NFL Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Free Agents and Possible Trades Before March 10 Deadline Including Ndamukong Suh & Darrelle Revis
On Tuesday, March 10, at 4 p.m. EST, players with an expiring contract or those who have not been franchise tagged will become free agents.
NFL teams will also have the right to begin trading with other clubs around the league. Over the last month, there have been numerous trade rumors and speculations concerning teams and players.
Latin Post breaks down some of the biggest rumors from around the NFL:
If Devin McCourty Available, NFC East Teams Interested
The New England Patriots shocked many when they decided not to use the franchise tag on their star safety Devin McCourty. McCourty is a good free safety who will definitely get high value on the open market this offseason. According to multiple reports, both the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles are very interested in signing McCourty.
That comes as no surprise because the NFC East is a pass happy division, and both the Eagles and Giants need improvements to their secondary. Last season the Eagles secondary ranked 31st in passing yards allowed, while the Giants ranked 18th. There's still a chance that McCourty can re-sign with the Patriots, but he would have to accept less money.
Ndamukong Suh Could Land in South Beach
Ndamukong Suh is the big name set to become a free agent. Suh is attracting interest from all over the league, and it's unlikely he will re-sign with the Detroit Lions. The front-runners to land Suh are the Miami Dolphins. Suh will make somewhere in the $100 million range, and the Dolphins have been making cuts to their roster. Suh has also said multiple times he wants to play in a big market. Maybe South Beach can do for Suh what it did for LeBron James.
Darrelle Revis Either a Jet or a Patriot?
The Patriots struck gold last offseason when they signed Darrelle Revis, but they have a big decision to make. Revis is scheduled to count $25 million against the Patriots salary cap next season. To make matters worse, their AFC East rivals are interested. The New York Jets are prepared to offer "anything Revis wants" to return to the Jets. Even the Buffalo Bills have shown interest, but odds are they will bypass and focus on offense instead. The Patriots may just pay Revis the enormous amount to remain with the team instead of possibly losing him.
Demarco Murray Up For Grabs
The Dallas Cowboys may be without their star running back next season. Running backs don't have a very long shelf life, so Murray may be wise to get a huge contract now while he still can. Still 27 years old, Murray could get a huge payday from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns or Oakland Raiders.
Jay Cutler on the Move? Don't Count on it
The Chicago Bears recently traded Brandon Marshall away to the New York Jets to clear up cap space. Clever move considering they have never won anything with him anyway. Now talk around the Windy City is that the Bears will try and deal quarterback Jay Cutler. They'll try, but don't bet on anyone buying. Cutler isn't set to become a free agent until 2021 in which he will count $108.2 million against the cap. Yikes. It looks like Cutler and Bears will be together for quite some time.
Julius Thomas Drawing Interest
The Denver Broncos did what everyone expected them to do. They franchise tagged Demaryius Thomas, and they're going to let tight end Julius Thomas walk. Thomas is one of the best tight ends in the league today, and both the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons are showing interest. The Jaguars have more money to spend than anyone this offseason while the Falcons could use a reliable tight end.
Andre Johnson Wants Out, Again
Every offseason Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson show his frustration and demands a trade or a release. Many NFL exerts think the Patriots would be a great fit, but Johnson is way too costly at this stage of his career. Johnson will count $30.7 million against the cap over the next two seasons if traded. If released he would be a great addition. But why would the Texans be willing to cut their star wide out for nothing in return?
Busy Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs know they have a big hole at wide receiver considering not one wide out caught a touchdown for them last season. The biggest free agent to be wide receiver that Chiefs have had their eyes on is Jeremy Maclin. Maclin has said he would approve a reunion with head coach Andy Reid. There's a chance the Chiefs could release Dwayne Bowe. If the Chiefs cut Bowe, that would clear up about $5 million in cap space. The Chiefs have also been rumored to be "considering" releasing Tamba Hali which would save $9 million.
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