Jan 20, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker (83) carries the ball after a catch against the Baltimore Ravens in the second quarter of the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Legal Tampering: Day 2 sleeping in edition - Fins targeting Welker?

Apparently nothing interupts Sunday morning.

As of 11:00am, things are very quiet on the free agent front, so quiet in fact that one could get the feeling that it is the calm before the storm – or maybe everyone is all screwed up from springing forward, or maybe the breakfast buffet at the Ramada is especially tasty…

…but then another report out of Miami that the Dolphins have Wes Welker on their Radar, along with Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson…they have the money so maybe they’ll blow it on three wide receivers and leave Tannehill’s blind side exposed?  Sounds like the kind of move that makes the Dolphins…well…the Dolphins.

Spend that money, Boys!

In that spirit, here’s a few notes from overnight to get us primed.  I will update as events warrant.

Nothing big…not yet, anyway.

Eagles determined to acquire Revis

The Philadelphia Inquirer passes along a rumor that Eagles GM Howie Roseman  is “crunching numbers” and “putting together an offer” to acquire Darrelle  Revis.

It would make plenty of sense. The Eagles are sickly thin at  cornerback with the impending departures of Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique  Rodgers-Cromartie, and they have a boatload of cap space to meet Revis’ contract  demands. Roseman is also an aggressive general manager, even if it’s backfired  more often than not. Beat writer Jeff McLane speculates Philly could package the  No. 35 overall pick with a future selection to entice the Jets. New York is  reportedly “determined” to trade Revis prior the the draft.

Gonzales will return to Falcons for $7 million
The Falcons are “cautiously optimistic” that free agent Tony Gonzalez will  return for his age-37 season, but only at the right price.

That “price” appears to be $7 million and the luxury of being  able to miss some or all of training camp. “If we offer him the money, he’ll  most likely be back for one more,” said one team source. “He’ll most likely be  looking to miss training camp, though.” The heightened salary request isn’t  expected to be a major road block, though the whole missing camp issue could.  “The money is there,” a source said. “Working out the days he can miss is the  biggest holdup.” We expect Gonzo back.

UPDATE: Bush confirms impending departure from Miami
A source “very close” to free agent Reggie Bush tells the Miami Herald he’s  receiving interest from three teams, and “categorically” will not be back with  the Dolphins.
Per reporter Armando Salguero, Bush is being offered  “significant” money. “Significant” would imply Bush could match or surpass the  $5 million he made in 2012, but that would be quite a feat for agent Joel Segal  in a tight market. It’s a safe bet two of the three interested teams are Detroit  and Arizona, but the third is a complete unknown. Bush is by far the best  change-of-pace back on the market.

Dolphins serious about Gibson, Welker

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins contacted free agent WR Brandon Gibson  on Saturday, and talks are said to be “serious.”

The real juice to the story is that “some believe that Gibson  could earn a contract comparable to the one given to Brian Hartline” last week — five years and $31 million with $12.5 million guaranteed. While it’s unclear  how talks with Gibson would affect a Mike Wallace pursuit, we’d guess that he  would likely be a fallback option. Miami is also said to be interested in free  agent Wes Welker.

Amendola will not be re-signed by Rams
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Rams are not expected to re-sign free  agent Danny Amendola due to his contract demands.
Amendola is said to be seeking Brian Hartline money ($6  million per year), and that’s more than the Rams are “willing to invest” given  his injury history. With Amendola and fellow free agent Brandon Gibson on their  way out in St. Louis, the Rams are staring at an overhaul atop their receiver  depth chart from what we’ve been accustomed to in recent years. That may not be  a bad thing.

Just a note from the draft perspective

The National Football Post says Georgia OLB Jarvis Jones’ neck injury is  “starting to look like it might be a non-issue on draft day,” and “there is  little chance he falls out of the top ten.”

Independent orthopedist Craig Brigham refutes the notion that  Jones ever even had a significant spinal cord contusion, and concluded that  Jones either had a mild case of spinal cord concussion or just simply a neck  stinger that has long since resolved. “Jarvis is cleared to play without  restriction,” said Brigham. After receiving good news on his neck at the  Combine, Jones may not be in for such a dramatic tumble down boards on draft day  as was initially thought.

Boldin’s Agent trying to get receiver cut?

Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, Profootballtalk.com reports  Anquan Boldin’s chances of staying in Baltimore are “parked at 50-50.”

PFT’s Mike Florio passes along “suspicion” that Boldin’s agent  is actively trying to get his client cut in hopes of testing free agency and  commanding more money than his $6 million salary. It could be a smart business  move. The receiver market has been depleted by Dwayne Bowe and Brian Hartline’s  long-term deals, and Boldin would immediately become a top-five free-agent  wideout along with Mike Wallace, Greg Jennings, Wes Welker, and Danny Amendola.

UPDATE: The Ravens have asked Boldin to take a $2 million pay cut, and he has refused…

Harvin wants out of Minnesota

Citing “some good sources around the NFL,” the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Sid  Hartman reports Percy Harvin has informed the Vikings that he does not want to  play for them anymore and “wants to be traded.”

Hartman is a columnist with a spotty track record, so keep  that in mind. After explaining that Harvin doesn’t get along with the coaching  and medical staffs, Hartman acknowledges GM Rick Spielman “is in the driver’s  seat.” Harvin is signed for 2013 and the Vikings could keep him with consecutive  franchise tags the following two seasons. Additionally, Hartman reports Harvin  won’t be in attendance when Vikings offseason workouts begin on April 22.

Tags: Baltimore Ravens Miami Dolphins Mike Wallace Minnesota Vikings New England Patriots Wes Welker

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