The NFL's "legal tampering" period began on Saturday, and now teams can talk with representatives for pending free agents around the league. They can't talk directly to the players, nor can they officially put pen to paper on a new contract, but if a player's agent knows what a player wants, they can agree on a deal.
Free agency is just a couple days away, and the signings and releases are starting to trickle in. We tracked the morning's movement earlier Saturday, but since then, plenty more has gone down. Below, a round up of some of the action around the league thus far.
With the news that James Harrison was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers came a quote from the veteran linebacker suggesting that he'd be interested in playing with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. That would certainly be an interesting signing. Harrison did go on to suggest that he's open to any team in the league, though..
Reggie Bush will not be returning to the Miami Dolphins, but should be able to find himself a team for next season. He had a down year in 2012, but he's still got plenty of tread left on the tires. The Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions could both be interested in bringing Bush in, probably as the primary starter. As to his value, it's unlikely he'll earn a big contract, but all it takes it two very interested teams to drive the price up.
While Dannell Ellerbe wanted to return to the Baltimore Ravens, and the team certainly wanted him back, no deal has yet been struck. According to Ellerbe's agent, he's now been in contact with several teams that are interested. Will the Ravens rush to get a deal done, or could Ellerbe really be on his way out due to this latest developments?
The Patriots will likely be without Aqib Talib next season, and they'll need some significant help in the secondary. They've been looking for help at the cornerback and safety positions for years, it seems like. The team could be looking into both Derek Cox and Chris Gamble, according to a recent Tweet from the Boston Herald's Jeff Powe. Cox is likely to hit the open market and Gamble was released as a cap casualty. Soon-to-be free agent cornerback Sean Smith could be drawing the interest of three to five teams, and it would seem to make sense that the Patriots are one of those teams.
Andy Levitre may be going somewhat under the radar, but he's definitely one of the top offensive linemen to hit the open market this season. NFL.com notes that Levitre may be drawing interest from both the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts, as well as his current team, the Buffalo Bills. Levitre has made it clear that he plans to take the best offer on the table, which essentially means the most money, and this report suggests that the Titans will be the team to give it to him.