The NFL Draft is over, the NFL Free Agency waves have calmed significantly and teams are running the first phase of player offseason activities.
Here are 10 of the top remaining free agents and where they could potentially end up.
Nick Mangold, C
Mangold, 33, spent his entire career as a staple and cornerstone of the New York Jets offensive line and it’s kind of surprising that the market for the veteran center is practically mute.
Mangold has been offered to switch to guard, but if he wants to play center and wouldn’t mind a role as a rotational sub-player, he could find a home sooner rather than later.
His ties to the front office in Miami coupled with the injury concerns surrounding Mike Pouncey make the Dolphins a sensible landing spot for Mangold.
Signs With: Miami Dolphins
Anquan Boldin, WR
Boldin, 37, is still producing and still serving as a great mentor to young receivers.
Boldin could still end up in Detroit, where he played last season, but he has rumored to be only interested in playing close to home which would limit his opportunities.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be a great spot for Boldin who could mentor the younger receivers there and add a tough, hard-nosed, sure-handed receiver to an already stacked receiver corps.
Signs With: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Victor Cruz, WR
It’s hard to imagine the plight of Victor Cruz, once a superstar and once one of the better receivers in the league.
Although injuries have plagued him the past few years, he had a solid season last year with the Giants and could still be a productive wideout for a veteran team.
The Detroit Lions could use someone like Cruz as insurance for their receiving corps and perhaps Cruz can have more chances in Detroit then any other team at this point.
Signs With: Detroit Lions
Darrelle Revis, CB
Revis’ cold market indicate that a position change is pretty much the only route to go for Revis if he wants to get back on the field.
If Revis is willing to play safety there could be a rejuvenated interest in signing him to a short-term deal.
San Francisco could use his experience to help mentor some of the young players on the defensive side of their roster.
But the Buffalo Bills, who lost key players in free agency, could use a vet like Revis to help show that big names (although no longer the elite player) are willing to go to Buffalo.
Revis’ experience in the AFC East, cold weather games and his knowledge of the teams Buffalo plays 2-times a year are all selling points.
Signs With: Buffalo Bills
Dan Williams, DT
Dan Williams isn’t far removed from being a “big” free-agent signing of the Oakland Raiders.
But Williams was cut just before the draft and now he finds himself looking for a place to call home in 2017.
Teams like Miami and the Giants could be potential fits as both need some veteran depth on the interior of their defensive line.
Signs With: New York Giants
Colin Kaepernick, QB
Is anyone really surprised that Kaepernick has made teams weary of signing him.
Bottom line is that teams don’t want the distraction and it’s telling that only a year ago we were talking about teams pushing to trade for Kaepernick (Broncos, Texans) and now it seems no one is even sniffing around the outspoken quarterback.
Alas, Cleveland would be a great spot for him and it would work well for both sides.
The Browns have the task of developing a young quarterback and need to keep him off the field for at least 2017. But their projected QBs may throw a wrench in those plans.
Cleveland signing Kaepernick, who played well in spurts last season, could give them a major upgrade at QB and allow them to stick to their plan of developing their rookie QB.
Signs With: Cleveland Browns
LaGarrette Blount, RB
It’s kind of shocking that Blount is still on the free agent market, but a number of analysts thought interest in the power back would pick up after the draft.
Well, the draft is over and Blount still is sitting at home. Teams like the Giants, Packers and the Lions have been tied to Blount.
Signs With: Green Bay Packers
Michael Floyd, WR
What a downward spiral for Michael Floyd.
Last year at this time Floyd was eyeing a big payday for free agency in 2017.
Then his DUI arrest happened. Then he was cut from the Arizona Cardinals. Then he was forgettable for the New England Patriots.
Now, he needs a revival and he should be pleading with the Baltimore Ravens for a chance at redemption.
After all, they have a need at wide receiver and Floyd would be a good “get”.
Signs with: Baltimore Ravens
Ryan Clady, OT
Injuries have derailed Clady’s career and have limited his market interest.
A short term, “prove it” deal would be Clady’s best bet and he may be better served as a rotational backup at this point in his career.
Signs With: Los Angeles Rams
Jason McCourty, CB
The former Tennessee Titan is hoping to land a deal with the New England Patriots, where his twin brother plays.
McCourty may not get a big payday, as he failed to live up the contract the Titans gave him which led to his release.
But Bill Belichick loves veteran players and adding McCourty could give yet more depth to an already stacked Patriots team.
Signs With: New England Patriots
Ravens’ Alex Collins Arrested
Baltimore Ravens running back Alex Collins was arrested early on Friday morning following a car crash about a mile from the Ravens’ team facility, according to a report from the Baltimore Sun.
Per the report: Officers responded to a report of a car that had crashed into a tree on the 10000 block of Dolfield Road at about 6:48 a.m. Friday morning, Baltimore County police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Peach said.
Collins, 24, was arrested, however charges were not made public at the time of this writing.
Ravens vice president of public relations Chad Steele told The Baltimore Sun that the team has spoken with law enforcement and is aware of the situation involving Collins.
Collins is coming off a down year with Baltimore after a breakout campaign in 2017. Collins managed only 411 yards rushing in 2018 and was placed on injured reserve back in December, ending his season early.
Ray Rice Says He Is Done With Football
Former NFL running back Ray Rice, who had been working to try and get a second chance in the NFL over the past couple of years, is no longer pursuing a comeback.
“I’ll be the first one to say it; I don’t have to retire to tell you I’m done with football” Rice said, during an interview on CBS This Morning.
“The pressure I was under of being a star, that was the person I hated the most.”
Rice was suspended indefinitely back in 2014 when a video surfaces showing Rice punching his then-fiancee, now wife, Janay Rice while the two were alone in an elevator.
Rice was never picked up by another team following the conclusion of his suspension, and his release from the Baltimore Ravens.
Rice said that he sees “similarities” between his situation and the one of former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, who was recently cut loose by the team when a video surfaced showing him pushing and kicking a woman in a hallway.
“Somewhere down the line everybody who’s sayin’, ‘Does he deserve a second chance for football?’ And this that and the other— I actually got my second chance” Rice said of Hunt, who cleared waivers and is now a free agent.
“During my darkest moments, and I used to ask myself, ‘How could she even be—want to support me?’ … That’s understandable. But I think what’s misunderstood about us is that the friends we were before the incident. That’s why, like I said, when I look at Kareem Hunt, I wanna know what his life was like. I want to know what happened in life. I know Kareem has apologized, and has expressed remorse for survivors of domestic violence.”
Ravens Trying To Entice Fans With Lower Concession Prices
The Baltimore Ravens are attempting to win back fans and their latest plan is making a big step toward doing just that as the team announced on Tuesday that they will reduce concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium in 2018.
The Ravens have been on a mission to bring back fans who were angered by some players’ national anthem protests coupled with their 3-year playoff drought.
A series of moves have demonstrated their efforts. The team invited fans to ask questions at a media pre-draft news conference held a question-and-answer session with fans at the team facility with owner Steve Bisciotti, coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome, and also have had team president Dick Cass meet and talk to fan clubs.
While the team has sold out every game during their 20-year history at M&T Bank Stadium, empty seats grew in numbers as the 2017 season wore on, and the no-shows are very obvious.
The organization is taking this initiative very seriously.
“It’s something I would really like to take a hard look at, and at least, come up with select items that we can do,” Bisciotti said back in February of this year.
“If it means us … I can’t make Aramark do that with me, but I can make them go along as long as it’s my share of the profits that I’m waiving. Yeah, I’d like to take a look at that. I think we could probably do that.”
There is an official news conference scheduled for Thursday where the Ravens will officially announce price reductions on concessions.
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