The NFL season kicks off this week, but that won’t stop the rumor mill from churning, especially with tons of potentially productive players looking for a job.
Tough cuts were made by almost every organization over the past weekend in a desperate scramble to trim down to the league-mandated 53-man roster.
The resulting rosters are anything but final, as coaches and general managers everywhere continue to evaluate available free agents, discuss trades and try to put together the best available crop of talent by the time Week 1 starts in earnest on Sunday.
Let’s take a look at some of the potential moves that could take place in the coming days in Monday’s rumor roundup.
Packers Considering Jimmy Clausen
The Green Bay Packers looked to have a solid backup to quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Vince Young, but released the former first-round draft pick on Saturday.
With just Rodgers and B.J. Coleman left on the roster, the team could explore bringing in a third signal-caller to round out the position.
One option the club is reportedly exploring is Jimmy Clausen, the recently released quarterback who spent his first three years with the Carolina Panthers.
Vincent Frank of Pro Football Central reported that Young was released because the Packers knew that Clausen would be available.
The former Notre Dame star was drafted in the second round in 2010 and was almost immediately thrust into the starting role. He participated in 13 games that year, completing 157-of-299 passes for 1,558 yards, three touchdowns and nine interceptions.
He hasn’t seen the field since that season, as Cam Newton took over the starting gig and wasn’t going to relinquish it.
Clausen’s career hasn’t panned out as expected, but he still has plenty of upside and could benefit from a change of scenery. Perhaps studying under Rodgers is just what he needs to turn things around.
Patriots Intrigued By Danny Watkins
The New England Patriots would love to solidify their offensive line, especially since the team boasts a mediocre receiving corps at best and projects to be focusing heavily on the running game in 2013.
One player that the Pats are currently exploring to shore up that line is Danny Watkins, as per NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora.
Watkins is a natural left guard, Eagles tried to make him a RG. Pats among the teams with some interest. Could be a nice fit— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 31, 2013
The Canadian native was selected No. 23 overall in the 2011 draft, but never panned out as a right guard along the Philadelphia Eagles front. He was released on Saturday after a tumultuous tenure with the club.
New England is no stranger to reclamation projects and has often taken chances on cast-offs from other teams. The 28-year-old has been playing organized football for less than seven years and didn’t come near his ceiling during his two seasons with Philly.
If head coach Bill Belichick is willing to give him a chance at left guard, Watkins could pay dividends on a low-risk investment.
Bears Claim David Bass
The Chicago Bears are hoping to put some more pressure on the opposing quarterback this season and have reportedly signed David Bass to help accomplish that.
ESPN’s Adam Caplan first reported the acquisition on Sunday via Twitter:
Former Raiders DE David Bass claimed off waivers by the Bears, source confirmed.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) September 1, 2013
The Oakland Raiders used a seventh-round choice in this year’s draft to select the defensive end out of Missouri Western State. The 22-year-old made it to the final round of cuts before being released by the organization.
Will Bass make an impact for the Bears?
Chicago wasted little time in scooping up the 6’4”, 256-pound pass-rusher on waivers and are hoping that he can break out in the Windy City.
While he’s not the most athletically gifted player out there, he is smart and uses a variety of crafty moves to beat his blocker and knife into the backfield.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see Bass make some plays for Chicago off the bench and he could step up in the case of injury.