NFL Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Top Names Remaining on Market

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMarch 14, 2014

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders walks on the field in the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
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We are now into Day 4 of the 2014 NFL free-agency period. Many big-name players have already found new homes after the flurry of activity that began on March 11. At this time, teams will begin bargain hunting for the remaining available players.

However, there are still a handful of top-notch names still floating around on the market who have yet to strike deals. Let's take a look at the latest buzz surrounding these players, as they continue to find new homes for the 2014 NFL season.


Henry Melton

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 25: Henry Melton #69 of the Chicago Bears rushes against Brandon Fusco #63 of the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on November 25, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 28-10.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty I
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Melton remains one of the top names on the market. Had he not been recovering from an ACL injury suffered a year ago, it could be conceived that he would have already landed a big-money deal with a franchise.

Teams are still interested in his services, however, as his pre-injury performance in 2012 was fantastic. Melton looked to be one of the league's biggest up-and-coming defensive tackles, recording 44 tackles, six sacks and two forced fumbles that season.

On Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of tweeted that Melton would be visiting the Minnesota Vikings and also had interest from the Dallas Cowboys:

Nothing has come of that meeting yet, although it is easy to speculate that new Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer will still want to get something done with the defensive tackle.

If that's the case, he will have to hurry.

On Friday, ESPN's Josina Anderson tweeted that Melton would also be visiting the Seattle Seahawks:

This visit makes sense, as Seattle lost defensive tackle Clinton McDonald to free agency and should be intently looking for his replacement.


Julian Edelman

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 8:  Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots reacts after scoring against the Cleveland Browns  at Gillette Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Edelman had a breakout season with the New England Patriots in 2013. He recorded 105 receptions for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns as the team's slot receiver. That kind of production could garner him a large contract with a new team.

It took a while for the market to turn in Edelman's favor, as Rapoport tweeted that the receiver would get his first free-agency visit with the San Francisco 49ers on Friday:

As Rapoport notes, the 49ers are Edelman's hometown team. The franchise is also currently lacking depth at wide receiver.

What the 49ers need is a game-changing threat at the receiver position. With Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree already in the fold, they have some solid possession receivers to help move the chains. However, they still lack a big-play threat.

Edelman does have a bit of an injury history, so the terms of the contract will have to be right to get a deal done here.


Emmanuel Sanders

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Sanders, the former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, is set to visit the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday, according to a tweet from Rapoport:

In 2013, Sanders had his most productive season with the Steelers, recording 67 receptions for 740 yards and six touchdowns. The Chiefs are in need of another offensive weapon that can produce yards after the catch in the team's West Coast offensive scheme.

The speedy Sanders seems to fit the bill.

Sanders flourished in the slot in Pittsburgh's offense under coordinator Todd Haley and would not be undergoing much of a change in Kansas City. Both offenses feature short-to-intermediate routes in their respective passing games—Sanders excels in this area.

With Dwayne Bowe as the team's only viable receiving threat, it makes plenty of sense for the Chiefs to strike a deal with Sanders quickly.