Although it's only the offseason, football is squarely in the mind of many fans.
With the 2013 NFL draft less than a month away, you're likely to see a flurry of trades as teams try to get their draft plans set.
Quarterbacks have been constantly moving, as teams are looking at an NFL draft class bereft of any star signal-callers. With all the movement so far, it is entirely likely that not one single QB will go in the first round.
That's not the only position in demand, however, as some of the hottest rumors would attest.
With Matt Flynn's arrival in Oakland (via Mike Garafolo and Robert Klemko of USA Today), it seems Carson Palmer's departure from the Raiders is imminent. Palmer would be fighting with Flynn for the job and also have to restructure his contract—a combination that is not palatable to the veteran QB.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the Arizona Cardinals have a deal in place to acquire Palmer:
Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter
Oakland also trying to finalize a trade that would send Carson Palmer to Arizona for one late pick. Palmer would restructure contract in AZ.4/1/2013, 3:06:36 PM
This is a nice upgrade for the Cardinals. They released Kevin Kolb, who subsequently signed with the Buffalo Bills (via ESPN.com). Arizona's quarterback situation was among the worst in the league. While not every option was terrible, the quartet of Kolb, Ryan Lindley, John Skelton and Brian Hoyer was dreadful.
You can't expect Palmer to become an All-Pro quarterback, but if healthy, he's good for close to 4,000 yards and 20-plus touchdowns.
Ahmad Bradshaw has only played in 26 games over the last two seasons. He's also coming off foot surgery from just a couple of months ago (via Chris Wesseling of NFL.com). The 27-year-old running back is far from a model of health.
Mike Freeman of CBS Sports reported that teams are apparently very wary of any potential deal with the free agent because of his less-than-stellar injury history:
Teams that have interest in Bradshaw love him but think it's only a matter of time before he gets hurt again, and they want him on the cheap. Very cheap. So far, Bradshaw doesn't want to sign on the cheap. So he heals. And waits.
Bradshaw visited the Steelers recently, and various sources confirmed the team is interested in him. What one source said that hasn't been reported is that the team is "extremely nervous" about doing so, which explains why he visited the team, was examined by team physicians and left without a contract.
Bradshaw clearly has talent. He ran for 1,015 yards in 2012 as well as 1,235 yards in 2010 and he is a capable pass-blocker as well. However, it doesn't make sense to overpay for a player with his injury history—especially considering his position and age.
Despite tearing an anterior cruciate ligament last season, Darrelle Revis should be considered an elite cornerback. Apparently, that designation isn't enough for the New York Jets.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated reported Jets owner Woody Johnson has no intention of offering Revis an extension:
But no one sees owner Woody Johnson agreeing to pay Revis $15 million or so per year. Johnson, I'm hearing, is categorically against extending Revis.
That is a lot of money to pay a player, especially on the defensive side of the ball. If there is a player who deserves a massive contract, though, it's Revis. Elite corners are hard to come by and New York has one sitting right there in the locker room.
Apparently, though, he's not seen as a key player for the team. Should the Jets trade him away, it will be a massive mistake by the organization.
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