Breaking Down the Latest News and Rumors About the Top Available Free Agents
The 2013 National Football League draft is in the books, and teams across the land have now had an opportunity to address needs with the addition of rookie players.
However, not every team was able to fill every hole.
Far from it, in fact.
That will leave many general managers across the NFL scouring through the remaining free agents in order to fill the gaps that still remain on their squads.
As such, the rumor mill is apt to get rolling again, so here's a look at some of the latest scuttlebutt about the top players still looking for work.
Defensive end John Abraham is a four-time Pro Bowler with 122 career sacks, and while the 34-year-old veteran has visited with a number of teams, so far there have been no takers.
You can now add the Tennessee Titans to that list. As Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports, the 14-year pro is in Nashville for a two-day visit with Tennessee, making them at least the fourth team to have been linked to Abraham since free agency got underway.
At least one of those other teams can't be counted out, however.
Mike Loyko of NEPatriotsDraft.com believes that the Pats are still very much in the running for Abraham's services, tweeting last week that a source informed him "New England was likely to land" Abraham.
There are a lot of prominent linebackers still looking for work.
The recent news surrounding Michael Boley, who was released by the New York Giants in February, isn't going to make it any easier for him to find it.
According to Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News, TMZ reported that the 30-year-old was "secretly arrested" in Alabama only three days after he was released by New York.
The arrest was part of a guilty plea on charges of child abuse. Boley then entered into a pre-trial diversion program, after which the charges will reportedly be dropped.
This isn't the first time the eight-year veteran has been accused of that offense. Back in 2011, the mother of Boley's then five-year-old son made the same claim.
In March 2010, Karlos Dansby signed a contract with the Miami Dolphins that made him the highest-paid inside linebacker in NFL history.
Three years later, the 31-year-old can't find a job, despite tallying a career-high 134 tackles in 2012.
The Buffalo Bills were reported to have interest in Dansby. However, as Marc Sessler of NFL.com reports, that interest has cooled with the acquisition of Kiko Alonso in the 2013 NFL draft.
With that being said, Bills general manager Buddy Nix told Sessler that "We're still going to keep the dialogue open with him."
All is not lost, though. According to Sportige, the Minnesota Vikings—who have a hole at the middle linebacker spot—have also expressed some interest in Dansby. However, that appears to be as much speculation as anything concrete.
Speaking of the Minnesota Vikings and their hole at middle linebacker, it appears that the team hasn't given up on addressing that need by adding a player who's been giving them fits for years.
That's the word from Judd Zulgad and Tom Pelissero of ESPN Twin Cities, who report that the Vikings haven't ruled out signing veteran linebacker Brian Urlacher.
The 34-year-old Urlacher hasn't generated much interest on the open market since parting ways with the Chicago Bears, but while the Vikings added a pair of linebackers in last week's NFL draft, the team could still be looking for a short-term solution in the middle.
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Like I was going to be able to get through this article without mentioning Tim Tebow.
Ever since the polarizing passer was sent packing by the New York Jets earlier this week, there's been a never-ending litany of news stories about the fourth-year pro, most of which have involved teams denying any interest in him.
It gets worse.
According to Deepi Sidhu of CBS 610 Radio in Houston, Hall of Fame quarterback and former CFL star Warren Moon doesn't see Canada as an option for Tebow either, saying "You have got to be able to throw it and I think that’s his biggest problem, just being able to complete passes."
When veteran Bryant McKinnie re-upped with the Baltimore Ravens, that took the best available free-agent left tackle off the market. However, some quality right tackles are still available.
Eric Winston, who played for the Kansas City Chiefs last year, is among them. With that being said, Winston may not be on that market much longer.
The 29-year-old visited with the Miami Dolphins earlier this week, according to Albert Breer of NFL.com. Given the Dolphins' glaring needs up front, it would hardly be surprising to see one of the most active teams in free agency this year pull the trigger on signing Winston.
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We'll close this wrapup where it began...with a Pro Bowl defensive end.
As more and more time passes and potential suitors dry up, free-agent defensive end Dwight Freeney has reportedly lowered his asking price.
Jeff Legwold of The Denver Post reports that Freeney is now seeking a contract in the same range as the two-year, $8.5 million deal that Osi Umenyiora signed with the Atlanta Falcons.
That may have been enough to drum up some interest.
At least according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, that is, who tweeted that he expects the Tennessee Titans to have Freeney in for a visit if they don't strike a deal with John Abraham.