After the end of the NFL lockout, teams are scrambling to make changes.
The Washington Redskins were supposed to be big players in the free agent and trade market, but have yet to make a major deal. Meanwhile, the the New York Jets are making waves already, and their big plans might not involve wide receiver Braylon Edwards.
Here's an update on free agents and quarterbacks on the trade block:
Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland: There may not be a better cornerback than Asomugha, who got a huge contract from the Raiders in February 2009 and should expect another lucrative one again this year. He's the prize of the free agent class, and will have plenty of suitors. Asomugha, 30, might be a star for several years to come, and he has a great attitude. It looks like the three teams with the best chance to land Asomugha are the Jets, Texans, and 49ers.
Possible destinations: N. Y. Jets, Houston, San Francisco, Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Oakland
Cullen Jenkins, Green Bay: Despite playing only 11 regular-season games in 2010-2011, Jenkins racked up seven sacks and is among the best 3-4 defensive ends in the game. Expect the Packers to let Jenkins go, as they go young.
Possible destinations: Dallas, Washington, Denver, N.Y. Giants, Chicago, Baltimore
Malcom Floyd, San Diego. The Chargers' wide out has proven to be a solid contributor over the past two seasons, having gained over 700 yards in 2009 and 2010. He only played 11 games last season, but is one of the two best wide receivers remaining. Floyd seems certain to leave San Diego.
Possible destinations: Minnesota, St. Louis, Chicago,
Braylon Edwards, N.Y. Jets. With the Jets bringing back Santonio Holmes, the future of Edwards in a Jets uniform is uncertain. The 2010 season was a productive one for Edwards, who had 53 catches and 904 yards. There are plenty of teams interested in his services.
Possible destinations: Minnesota, Arizona, N.Y. Jets
Ray Edwards, Minnesota: Many teams will be vying for Edwards after two straights seasons of eight sacks or more. The question dogging interested teams interested is how effective will Edwards be without Jared Allen on his line. Atlanta apparently is no longer interested in Edwards, while Seattle is showing more interest.
Possible destinations: Seattle, Tennessee, Minnesota, Cleveland
Sidney Rice, Minnesota: A big-play threat, and one of the more under-rated receivers in the league, the Vikings want to retain Rice, even though he sat most of the season with a hip injury. The Seahawks have become major players in the pursuit of Rice after acquiring Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Leinart.
UPDATE: Seattle signs Rice to a five-year deal worth $41 million.
Kevin Kolb, Philadelphia: Kolb wants out of Philly as he's been relegated to back-up duties to Michael Vick. Of all the quarterbacks on the market, Kolb probably has the most upside. He's been effective in his limited playing time, and has shown he has the ability to be a regular starter. "Kolb to the Cardinals for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second- or third-round pick" was mentioned by Phil Anastasia of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and NFL.com reported a Kolb-to-Arizona deal involving Rodgers-Cromartie, as well. The Dolphins might get involved with a deal for Kolb if talks break down with Kyle Orton.
Update: Arizona acquires Kolb.
Kyle Orton, Denver. Orton is coming off a season where he was 15th in quarterback rating, and threw very few interceptions (9) based on his number of passes (498).
Possible destinations: Miami, Arizona, Cincinnati, Washington