NFL Free Agents 2013: Latest Storylines on Offseason's Biggest Names

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IMarch 13, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 02: Brian Urlacher #54 of the Chicago Bears watches as the ball is snapped to Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field on December 2, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Seahawks defeated the Bears 23-17 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Ed Reed, Brian Urlacher and Steven Jackson are three of the biggest stars still available on the NFL's free-agent market, and all three of them could potentially be headed to new teams in 2013. 

Though these three veterans are all heading toward the end of their careers, they can still contribute in a meaningful way for another year or longer. 

At this time, however, their immediate future is yet to be determined, but we've got the scoop on the latest storylines surrounding three of the biggest names left after two hot-and-heavy days of action in the NFL. 


Ed Reed Would Be a Great Fit for Houston

The Houston Texans were torched at times in 2012, and while cornerback Jonathan Joseph did a marvelous job, the team really struggled at the safety position. 

Thus, it's no surprise that Houston is hosting Reed on Thursday, per the Houston Chronicle's John McClain:

This news comes just hours after Pro Football Talk suggested that the Baltimore Ravens might not want to bring Reed back. 

Reed has a connection with the Texans. He and wide receiver Andre Johnson are former teammates from their college days back at the University of Miami. Houston is a playoff contender, too, and if the Texans make him a decent offer, he'd be a big upgrade to a defense that is already scary good.


Steven Jackson Would Be a Phenomenal Cheesehead

The Green Bay Packers have been lacking a consistent running game for years now, but that might all change in 2013. 

The Green Bay Press-Gazette's Rob Demovsky reports:

Jackson is still just 29 years old. It seems like he's been in the league forever, and his 10,135 career rushing yards back that sentiment up.

That said, he's still a force to be reckoned with in the NFL, and with him lining up behind Aaron Rodgers most plays, opposing defenses would be forced to defend against the run. 

Adding him to the lineup would open up the team's playbook, and it would also protect Rodgers. Teams wouldn't be able to send pass-rushers without fearing retribution up the middle from the running game, as Jackson would certainly take full advantage of any holes between the tackles.


Brian Urlacher Could Be On His Way Out of Chicago...Maybe

Can you imagine Urlacher wearing a uniform that isn't Chicago's? You might not have to imagine much longer, because there's a chance he could be leaving. 

Granted, it's a small chance, as the Chicago Tribune's Mike Mulligan reports:

A Vikings source confirmed talks with Urlacher's camp, but said the team was "monitoring" the situation and still believed Urlacher eventually would remain with the Bears...The Cardinals and Cowboys are also teams with some interest in Urlacher.

All this buzz might just be Urlacher's agent drumming up interest to try to force the Bears into a contract. Mulligan reports that the team has yet to respond to a two-year offer Urlacher's representatives submitted a week ago. 

One thing's for sure in all of this: Urlacher wants to play next year, and he's not afraid to go somewhere else to do it. 

In the end, he'll probably re-sign with Chicago, but given the team's salary-cap situation, there are no guarantees. 


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