NFL Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Branden Albert, Kellen Winslow and More
Branden Albert is rumored to be on the trade block with the Kansas City Chiefs, as is LeGarrette Blount with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while Kellen Winslow could be headed to play for the Oakland Raiders in 2013.
These are just a few of the rumors flying around on the web as NFL owners meet for their annual meeting in Arizona.
March and April are the months of wheeling and dealing in the NFL, and these players could all be on the move soon.
Branden Albert, Left Tackle, Kansas City Chiefs
Should the Chiefs trade Albert?
The Chiefs chose to slap the franchise tag on Albert before free agency, and according to USA Today's Mike Garafolo, he's chosen to accept the contract and will be signing it soon.
That doesn't mean he'll be with the Chiefs in 2013, though. SI.com's Peter King wrote in his most recent Monday Morning Quarterback column, "if some team wants to trade for him, Kansas City's Branden Albert. The Chiefs will listen to offers for him."
Further lending credence to this rumor, ESPN's John Clayton tweeted this out on Monday from the NFL annual meeting in Arizona:
Updating from owners meetings, I think the Dolphins could offer a No. 2 pick to KC to land LT Branden Albert. They have 2 No. 2s— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) March 18, 2013
It makes sense from the perspective of the Chiefs to make a deal like this.
Albert won't be cheap to extend going forward, and he has expressed his displeasure at the prospect of moving to the right side. Making a trade for a second-round pick would pave the way for Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher to become the No. 1 pick of the 2013 NFL draft.
Kellen Winslow, Tight End, Unrestricted Free Agent
Winslow is a former No. 6 overall pick and a one-time Pro Bowler, yet he's had trouble finding work since last season when the New England Patriots released him in September.
That may no longer be a problem, as Winslow is reportedly garnering interest from the Oakland Raiders, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport:
#Raiders fans will be interested to know they've expressed interest in TE Kellen Winslow, who is finally healthy. He wants to keep going.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 18, 2013
When healthy, Winslow is a productive and athletic tight end who can make big plays after the catch. In his eight-year career, spanning 93 games and 80 starts, Winslow has caught 438 passes for 4,848 yards and 23 touchdowns.
He'd make a fine addition to the Raiders offense if he signs on with Oakland.
LeGarrette Blount, Running Back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers signed Blount to a one-year contract worth $1.75 million before the start of free agency. That isn't stopping the Bucs from continuing to actively shop him, per the Tampa Bay Times' Stephen F. Holder:
...running back LeGarrette Blount, who is known to be among the players the Bucs are attempting to move. Whether the Bucs find a taker for Blount is still to be determined, but they’re trying to make a deal.
Blount broke out in 2010 with over 1,000 yards rushing and six touchdowns with the Bucs, and he was thought to be a rising star. But his production waned in 2011 and then fell off a cliff under Greg Schiano, while rookie Doug Martin thrived.
Therefore, it's not a big surprise that the Bucs would try and move him for a draft pick or two.
Blount's 2013 salary isn't guaranteed, per Holder's report.
With that in mind, it'll be interesting to see what happens if there are no takers for Blount's services. Will the Bucs go ahead and release him back into the pool of free agents or will the team pay him?
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