Even though Super Bowl XLVII wrapped up the 2012-2013 NFL season, there is still plenty of action going on in the league. Granted all of it is happening off the field, yet there has been some activity around the league. Teams are looking at their respective rosters and seeing who is no longer needed. Some of the teams released some heavy hitters while other teams resigned players and cut off any rumors about letting players go.
The Green Bay Packers have parted ways with defensive back Charles Woodson this past Friday. According to NFL.com Woodson’s agent, Carl Poston told the site that, “They’re getting ready to release him. It’s part of the business. I just talked to him. He sounds like he has a lot of football left. He’d like to play for a contender, win another Super Bowl.” There are many teams that would love the veteran leadership Woodson can offer to help lead a defense. Charles was looking to make about $9 million next season and the Packers didn’t want his price tag to affect their salary cap.
Another defensive veteran got released this past week. Colts all time sack leader Dwight Freeney was cut by the team. Dwight texted with ESPN’s Ed Werder that said, “I was very surprised to hear they wanted to go in a different direction. It would have been nice to retire a Colt. My plan is to hit the free-agent market and see who has interest.”
Colts owner Jim Irsay tried to show his gratitude to Freeney by saying, “Few people have meant as much to the success of the Indianapolis Colts as Dwight Freeney. He has been a dominant player, which is all the more impressive considering his size for his position, and he has won a lot of games for this franchise. Dwight was an artist, a joy to watch, and the dedication he put toward his craft was a rare quality. We will miss him, but look forward to his future induction into the Hall of Fame and Colts Ring of Honor.”
Moving on the Minnesota there were reports saying that the Vikings were looking to try and trade wide receiver Percy Harvin. General manager Rick Spielman spoke with reporters last Friday about the rumors. “Percy Harvin is under contract and we expect him, just like all of our players under contract, to be here. Again, there is no intent to trade Percy Harvin. He is a very good football player.” Spielman did not talk about the structure of Harvin’s contract, but is saying all these talks about trading Harvin is just rumors and there is no truth to these allegations.
The Buffalo Bills will be looking to see who will win the role of starting quarterback. The Bills just re-signed backup QB Tavaris Jackson for a one year deal reportedly worth $4.5 million. Bills new head coach Doug Marrone said that Jackson will compete with last year’s starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. Looks like the new coach will look to challenge Fitzpatrick to make sure he will get the most of last year’s starter. Tavaris commented on his relationship with Ryan saying, “Our relationship is pretty good. It’s going to be a little different this year, competing, but things won’t really change in our relationship. If anything, it’ll probably make us closer.”