After three wild and crazy days, the NFL's free-agency period has seen many of the top players come off the board. Fans of teams that haven't landed any big stars need not fear, however, as there are still a few big-time players left to be signed.
Greg Jennings, Sebastian Vollmer and Brent Grimes are all still up for grabs, and now is the time when many of the smartest teams make their moves to acquire players like these at bargain rates.
Here is the latest buzz surrounding these three veterans, along with a prediction about where they'll end up when it's all said and done.
Greg Jennings, Wide Receiver
If not for the past couple of injury-ridden seasons, it's likely that Jennings would be long gone by now.
Jennings has caught 425 passes for 6,537 yards and 53 touchdowns in his seven-year career, and he is one of the best route-runners in the league. He gains many of his yards after the catch, and at the age of 29 still has some good years ahead of him.
But after three days of non-stop action around the league, he's still waiting to sign a contract.
Jennings went to Minneapolis to chat with the with the Vikings on Thursday, and ESPN's Tom Pelissaro reports that he doesn't expect any deal to get done until Friday, if at all:
Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero
Greg Jennings is on the way here now. Formal meeting tomorrow. Nothing gets done tonight, per sources. Not sure if anything will. #Vikings2013-3-14 21:00:23
Jennings may well end up back with the Green Bay Packers when the dust settles here.
Sebastian Vollmer, Right Tackle
Vollmer is one of the top offensive linemen available this year, yet we've heard nary a peep regarding teams looking to sign him.
One of the most lean and athletic tackles in the league, Vollmer finished last season as Pro Football Focus' No. 13-ranked tackle (subscription required), giving up just six sacks all year long while starting 15 games for the Patriots.
Before the free-agency period began, ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss speculated that Vollmer would be seeking a long-term deal worth approximately $7-$8 million per season. That's a lot to pay a right tackle, but considering Vollmer's track record of excellent play, he's worth the money.
Brent Grimes, Cornerback
Before he went down with an Achilles injury last year, Grimes was on his way to a massive payday as one of the NFL's top cornerbacks. A zone specialist, Grimes had totaled 13 interceptions in the past four years before 2012.
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith recently told reporters that Grimes' recovery was going "outstanding," (h/t the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Orlando D. Ledbetter) and it was thought that the Falcons had re-signed him on a one-year deal on Wednesday.
That turned out to be a mistake, however, and one Ledbetter corrected as soon as possible:
D. Orlando Ledbetter @DOrlandoAJC
Misread a text: Grimes has not reached a one year deal with the #Falcons2013-3-13 00:45:49
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that two teams are interested in Grimes:
Jim Thomas @jthom1
Rams have shown some interest in Atlanta CB Brent Grimes. (So have Bucs.)2013-3-12 17:18:43
It won't likely be long before this talented cornerback is no longer a free agent, and if he can make a full recovery from last year's unfortunate injury, he'll be a steal for the lucky team that lands him.
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