NFL Free Agent Rumors: Big-Name Players Who Will Re-Sign with Current Team

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIMarch 4, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 23: Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins looks towards the fans as he celebrates his touchdown against the Buffalo Bills on December 23, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Bills 24-10. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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With the completion of the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine and the wait commencing until the 2013 NFL Draft, free agency rumors continue to dominate the headlines.

Every team around the league has a number of high-profile stars that are seemingly available for the taking now, but the reality is that not every free agent will walk on out of their current club and into new ones in 2013. In fact, many players will simply re-sign with their current team.

Here's some big-name players that will do just that in 2013.


Donnie Avery, Indianapolis Colts

Wide-receiver Donnie Avery is currently a free agent and a possible target for the New York Jets in 2013, according to The New York Post. However, there is simply no way that the Colts are going to let Avery leave the franchise in 2013, for they simply aren't that foolish.

They've already announced that Austin Collie is not in their plans for the upcoming season—meaning that Avery and T.Y. Hilton will have added importance next year.

Andrew Luck developed very well in his rookie season in the NFL and could have the Colts in line for a playoff berth in 2013 should he keep his go-to targets out wide.

For that reason alone, there's no way that Avery leaves anytime soon.


Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins's Ian Rapaport reported several weeks ago that Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush was being touted as a potential mover over free agency. He said that the franchise had no plans with Bush for the future, and that Daniel Thomas would be their go-to guy in 2013.

However, it's hard to see Bush leaving at the moment.

The 28-year-old is a dynamic runner of the ball who has totaled some very impressive numbers in Miami, and offers a great alternative to Ryan Tannehill. The rookie quarterback would be under even more pressure next year, and without a go-to wide receiver on hand (due to free agency), Tannehill desperately needs Bush to remain in the frame for 2013.

If Miami were locked at wide receiver and had a guy as good as Bush behind him, then this would make sense. But there's no guys out wide and Thomas is behind Bush—making this more likely that the running back stays than he goes.

Miami simply needs him too much.


Cliff Avril, Detroit Lions

Having used the franchise tag on defensive end Cliff Avril last year, the Detroit Lions know that they need to make a decision with the 26-year-old. His future is currently listed at around "50-50" of remaining with the Lions, according to what the player himself said last month.

Yet given all the changes happening to the Lions, who struggled greatly throughout 2012, it's hard not to see them spending up big to keep their star defender.

Avril chalked up nearly 10 sacks in an otherwise difficult year for Detroit, and with Kyle Vanden Bosch gone and Corey Williams potentially following, Avril could be a real game-changer on the defensive edge when it comes to the 2013 season.

He might be their next best selection on hand to come up with that big play, and after going 4-12, the Lions could end up paying big to try and avoid that happening again. And if that's the case, Avril should see himself in blue again next season.


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