Rumors Persist: Free Agency Part II

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Rumors Persist: Free Agency Part II

1. Antrel Rolle (FS – ARZ) Antrel Rolle successfully made the transition from corner to safety in 2008, but the Cards seem unwilling to retain him in light of his current contract amount for 2010, an estimated $8.1 million salary. Despite reports that they will release him, there are still lingering questions about whether Arizona will be able to re-sign the former Hurricane. With the free agent market shaping out in the way that it has, I don’t see it. The Giants, Eagles, Bears and Dolphins will all be intrigued by the idea of adding a top flight safety to their roster and one of those teams will make him an offer that will be too steep for the Bidwells in Phoenix. Rolle is a fast and physical player with great ball skills who fills well against the run. Pretty much the only concern regarding his career seems to be his injury history, but he’s managed to stay relatively healthy since suffering a knee injury in his rookie year.

2. Julius Peppers (DE – CAR) Peppers continues to top the list of free agent prospects for this off-season and there have even been some early reports of tampering in Chicago. But the fact is that Peppers would be foolish not to hear offers from all of the teams who are willing to entertain him with offers and if he’s interested in moving to “a contender”, it still remains to be seen how the 7 – 9 Bears will step up their game in a very competitive NFC North. I have seen reports that the Eagles are on Peppers short list of the teams he would like to play for, along with New York and undoubtedly New England. I could honestly see Donovan McNabb as the lynch-pin for the Eagles decision to acquire Julius Peppers. If they decide to retain McNabb, they could clearly be adopting a Win Now philosophy.

3. Keith Bulluck (LB – TEN) Bulluck’s agent has made a series of public statements regarding the status of his client’s surgically repaired knee. Bulluck suffered the injury in a late December win against the Miami Dolphins. Reports have indicated Philadelphia as a potential landing spot but I think everyone knows this is a Buyer Beware situation. At 32, it remains to be seen how much more Bulluck can offer a new team in this league and it’s entirely possible to expect that Tennessee plans to see Bulluck retire in a Titans uniform.

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