Gone are the days of being drafted by a team and sticking it out for the duration of your career. We live in the age of lockouts and collective bargaining agreements, so the journey of the professional athlete is filled with pitstops. The 2013 NFL off-season has been no exception as quite a few prominent players have been playing switcheroo and things are shaking up around the league. Check it out as we highlight some of the biggest moves that have taken place so far.
5. Mike Wallace Takes Talents to South Beach
A solid receiver since his rookie season, Mike Wallace put up consistent numbers during his stint in the Steel City. With this acquisition, the Dolphins are looking to fill in the void left by Brandon Marshall’s departure as they look to create a new tandem with Wallace and Brian Hartline.
4. Steven Jackson Flies with the Falcons
You’ve got to hand it to Steven Jackson for sticking it out with the Rams for as long as he did. In his nine seasons in St. Louis, he was arguably the most underrated runningback in the league, often running behind a weak offensive line and alongside a non-existent passing game. Those two things won’t be a problem in Atlanta as the Falcons were one game away from the Super Bowl. Maybe Jackson is just what they need to get over the hump.
3. Wes Welker Bucks Patriots for Broncos
Wes Welker did a little bouncing around before landing himself a good gig with the New England Patriots that yielded two Super Bowl appearances. For the Patriots, it’ll be sad to see him go. For the Broncos, they’ve got one of the best quarterbacks of all-time behind center that will put Welker to good use. We have a feeling this will go quite well.
2. Boldin Beat Them, Decides to Join Them
It may seem like the Baltimore Ravens willed themselves to a Super Bowl victory, but that’d be an inaccurate assessment. Aside from the Ravens defense coming through as usual and Joe Flacco emerging as an elite quarterback, Anquan Boldin should be credited with putting up a prolific performance in the playoffs and coming through in the clutch. Apparently, he did too good of a job, because the 49ers had their eyes on him. So much so, that they made the necessary trade to acquire him this off-season to potentially help them hoist the Lombardi trophy next season.
1. Ravens Lose Their Defense
It has beaten over our heads that Ray Lewis was on his final lap. Ed Reed toyed with the idea of retirement last off-season, but the Ravens determined early on that they had no intention on keeping him when the season was over. His partner-in-crime, Bernard Pollard, also parted ways with the team. With Dannell Ellerbe, Cary Williams and Paul Kruger leaving for Miami, Philly and Cleveland, respectively, all the Ravens have left is an aging Terrell Suggs and a plethora of unproven players. The Ravens D has been solid over the years, but this may be the end of an era.
The 2013 NFL season is still months away, so you can expect even more shifting to take place in the NFL landscape. Keep checking back here to stay updated on the NFL happenings this off-season.
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