Updated NFL News and Rumors 2/25/13
It was reported on Sunday that the San Francisco 49ers have agreed to trade Alex Smith to an unknown team. eDraft filed this article immediately following the breaking news. While no trades can be made until mid-March, we should hear something this week as it relates to where Smith is going and what type of compensation the 49ers will receive. As has been the case over the last month or so, our stance here at eDraft is that he will end up with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Chris Mortensen over at ESPN broke some stunning news on Sunday. It appears that top defensive line prospect Star Lotulelei has a heart issue that will keep him from working out at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. The massive defensive tackle is currently ranked No. 1 on eDraft's Top 200 Big Board. It remains to be seen whether this will impact his draft stock. As it is, we should be more worried about his health than anything else.
Mortensen's report went on to say the following.......
"Lotulelei was discovered to have an abnormally low Ejection Fraction, detecting that the left ventricle of his heart was pumping at only 44 percent efficiency, sources said. The normal range is between 55-70 percent efficiency."
eDraft will wait until the process plays out and more tests are done before drawing any conclusions about Star's draft stock heading into April. It just makes sense to reserve judgment at this point.
Reggie Bush is unlikely to return to the Miami Dolphins in '13. The veteran running back is set to hit the free agent market next month and will be calling a new area code him this upcoming season. This shouldn't come as much of a surprise considering that Miami seems to be sold on Lamar Miller as its featured back from here on out. With that said, Bush should find a relatively strong market as a change-of-pace running back next season. Pure conjecture, but the Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals seem like good fits.
Two Bay Area players were arrested over the weekend. San Francisco 49ers' practice squad offensive tackle Al Netter was picked up and booked on DUI charges, while Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant was arrested on criminal mischief charges in Miami-Dade. No further reports have come out on either incidents, though both the 49ers and Raiders are aware of what happened and released public statements on Sunday.
A recent report indicated that the Green Bay Packers are considering franchising veteran wide receiver Greg Jennings. This would be a major surprise considering that a franchise tag would cost Green Bay over $10 million against the cap in '13 and it has a ton of cheaper wide receiver options currently on the team. As recently as last week, it seems that Jennings' days in Green Bay were over. I still expect the Packers to avoid the tag and to let him walk in free agency next month.
Shonn Greene could be headed to the Atlanta Falcons, who will likely release veteran running back Michael Turner some time this week. Greene has put up two consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, but is going will be priced out of the New York Jets' range once free agency starts. While Greene isn't a top-tier running back in the NFL, he could do well in a running back by committee approach. Other possible suitors will included the Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers.
As it relates to Turner, he is set to count $6.9 million against the Falcons' cap and will likely be shown the door in relatively short order. Past his prime, Turner is probably a backup running back at this point in his career.
Steve Breaston is set to meet with the Cleveland Browns this week after being released by the Kansas City Chiefs earlier in February. Cleveland and the Pittsburgh Steelers have shown interest. Though, it is worth mentioning that going to Pittsburgh would be somewhat of a return home for the former 1,000-yard receiver. Could he possibly be a replacement for Mike Wallace, who is likely moving on?
Dallas Cowboys' Owner Jerry Jones has come out and indicated that his team will not be able to retain the services of Anthony Spencer for the '13 season. The two sides appear to be far off as it relates to financial terms and Dallas is in no position to franchise him once again. In addition, its likely move to a 4-3 defensive scheme complicates things further. We have indicated here that the New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns would be good fits.
Tennessee Titans' tight end Jared Cook is likely to get franchised before the deadline in early-March. The question here is whether it will be at tight end or wide receiver? Cook wants to be designated a wide receiver for the purposes of receiving a larger franchise tender, while the Titans want him designated at his more "natural" position of tight end. The difference here is about $4.5 in terms of his '13 salary number. For what it is worth, many believe that Cook has a legit shot of being designated a wide receiver for the purposes of the tag, which would make it nearly impossible for the Titans to retain him at that cost. This could get interesting.