NFL Rumors and Speculation: Which Marquee Names Will Ultimately Stay Put?

John ReevesContributor IIMay 13, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  A general view of the Draft stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Lockout Could Prevent Player Movement

There are some teams that might love to move a player, and there are some players who might want to move. With the ongoing NFL lockout though, teams and coaches aren't suppose to talk. That hasn't stopped several teams from contacting unrestricted free agents.

Staying Put or on the Move?

DeAngelo Williams (Panthers): After drafting Cam Newton with the No.1 pick, the Panthers now have their quarterback of the future.

They must now decide whether to keep DeAngelo Williams and decide whether they want to trade Steve Smith. Carolina has had one of the best ground attacks in the league, and I don't think they will let DeAngelo Williams go just because they have Jonathan Stewart. 

Smith cleaned out his locker in Carolina and said he wouldn't be back. He doesn't want to be there, and I don't think he will be.

Reggie Bush (Saints): Sean Payton has said he expects Reggie Bush to be in the Saints' backfield when the season begins, and even though they selected Alabamas' Mark Ingram in the draft, I still think they're going to keep Bush around.

He might not want to be there, but these things can usually be worked out with money.

Santonio Holmes (Jets): The Jets need wide receivers, and they'd rather have someone they know athletically. They are a good football team, and I think Holmes knows that.

They need him to help a thin-WR unit, and if Holmes wants to win a Super Bowl, then he needs them, too.

Sidney Rice (Vikings): Brett Favre won't be back for a third season in Minnesota, but whoever replaces the legend needs Rice. When Favre had a good first season, he did so because Rice played well.

The Vikings have had a receiving unit that rivaled the best in the league. Without Rice, that simply won't be the case.

Ray Edwards (Vikings): The Vikings have not had the best defense, although they've looked good on paper the past several years. Linebacker Ray Edwards is a solid NFL player and has 189 tackles and 30 sacks in five years as a pro.

Can you afford to lose any consistency with all the changes in Minnesota? I think they need to keep Edwards around. However, he has publicly said he wouldn't stay.

Braylon Edwards (Jets): Like Santonio Holmes, I'm not sure the Jets can afford to give up on this player. They need the help at WR, and they already know what they're getting.

Edwards hasn't been the incredible player everyone thought he would be, but he is willing to take less money to stay. 

Dawan Landry (Ravens): If the Baltimore Ravens let Dawan Landry get away, they'd be losing 100 tackles (second behind Ray Lewis). I cannot see a team that prides themselves on defense letting this caliber player loose.

I think he will be in the Ravens' secondary when play resumes.

Mathias Kiwanuka (Giants): The Giants have had a dominant defensive line. Although they've got Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora, I still see reason to keep Mathias Kiwanuka. Depth has been their strong point and is why they've found success.

He's only 29, a 2010 All Pro, and I wouldn't let him get away.


Michael Huff (Raiders): The Raiders had their best season last year since their Super Bowl appearance against Tampa Bay. Huff had not lived up to his hype until this past year.

I don't see how you could let a guy get away when he's finally turned the corner.  

Michael Bush (Raiders): Darren McFadden hasn't turned out to be the great running back some thought he'd be, but with Michael Bush running behind him—and sometimes leading the Raiders rushing attack—I can't see letting him move on.

I don't just think they should keep him, but I think they should reevaluate the RB depth chart. I think Bush is better than McFadden.

Malcom Floyd (Chargers): In 2008, the Chargers re-signed Floyd, and that was a good move.

Now it's time to make that decision again, and I think they should keep Floyd in San Diego. With everyone who's recently departed, there's no logical reason to let Floyd go, too.

Carlos Rogers (Redskins): In five seasons as a Redskin cornerback, Carlos Rogers has 300 tackles and eight interceptions. He's been a model of consistency in Washington, and when he's been asked to cover the opposing team's No. 1 receiver, he's stepped up against the best. I think he's slightly better than Shawn Springs.

Cedric Benson (Bengals): Cincinnati has referred to themselves as a passing team, but nobody wins without a solid running game.

When the Bengals found success in 2009, it was because Benson was the leading rusher in the league until Week 9.

He's had some off-field problems however, and you can't let him go without another No.1 RB.

I wouldn't only keep the guy, but I'd follow his advice and trade Carson Palmer.

Barrett Ruud (Buccaneers): Since 2007, Ruud has been a starter. In five seasons with Tampa Bay, he's had solid numbers. In 2007 he had 114 tackles, and in 2009, he had 137 tackles. This past season he recorded 120 tackles and forced two fumbles.

The Buccaneers are known for their defense and need to keep this gem around. When you draft a linebacker, Ruud is what your hoping to get.


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