corner in the NFL when he's healthy and routinely takes the opposing team's best receiver out of games.
It will be costly for the Bucs to land Revis in a trade with the needy New York Jets, but there should be no price too costly to pay to bring in such a talent who will make an incredible impact. The only thing that would be left is to work out a long-term extension with Revis, which of course is easier said than done.
Tampa Bay has already made an improvement to its secondary this offseason by adding former San Francisco 49ers safety, Dashon Goldson (per Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com). Having Revis in the mix also will lead to a drastic improvement in Tampa Bay's pass defense next season.
San Francisco 49ers: Signing S Charles Woodson
Woodson is one of the premiere defensive players on the market this offseason and he couldn't be a better fit for the 49ers.
At this stage in his career, Woodson is looking to play for a winning squad and the 49ers fell just a field goal shy in Super Bowl XLVII. For San Fran, its All-Pro safety Goldson has already left town and that leaves a hole at the position.
Woodson would be a stellar veteran presence to add to the Niners' defense, which ranked No. 4 in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game. On top of that, the 36-year-old is good for about 60 to 70 tackles per season.
The two sides are perfect for each other and as long as the price in reasonable, the Niners must bring Woodson to the Bay Area as they look to make another run at the Super Bowl next season.
Houston Texans: Signing S Ed Reed
It isn't a certainty that Reed will leave the Baltimore Ravens just yet, but it looks like he's at least testing the waters of free agency and the Texans could benefit from it.
Reed has become one of the greatest safeties the NFL has ever seen and is the definition of a ball hawk. Not only that, but he also stays on the field as he hasn't missed a game in two seasons.
Houston's safety from last season, Glover Quin, flew the coop to join the Detroit Lions (per Adam Schefter of ESPN), so the Texans now have an opening at the position. On top of that, Houston's defense against the deep ball was dreadful last season, which was something the New England Patriots proved during the regular season.
Reed would be an instant upgrade and add a much-needed veteran presence in the secondary. You don't see great, experienced players like Reed on the market very often, so this is a move the Texans would be wise to pull the trigger on.
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