Already on the eve of the league year we've seen two star receivers dealt -- Percy Harvin and Anquan Boldin -- and with the free agent market unimpressive by and large, more trades could be coming.
According to a league source, the Bucs are shopping 2010 second-round pick Arrelious Benn, a receiver and returner. And the Giants could be ripe to face a challenge to retain receiver Victor Cruz if they put the first-round tender on the restricted free agent, as owner John Mara indicated on Monday.
With free agent Mike Wallace one-dimensional and likely headed to the Dolphins in free agency and other receiver options lacking the size teams covet, Cruz could become a top target in terms of putting an offer sheet together, according to a league source. There are age concerns with Greg Jennings and Cruz is a bigger target than slot guys like Danny Amendola and Wes Welker.
Several sources believed the Patriots would make a run at Cruz, but that was prior to Cruz changing agents recently and going with Tom Condon, who the Pats generally don't do business with. While in the past, in general, restricted free agent activity has been limited, some teams are aggressive and looking to make moves to add to the offense, and there are no shortage of teams with abundant cap space.
The Giants, who had to work through some cap issues this offseason, would have five days to match any offer sheet to Cruz.
Furthermore, the Jets are still looking to deal star corner Darrelle Revis and the Seahawks want to deal quarterback Matt Flynn, and more trades are expected this offseason.