The 2023 NFL free agency period is bringing a ton of rumors and news that will affect every team across the league. Some of the biggest stars we know could change teams via trade or free agency. That includes Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon and free agents Bobby Wagner and Odell Beckham Jr.
We’re covering the latest NFL free agency rumors and news throughout the next few weeks. Bookmark this page, as we’ll be adding everything you need to know as news and rumors unfold with the new league year now officially underway.
Latest NFL Free Agency Rumors and News
Joe Mixon Won’t Be Indicted but Future in Doubt
It’s already been a tumultuous offseason for Mixon. The Bengals running back had a misdemeanor menacing charge dropped against him in early February and found his name in the news again this week. Mixon won’t be indicted for a shooting that occurred near his home, but his sister’s boyfriend faces multiple felony charges.
Mixon, who produced only 814 yards on 3.9 yards per carry in 2022, looks like a potential cap casualty this offseason. The Bengals signed left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. to a considerable $64 million deal, so spending on an RB who has seen his effectiveness decline may not be wise. Releasing Mixon would save $7.29 million of his $12.79 million salary cap hit in 2023.
Bengals general manager Duke Tobin said, “I don’t have the answers,” in regards to whether Mixon will return to the team. This will be a situation to watch moving forward.
Where Does Bobby Wagner Land?
Former Seahawks and Rams linebacker Bobby Wagner is still on the market and has seemingly drawn little interest after he pushed for his release from LA. Wagner isn’t bad at all, but he finally showed his age in coverage in 2022. Even the Cowboys — who seem to be linked to every big-name free agent — are “probably out” on Wagner after re-signing Leighton Vander Esch.
The linebacker market has been moving slowly. Eric Kendricks, Tremaine Edmunds, and Kyzir White relocated quickly, but Zach Cunningham and Wagner are still quality starters. Wagner may need to accept less money from an unexpected team, such as the Browns, Giants, or back to the Seahawks.
Odell Beckham Jr. Return to the Giants Dies
The New York Giants just added Parris Campbell and re-signed Darius Slayton, but they could still add a true No. 1-potential receiver in Beckham. Jordan Raanan of ESPN reported these signings have taken them out of that chase, though. The Giants’ actions showed their interest up until the signing, as they contacted his agent at the NFL Combine and then attended Beckham’s public workout in Arizona.
Beckham could still return to The Big Apple, as the New York Jets are interested as they try to land quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Cowboys are also interested, as they were throughout the end of the 2022 season. Jordan Schultz of The Score reported the two parties have had positive discussions.