Sep 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Branden Albert (76) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Chiefs defeated the Eagles 26-16. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Free Agency: Quick Notes on Branden Albert, Cornerbacks and More

It’s been a very busy day across the NFL in terms of news and rumors, so let’s take a look at some of the latest NFL Free Agency buzz and consider how it will impact the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  • Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun has his finger on the pulse of the offensive tackle market, and his sources have shared plenty of specifics about how the next few days will unfold for the linemen set to become free agents. The first big piece of information is on Branden Albert, who he reports will receive $9.5 million dollars annually from the Miami Dolphins. As we discussed earlier, Albert doesn’t seem like a huge upgrade over Donald Penn, and certainly doesn’t seem worth that big of a payday given his injury concerns.
  • Wilson also reports that the Raiders are in talks with Rodger Saffold, who is a Buccaneers target. Saffold will reportedly leave the Rams, so Oakland and Tampa seem like the two most-likely landing spots.
  • He also lists the Bengals as a potential speed bump on the Bucs’ path to signing Anthony Collins, as the free agent tackle may choose to stay in Cincinnati. You can learn more about Collins here.
  • The Colts are close to a deal with Vontae Davis, according to a report. Davis’ contract will help further set the market for corners, and also limit the Buccaneers options for veteran help at the position.
  • One of those options is Nolan Carroll, the less-heralded Miami corner who played across from Brent Grimes. He may be out of the Bucs’ price range for a third corner, but he was solid last season. He’s reportedly been getting a lot of interest.
  • And finally, Rashard Mendenhall explains why he chose to retire from football at age 26. It’s an interesting look into his thought process. From a football standpoint, this leaves the Cardinals thin at running back, and their former employee is now the GM of a team with three solid options at the position. There has almost certainly been a call to check and see if the Buccaneers are willing to deal a running back, although there have been no reports that Licht is looking to forfeit any of those players in a deal.

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