|NFL free agency update: Lions make hard push for Reggie Bush||03.13.13 at 9:54 am ET|
The Lions continue their aggressive pursuit of Dolphins free agent running back Reggie Bush, reportedly telling Bush on Tuesday that he can start ahead of Mikel Leshoure.
Bush is rumored to be considering the Cardinals, Redskins and Bengals as well, with an eye toward the team that will give him the best opportunity. He rushed for 986 yards last season.
“Reggie has a tough decision to go through,” a source close to Bush told Yahoo! Sport’s Jason Cole. “He’s very careful about how he considers these situations. He asks a lot of questions and wants to know all the ins and outs about how a team wants to use him.
“But, you know, in his heart, he wants to play all the time.”
• Rams free agent receiver Brandon Gibson reportedly has a visit scheduled with the Jets on Wednesday, with the Dolphins waiting should New York not make an acceptable offer. Gibson caught 51 passes for 691 yards and touchdowns in 16 games (13 starts) last season.
• Defensive lineman Mike DeVito joined the exodus out of New York, leaving the Jets to sign a reported three-year, $12 million deal with the Chiefs. The 28-year-old DeVito, a Cape Cod native and University of Maine product, started the past three seasons for the Jets.
• The Chiefs also acquired tight end Anthony Fasano, who caught 41 passes for 332 yards and five touchdowns in 2012, his fifth season with the Dolphins. Fasano, 28, started his pro career with two seasons in Dallas.
• According to multiple reports, the Buccaneers are making a push to acquire Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, with the Eagles in the picture as well. The Jets, desperate for cap space, reportedly restructured the contracts of receiver Santonio Holmes and cornerback Antonio Cromartie.
• In addition to landing receiver Mike Wallace on Tuesday, the Dolphins acquired Ravens free agent linebacker Dannell Ellerbe as well. Ellerbe’s deal is said to be worth $35 million over five years. Ellerbe, 27, had 66 tackles (43 solo) and 4.5 sacks last season, his fourth in Baltimore.
• The Ravens, who lost Ellerbe and Paul Kruger (Browns), picked up defensive lineman Chris Canty, reportedly for $8 million over three years. The 6-foot-7, 317-pound Canty, 30, had three sacks in nine games for the Giants last season. Canty played for the Cowboys from 2005-08 before joining the Giants.
• The Bears picked up a couple of assets in tight end Martellus Bennett and offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod. Bennett, signed for four years, had 55 catches for 626 yards and five touchdowns for the Giants last season. Bushrod, 28, spent the past six seasons with the Saints, starting at left tackle the last four years. His five-year deal is worth a reported $35.965 million.
• The Broncos added some protection for Peyton Manning, signing former Chargers guard Louis Vasquez to a four-year, $23.5 million deal, according to USA Today. Vasquez, a third-round pick of the Chargers in 2009, started 54 games in San Diego, including all 16 last season.
• The Titans signed a tight end and lost one, bringing in Delanie Walker while seeing Jared Cook head to the Rams, according to multiple reports.
• The Chargers agreed to a two-year deal with Eagles free agent offensive tackle King Dunlap, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. The 6-foot-9, 330-pound Dunlap, who started 12 games in Philadelphia last season, reportedly could earn as much as $6 million under his new contract. Dunlap, 27, was a seventh-round draft pick in 2008 and has spent his entire career in Philadelphia.
|Ravens roundup: Defense could face major rebuilding in offseason||01.16.13 at 1:39 pm ET|
The retiring Ray Lewis has grabbed the headlines, but the Ravens couldn’t have made it this far without the contributions of the rest of their defense. However, this postseason could be the last time linebackers Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe and cornerback Cary Williams suit up for Baltimore, as all three are unrestricted free agents this offseason. Depending on how contract negotiations go with quarterback Joe Flacco, whose rookie contract expires after this season, it could be hard for the Ravens to retain even one of that trio.
Kruger had a career-high nine sacks in the regular season and has 2½ more in the playoffs. His skill set could land him an offer in the $35 million to $40 million range that the Ravens likely can’t match.
“Paul’s setting himself up for the future,” Ravens strong safety Bernard Pollard said. “I think he has a good shot at breaking the bank because this league, this team, we want pass rushers. We want guys who can rush the quarterback and Paul is a heck of a guy to do that.”
Ellerbe had 89 tackles and 4½ sacks this season, setting himself up to step into Lewis’ place as the latter retires.
Williams rejected a three-year, $15 million contract extension offer from the Ravens before the season, and he looks ready to test the free agent market after 75 tackles, four interceptions and 17 pass deflections.
FLACCO’S AGENT CONSIDERS QB ‘ELITE’
In the wake of two dominant performances against the Broncos and Colts, Flacco has established himself — at least in the mind of his agent, Joe Linta – as one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks.
“I’ve been the one putting him on a pedestal saying Joe’s a top-five, elite quarterback, and he’s proving it,” Linta told The Baltimore Sun. “He’s in the rarified air of having already won seven playoff games in his short career. He’s really demonstrating that he’s one of the top guys out there.”
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