NFL Free-Agent Rumors: Latest Updates on DeMarcus Ware, Eric Decker and BJ Raji

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 12, 2014

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 22:  Tackle Joe Barksdale #72 of the St. Louis Rams blocks defensive end DeMarcus Ware #94 of the Dallas Cowboys during the game at AT&T Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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By the time you're reading this, all of the information below will have been outdated. That's how quickly the NFL free-agent market is moving.

Teams aren't taking any time in signing the best players to massive deals. The fact that they've had since Saturday to speak with players has only served to speed up the process and create a run on the marquee names.

Plenty of talented stars, such as DeMarcus Ware, Eric Decker and B.J. Raji, remain available to the highest bidder.

Here's the latest on where those three may be heading.


DeMarcus Ware

Be afraid, AFC West. Be very afraid.

The prospect of the Denver Broncos having Von Miller on one end and DeMarcus Ware on the other is becoming a very real possibility. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the former Dallas Cowboys linebacker is making the trip to Colorado on Wednesday:

Schefter added that one AFC West is already preparing for the worst:

The Broncos already confirmed the captures of T.J. Ward and Aqib Talib to shore up the secondary:

Throwing Ware into the mix would make what was already a somewhat good defense downright scary. He's the piece the team thought it had last year with Elvis Dumervil, before fax-machine issues put him in Baltimore.

He's the kind of player who can help Denver win right now, taking advantage of its shrinking window for success.


Eric Decker

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 22:  Eric Decker #87 of the Denver Broncos runs with the ball against the Houston Texans during the first half of the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Haller
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Speaking of the Broncos, there's almost no chance that Eric Decker is returning to the team. As ESPN's Trey Wingo pointed out, now that Denver has re-signed Andre Caldwell, all signs point to Decker playing elsewhere in 2014:

New York may be that elsewhere, as's Kimberly Jones reported that the 26-year-old is visiting with the Jets:

The Jets need to add another wide receiver this offseason, whether it's an early pick in the draft or a big-name free agent like Decker. Without an improved receiving corps, Geno Smith will continue to flounder.

The question, though, is whether much of Decker's success in Denver is down to Peyton Manning, per Bleacher Report's Matt Miller:

This may be worth the gamble for New York, though. Decker is much better than everything else the Jets have, so even if he doesn't play like a No. 1 receiver, he still presents an upgrade from their current group.


B.J. Raji

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 18:  B.J. Raji #90 of the Green Bay Packers during their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The Oakland Raiders are one of the biggest spenders so far this offseason, even if it hasn't exactly been money well spent, per Pro Football Focus:

They aren't done, either, as Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that they are pursuing free-agent defensive tackles, including B.J. Raji:

Raji has looked like one of the best defensive tackles in the league at times, but it's hard not to consider him a bit of a disappointment in Green Bay. The fact that he turned down $8 million from the Packers is crazy.

With the Raiders involved, though, you never know if he could get some ridiculously overpriced deal based more on reputation than production.

According to's Ian Rapoport, Raji is willing to wait on the right deal:

For the right price, the 27-year-old could be a great signing. The problem is getting him to agree to that right price.