NFL Rumors: Julian Edelman, Jared Allen and Latest Free-Agency Buzz

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2014

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 18: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots catches a pass before a game against  the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium on November 18, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The 2014 NFL free agency period has been wild thus far, but there is still plenty of talent left on the open market and rumors are flying.

With top names like wide receiver Julian Edelman, defensive end Jared Allen and polarizing playmaker Kenny Britt still on the board, the free-agency period is going to continue generating big news.

All of the following rumors have embroiled the football community.


Cleveland Browns Interested in Julian Edelman?

The Patriots did their best to keep wide receiver Julian Edelman in New England, even reportedly offering him a three-year deal, but he has hit the open market and is drawing interest from several organizations.

The team making the strongest push so far has been the Cleveland Browns, according to Michael Giardi CSN New England:

As Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reports, though, Edelman is in no rush to make a decision:

While re-signing with the Patriots would be his best chance of long-term success in the NFL, both on the field and financially, the allure of big money via free agency right now is something many players can’t turn down.

Edelman played in all 16 games last season and managed to rack up 105 receptions, 1,056 yards, six touchdowns and 54 first downs as Tom Brady’s primary target in the pass offense.

There is no question that Edelman’s numbers would plummet with Cleveland, but cashing in on his success may be his prerogative.

Predicted Landing Spot: Cleveland Browns


Jared Allen Willing to Walk Away from Football?

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 18: Jared Allen #69 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates a sack of Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first quarter on September 18, 2011 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by H
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The Minnesota Vikings let veteran defensive end Jared Allen walk via free agency, and there are several teams interested in his services, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN:

After drawing interest from the Denver Broncos before the team signed DeMarcus Ware, the latest report from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network claims that Allen may be content with walking away from the NFL:

Allen is one of the most interesting players in the league, and his charisma and personality are only matched by his leadership qualities and on-field ability. The 4-3 defensive end is a veteran player who will make an instant impact on any franchise.

For the sake of NFL fans, Allen deserves to be signed.

Not only is he a great leader on and off the field for a defense, but he also still possesses elite talent even at 31 years old (will be 32 to start the 2014-15 season). Allen had his seventh straight season of double-digit sacks (11.5) and would be a force on any defensive line.

With Julius Peppers out in Chicago, the Bears would be smart to add a veteran like Allen.

Predicted Landing Spot: Chicago Bears


Teams Kicking the Tires on Kenny Britt?

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The Tennessee Titans drafted wide receiver Kenny Britt in the first round of the 2009 draft with the hope that he would blossom into a top star in the NFL. After five seasons of injuries, off-field incidents and lackluster production, he has hit the open market via free agency.

Despite his lack of consistency and behavior issues, there is still a market for Britt. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, “four or five franchises are interested.”

In a report from Mike Jones of The Washington Post, one of the teams interested is the Redskins, who “have made inquiries on free agent wide receivers Andrew Hawkins and Kenny Britt, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.”

Britt is coming off of a season where he played in 12 games and amassed only 11 receptions for 96 yards and zero touchdowns. He still possesses the height (6’3”) and aggressiveness to be a difference maker, but his focus has always been an issue.

Washington is desperate for a receiver who can be a threat in the red zone and over traffic. While Britt would fit the Redskins’ need perfectly, the questions about his desire to be a contributing member of the team must be answered first.

Predicted Landing Spot: Washington Redskins


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