2014 NFL Free Agency: 10 Stars Likely To Find New Teams
10 Star Players Who Will Be Finding New Homes in 2014
The 2014 NFL free agency period is just a couple short weeks away and rumors are really starting to run wild in regards to the players that could be on the move. We're already getting news of teams like the Saints cleaning house, and they figure to just be one of many. In this slideshow we'll take a look 10 unrestricted free agent stars who are very likely to sign with new teams on or around March 11th.
It's crazy to think how different today's era is from eras of the past. Three or four seasons with one team is a long time these days. Sure, we still see guys spend the bulk of their career in one place, but for the most part, guys make two or three stops before they call it a career.
Is the constant team changing good for the sport? Overall, I think it is. It helps to keep things fresh and it greatly reduces the chances of a dynasty taking place. Some will argue that dynasties are good for football, but I'm not in that camp. I think it's great that we have 12 playoff teams and the following year, only half of them return. That parody is good for fans. It keeps them engaged because it gives them the feeling that any year could be the year.
When star players move on, it can difficult. Sometimes it's a matter of the team just not having enough funds to pay the player what their worth. But whatever the reasons are, new chapters start for even the biggest NFL stars.
So with all that in mind, here's a look at 10 star players who will more than likely be on the move here in a couple weeks:
Allen re-signing in Minnesota would be shocking. The Vikings aren't going to pay him what he wants and Allen has said that he's focusing on winning a Super Bowl at this point in his career. The Vikings aren't quite in the 'championship contenders' pool of teams.
With Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman under contract, Moreno is likely done in Denver. He's going to be due a substantial raise and the Broncos are better served to spend that money elsewhere.
Tuck sounds like a guy who's no longer set on being a Giant for life. He's going to test the free agent market and it won't be surprising if he decides to start a new chapter with a team willing to pay him more money.
Unless MJD's heart is truly in Jacksonville, I just don't see a way that he'll return in 2014. He's going to be taking a huge pay cut wherever he plays, but he has a better chance to make more money playing somewhere other than Jacksonville.
Most believe that Johnson is as good as gone from the Bengals. At only 27-years of age, some team is going to make the DE a huge offer.
Few view Decker as a No. 1 receiver, but he would still make a really solid addition for most teams in need of pass-catchers. If Decker wants to put himself more in the spotlight, while making more money, he'll leave Denver and start a new chapter.
Raji is an interesting case. Unlike most years in the past, the Packers are expected to be big spenders in free agency. They're also reportedly interested in becoming more athletic along the defensive line, to better fit Dom Capers' defensive philosophy. This could spell the end or Raji's tenure in Green Bay.
Bennett has said that he wants to stay in Seattle. But he's also added that the Seahawks don't get a hometown discount on him either. With so many Seahawks players coming up for renewal in the next year or two, Bennett is a strong candidate to walk.
Keisel wants to stay in Pittsburgh, but he's also mentioned playing for the Lions because he knows the NFL is a business. It's possible that the Steelers, a team in a transition state, could pass on bringing Keisel back just simply because of his age (35).
When you think Bears defense, Tillman is one of the first guys that comes to mind. However, we all saw what the once great unit looked like in 2013. It's certainly time for the Bears to get younger on defense and paying to keep a 33-year old on the roster isn't likely to be a priority.