NFL Free Agency Rumors: What the Experts Around the Web Are Saying
With NFL free agency in doubt for 2011, player movement may be late in the summer or possibly not at all.
However, that has not stopped rumors from spreading of possible player destinations once free agency officially opens.
Based solely on team needs, rumors of free agent targets by NFL teams are still alive and well during the lockout.
Here is a round-up of free agency rumors that are making the rounds on the web.
It is anticipated that McNabb will be released from Washington after the new league-year begins.
The most popular team said to be interested in McNabb is the Minnesota Vikings. According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, as reported by Pro Football Talk, the Vikings are one of the teams interested in McNabb.
Minnesota would have made perfect sense under former head coach Brad Childress. However, the current quarterback depth chart includes Tavaris Jackson, Joe Webb, and fist round pick, Christian Ponder.
McNabb would still be a good fit in Minnesota and would likely wind up there if Washington decides to cut ties.
The services of an elite cornerback are always in demand.
Asomugha, due to a clause in his contract, is due to become a free agent in 2011.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Asomugha could very well land in the NFC East with teams like the Cowboys, Eagles, and Redskins all vying for his services. With the New York Giants landing Prince Amukamara in the first round of this year's draft, the rest of the division realizes the need for a top flight defensive back.
Philadelphia has Asante Samuel and Washington has DeAngelo Hall. Neither are that intimidating to opposing receivers in terms of physical play. Expect a bidding war between Philadelphia and Washington over Asomugha.
As was the case with McNabb, the market for veteran quarterbacks is tricky.
Bulger would bring a veteran presence to either a team with a young quarterback in development or a team looking to stabilize a shaky quarterback situation. The Miami Dolphins are rumored to be interested in Bulger, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.
With Chad Henne struggling to become what Miami expected him to be, a veteran quarterback is needed to command the offense. Bulger would be the cheap, veteran solution to Miami's problems.
The colorful receiver, Moss, is looking for his fourth team in two seasons beginning in the 2011 season.
After failed stops in New England, Minnesota and Tennessee in 2010, Moss is not as attractive of an option as he once was. With age, his skills are starting to diminish and apparently so is his work ethic.
However, that is apparently not stopping the New York Jets from considering adding the receiver to their roster.
According to NFL.com, the Jets have worked out scenarios for when free agency begins and have considered including Moss in their plans for 2011.
The Jets have to decide between Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes, both of which are destined for free agency. Moss would fit right in with the circus atmosphere under coach Rex Ryan.
A Moss signing with the Jets is not outside the realm of possibility.
Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis was released by the team in February.
Rumors have circulated that he wants to join a team in the NFC East. Portis has said: "To go to the Giants and get to play the Redskins twice a year after them feeling I wasn't capable anymore, I think that would be outstanding," Portis said, according to this transcript available on the "Real Redskins" blog.
"I forgot to even mention Eli Manning and the great line of the Giants always seems to have and the model of them pounding the ball. I would love that opportunity, too."
All indications are that Portis wants to stick it to the team that let him go and that team that could allow him to do so are the New York Giants.
However, according to the Newark-Star Ledger, the Giants' running back situation is "in flux" due to the financial situation in the NFL once the lockout is lifted.