NFL Rumors: Chad Ochocinco and 9 Players Who Could Be On The Move This Offseason
As we approach the final week of the 2010 NFL season, rumors are beginning to circulate surrounding some of the league's elite players and where they'll play next season.
Player's such as Chad Ochocinco and Steve Breaston could find themselves on another team next year, while veteran's such as Fred Taylor may call it quits, retiring at the end of the season.
The following NFL players are either free agents or have the possibility of being traded during this offseason.
WR Roy Williams
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Clarence E. Hill, of the Star-Telegram, has written an article claiming it is very likely that the Dallas Cowboys will be parting ways with some familiar faces this offseason, specifically Roy Williams.
Regarding his insufficient production this season, Williams told Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com, "I was the go-to guy in Detroit. Coordinators can make who they want to make the star."
If the Cowboys decide to part ways with Williams he should have no problem finding a new home with many teams needing an upgrade to their receiving corps.
WR Steve Breaston
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Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic has been examining Steve Breaston's future with the Arizona Cardinals, and believes that the reason an extension hasn't happened yet is because the organization is worried about his long-term health, or, they just simply don't want to spend the money that Breaston is seeking.
Breaston's expectations are currently unclear, but he made $2.4 million dollar's this season and is expected to see some kind of raise.
This offseason a ton of receivers will be hitting the market, and Arizona may want to take a risk.
RB Fred Taylor
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According to Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe, Fred Taylor has been hindered by constant health issues this season and is considering retirement.
Taylor told Manza Young, "I've been considering retiring since my ninth year, but unfortunately for me, I have a heart that says 'keep going.' I do know that I can still compete; that's the thing that keeps me coming back. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to [contribute] due to the injuries. That's the thing at this time that is pushing the percentages toward retirement."
Since Danny Woodhead and BenJarvus Green-Ellis have been so successful this season, Taylor could find himself on another team next season if he decides to postpone retirement.
QB Kevin Kolb
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Michael Vick is expected to sit out this week against the Dallas Cowboys, which means that Kevin Kolb will receive the start on Sunday.
Many teams will be in search of a starting quarterback during the upcoming offseason, so Sunday will be much like a tryout for Kolb. Although Head Coach Andy Reid has said that he likes having two reliable quarterbacks, the Eagles could try to get a valuable draft pick in return for the four-year pro.
So, if Kevin Kolb can produce some big numbers this weekend, many teams may begin to ponder making an offer for the quarterback who was supposed to be the future of this Eagles franchise.
RB Ronnie Brown
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According to Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald, Ronnie Brown has said that he would like to return as a Miami Dolphin next season. Darlington also reported that the Dolphins do indeed have interest in re-signing Brown, who has been with the team for his entire six-year career.
Brown may be asking for more money than Miami is willing to spend, so the organization could just let him sign somewhere else and pickup a running back at some point in the draft.
ESPN's Adam Schefter has pointed out that Brown could make himself a nice amount of money depending on how he plays in the last game of the season this Sunday. Schefter wrote, "Brown has a clause in his contract that calls for him to make a $500,000 incentive this season if he rushes for 750 yards, based on information obtained through NFL Players Association documents. Brown now is at 720 yards, well within range of his incentive. So if Brown can rush for a measly 30 yards Sunday, he would cash in on a cool half-million, a nice present for a player who is scheduled to become a free agent but will have to wait for a new collective bargaining agreement before there is free agency. While teams have magic numbers on this final day of the regular season, so does Brown."
RB Clinton Portis
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During an appearance on "The Mike Wise Show", Clinton Portis confirmed that he is ahead of schedule in his recovery from abdomen surgery.
Portis is set to make $8.254 million in 2011, but with two decent running backs in Ryan Torrain and Keiland Williams, the Redskins could decide to move Portis to another team and add another back or two during the 2011 NFL Draft.
Portis wasn't very bothered by the possibility of the Redskins letting him go, saying "If it don't work out here I'm okay with walking away with a smile on my face and understanding it's business."
Although Portis would not receive as much money if he is not a Redskin next year, he should have no problem finding a team with a high demand for running backs this offseason.
WR Vincent Jackson
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Vincent Jackson has publicly stated that he wishes to return to San Diego next year, but as of now it isn't looking very promising. It's a possibility that the Chargers could put a franchise tag on the six-year receiver, which would give them an extra year to trade him and get something in return.
OL Logan Mankins
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Offensive lineman Logan Mankins is a free agent at the end of the year and there is a possibility that he could wind up on another team next season.
They Patriots could either let him go, place the franchise tag on him, or agree to a long-term deal. It's expected that New England will present their original offer from earlier this season, which Mankins did not approve.
If Mankins was to receive a better offer from another team, than the Patriots could draft an offensive lineman during some point in the 2011 NFL Draft.
QB Donovan McNabb
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Donovan McNabb has told TBD.com that he is willing to return to the Washington Redskins next season, but only as a starter. It's currently unknown what Mike Shanahan plans on doing, but the Redskins have complete control of McNabb's fate.
With teams such as the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals all in need of a quarterback next season, the Redskins are very likely to trade the veteran at some point during this offseason.
WR Chad Ochocinco
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Chad Ochocinco has had a fairly unproductive season and Cincinnati will likely pass on his $6 million dollar option for next season. If the Bengals don't pick up Ochocinco's option, than they'll owe him $3.5 million.
After a stellar performance last week against the San Diego Chargers, third-year wideout Jerome Simpson could be involved in the team's future plans.
If Cincinnati does indeed decide to not pick up his option, then Ochocinco may find himself on another team next season. Tim Kavanagh of ESPN Insider has hinted that the New England Patriots may be interested in the 10-year-veteran come this offseason.
One may think that this is an unlikely match because of Belichick's team-first attitude and Ochocinco's me-first swagger, but both the veteran wide-receiver and future Hall-of-Fame coach have tremendous respect for each other.
Back in September Belichick told the media, "I like Chad. I like him as a player. I like him as a person. I like his enthusiasm and the fun he has with football, and I like how he competes on the football field. I have a lot of respect for that. An odd couple, but in the end I think we have a lot in common."
Ochocinco could be an interesting fit with the Patriots. With Ochocinco struggling of late, this could be the exact move he needs to revamp his career.