With the NFL and the players association wrapping up their game of Let’s Make A Deal, the NFL offseason is about to get jump started, sending teams scurrying to acquire and unload players before the season starts.
While the negotiations have been happening, though, teams have not remained quiet. There has been quite a bit of talk from players and front offices alike about who will be wearing a different jersey when the season starts.
Fans are discussing left and right rumors about these deals, and everyday it seems there is a new one that pops up on the world wide web for all to see.
Here are some of the latest rumors that are being discussed.
With a group of quarterbacks led by the embattled Derek Anderson, it seemed inevitable that the Arizona Cardinals would be looking for a boost behind center.
According to the Mike Jurecki, a Phoenix reporter with XTRA 910 radio, sources are saying the Cardinals are interested in sending cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to Philadelphia for quarterback Kevin Kolb.
With Kolb, the Cardinals would get a proven starter who, while not flashy, would be able to guide the team. The Eagles, meanwhile, would receive a young Pro Bowl cornerback that would immediately help their secondary.
The Cardinals front office has done little to dispel this rumor, stating that nothing is out of the question.
Wide receiver Steve Smith has been vocal about his wishes to leave the Carolina Panthers. There is no reason to doubt that the Panthers would like to get rid of Smith and his pricey contract, especially with a drop in production in 2010.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Smith has expressed an interest in playing in Baltimore. The Ravens, meanwhile, addressed their need during the draft, picking up Tandon Doss and Torrey Smith.
While it seems unlikely that Smith would end up in Baltimore, the Ravens could use a veteran wide receiver and might want to gamble on whether Smith has any gas left in the tank. Will this trade happen? Possibly not, but stranger things have occurred.
When the lockout ends, Chad Ochocinco will have to give up playing soccer and riding bulls and return to the gridiron. He will, most likely, not be doing that in Cincinnati.
Pro Football Weekly has spoken to several NFL insiders, and one has said that the New England Patriots could have an interest in taking Ochocinco off of the Bengals’ hands. The Patriots are in need of a quick receiver, and Bill Belicheck is a coach who could definitely use Ochocinco.
If the Patriots do not see anyone in free agency that fits their needs, they could be calling the Bengals’ front office and solving both of their problems at one time.
With a backup of quarterbacks in Denver, the Broncos will need to get rid of someone. That person is Kyle Orton.
Pro Football Talk has said that the Broncos will be shopping Orton. Orton is due to receive nearly $9 million in 2011, and, with $129 million in contracts, the Broncos can hardly afford to pay that for a backup quarterback.
With Tim Tebow most likely to start for the Broncos, Denver will be looking to send Orton elsewhere.