If you were hoping for an action packed start to free agency you don’t have to look much further than the last week or so. Tomorrows start will bring a flurry of activity although it’s uncertain if the three day window of legal tampering will greet the start of free agency with announced signings.
For now though, it’s the trade market that has dominated the pre-free agency period. Alex Smith was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs and today the NFL has seen two WR’s switch teams. Earlier today Percy Harvin was moved from the Minnesota Vikings for a 1st round, 7th round, and a 2014 mid-round selection to the Seattle Seahawks. Harvin was demanding a trade and the Vikes obliged.
Apparently the San Francisco 49′ers want to keep pace. It has just been announced that the Baltimore Ravens will ship Anquan Boldin to the 49′ers for a sixth round pick in this years draft. Boldin was refusing to take a 2 million dollar pay cut to stay with the Ravens. The 49′ers will eat his 6 million dollar salary but will likely try to sign him to a better deal for the club.
In Denver, there are reports that the Broncos are shopping DE Elvis Dumerville and speculation continues that Ryan Mallett will be traded out of New England. In Miami, there is some talk of trades involving RB Daniel Thomas and possibly Jared Odrick.
It’s hard to say who the Dolphins would be trying to move but Jeff Ireland has a history of making trades that would reward him with draft compensation. With 5 picks in the first 3 rounds of this years draft, a possible addition of a 4th round comp pick, the Dolphins are in great shape to shop both in free agency with their 30 million spending limit and the draft picks.