The NFL off season officially begins in about ten days, but even at this early stage there are rumors to report on.
The NFL rumor mill for 2010 has been rolling since the end of the regular season, with key stars possibly on the move in a trade or in line for a big contract.
Over the past week, however, the rumor mill has shifted to two of the league's best defensive ends in recent years, Julius Peppers and Joey Porter.
Based on reports, both Peppers and Porter are unhappy in their situations, and are determined to find another team in 2010.
The Panthers front office has not reached out to Peppers and his agent on his long term contract, while Porter is disgusted with the lack of playing time that he is receiving.
With this in mind, are any teams linked to either of these defensive ends? In the past day, the AFC West division has become a hot topic for both of these men.
ESPN.com's rumor blog has the Kansas City Chiefs considering acquiring Peppers in the off season.
This comes as a surprise for a few reasons. First off, the Chiefs have spent their last few drafts building up the line with young lineman talent in Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson. Include the fact that Kansas City dealt Pro Bowl lineman Jarred Allen to the Vikings a few seasons ago.
There is new management this time around, but there are plenty of needs that must be taken care of first (offensive line, corner back).
Most of the AFC West could have interest in Joey Porter. Though he is aging, getting a chance to play with a few of these teams may be quite possible. Three of the four teams run the 3-4 defense, which fits into his style of play.
However, the one team that does not run the 3-4 scheme, may be the leading candidate for Porter's services.
As usual, the Oakland Raiders are always involved in rumors pertaining to players like Porter, who may no longer be in his prime, but he can play at a level where he can still earn a living.
The price for Porter would likely be inexpensive, but whether a team will take on the potential headache is the bigger question.
Matt Miselis is an NFL writer for BleacherReport.com.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!