Dec 23, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) fumbles the ball as he is hit by Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen (28) and linebacker James Harrison (92) during the second half of the game at Heinz Field. The Bengals won the game, 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency slides into focus

So the first day to the “unofficial” start of the NFL Free Agency period has passed and there isn’t much to report on – at least for Green Bay Packers fans.

But we expected that, didn’t we? In fact, as we inch toward the start of the “official” Free Agency period Tuesday, March 12, 3 p.m. CDT, what do we know so far?

Well, we know that there have been bunches of players released from their teams (led by Steelers LB James Harrison) and at least one who is still with his team but surely doesn’t want to be (Vikings receiver Percy Harvin). We’ve learned that the teams interested in Miami RB Reggie Bush seems to change as quickly as mates for the Kardashians, and we’ve also come to expect that Jermichael Finley isn’t the only player who has a 50-50 chance of staying with his team (Anquan Boldin).

Nov 4, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs (16) during a game against the Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Baltimore won 25-15. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Lots of rumors have been circulated over the past 24 hours, with lots of speculation, as well. For instance, which team will Lions DL Cliff Avril settle on? Who will land Cleveland kick returner/receiver Josh Cribbs? And who is this Andy Levitre guy? Well there are at least three teams who seem to think he’s the answer to their offensive line woes.

But what about those former or soon-to-be former Packers? What about Charles Woodson? What about Greg Jennings? We don’t know, but we do know that there are at least three teams seeking the services of Sir Charles.

But What about Ryan Grant or Erik Walden? Let’s just say they probably aren’t at the top of any team’s board.

And why is it, I ask, that any time a player’s name is written about, it seems either the San Francisco 49ers or New England Patriots are the teams that are showing the most interest? Don’t they already have 53 players on their rosters?

So, as we head into the second day of the unofficial Free Agency period, we will surely be hit with more rumors and more questions about which teams are most interested. Maybe as we get closer to the official start Tuesday we’ll start hearing more about actual deals being made (is that legal, NFL?) and we can start figuring out just what players will make up each team’s roster.

Yes, this will be an interesting week or so – one that will provide us with something to write about as we look toward the April draft.

Stay tuned.

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