The Raiders and Redskins entered free agency locked up against the cap. As a result, we haven't seen their names attached to any of the big acquisitions over the first two days of free agency.
However, this certainly doesn't mean these teams haven't been, and won't be, busy scouring free agency for ways to improve.
While rumors often times don't point to the specific player a team will sign, they do give a great indication of what direction a team is headed.
So, let's try to glean some direction for the Raiders, Redskins and Browns.
The Raiders actually made a trio of signings on Wednesday as they announced that linebacker Kaluka Maiava, defensive tackle Pat Sims and defensive end Jason Hunter had all been added to the squad.
This came a day after the team ditched safety Michael Huff and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Despite this, Oakland still has plenty of holes to fill. Look for them to continue to bring in lightly heralded veterans with something to prove, which certainly fits with our next player.
Who knows if Young can still play? But he is still only 29 and he's had success in the league. If the Raiders are intent on giving Terrelle Pryor a legit shot at being their quarterback of the future, Young would be a nice backup option who would allow Oakland to keep a similar system in place.
After cutting DeAngelo Hall, the Redskins need some secondary help. They appear to recognize this.
John Keim of the Washington Examiner reports the Redskins have contacted CB Antoine Cason—formerly of the Chargers.
Meanwhile, Mark Maske and Mike Jones of the Washington Post let us know that CB Aqib Talib is and has been on the Redskins radar.
I wouldn't be surprised to see the Redskins get priced out of both players, but the market for corners has been slow to develop, and they are certainly making it a priority.
In a move that could happen more quickly, Jenna Laine of the Sports Exchange has OT Jeremy Trueblood set for a visit to the Redskins. Finding a starting right tackle also has to be a priority for Washington.
The Browns need a tight end or two. They are going to land at least one via free agency, it is just a matter of who at this point.
Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports tells us that one of the tight ends they are contemplating is Fred Davis.
Davis is a talented tight end. However, he has never put up stellar numbers and he is coming off of an Achilles tendon tear.
Meanwhile, there is also this, from The Charlotte Observer's Joe Person:
Joe Person @josephperson
#Panthers free agent TE Gary Barnidge expected to sign w/ #Browns, per league source. #Chudconnection3/13/2013, 2:16:00 PM
Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski is familiar with Barnidge as he was his offensive coordinator with the Panthers, but Barnidge has not shown he could handle starting duties.
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