NFL Free-Agency Rumors: Latest Buzz on Rashard Mendenhall, Beanie Wells and More

Josh BenjaminCorrespondent IMarch 12, 2013

December 30, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall (34) rushes the ball against the Cleveland Browns during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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NFL free agency has begun and the rumors are a-flying.

In one case, running back Rashard Mendenhall is almost definitely about to leave the Pittsburgh Steelers. A few teams are interested in him, but just where he'll sign remains a complete and utter mystery.

Even running back Beanie Wells is attracting attention despite an injury-riddled 2012 season. It just shows that, despite an off year, a player can still be in demand by multiple teams.

Oh, and let's not forget that one team could be on the verge of filling a gaping hole on the offensive line.

Lots of rumors need to be covered, so strap on your pads, NFL fans. It's time to cover the latest buzz from the gridiron!


Titans Set to Sign LeVitre?

Now that seven-time Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson has retired (per, the Tennessee Titans have a hole to fill on their offensive line. Fortunately, GM Ruston Webster could be on the verge of taking care of that rather quickly.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk cites a league source which states that the Titans are expected to sign offensive guard Andy LeVitre to a "huge-money deal," instantly filling the hole left by Hutchinson. 

LeVitre spent the first four seasons of his career with the Buffalo Bills and has established himself as a top pass-blocker. The Titans do indeed need a lot of help on the O-line, so this is a deal that should pay off immediately if true.


Beanie Wells Attracting Multiple Suitors

In four years with the Arizona Cardinals, former Ohio State Buckeye Beanie Wells was both injury-prone and a bust. He ran for just 24 touchdowns and 2,471 yards in that time and attracted attention late last season when he said he was "auditioning" (per for all the other NFL teams.

Sure enough, two have entered the sweepstakes for his services.

According to ESPN's Jamison Hensley, both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals are interested in Wells, despite his injury woes.

His health is a legitimate concern, but the fact remains that Wells is only 24 years old and both the Steelers and Bengals could use some help at running back. Wells could prove to be a reliable complement to BenJarvus Green-Ellis in Cincinnati and could very well be better than Pittsburgh's current option in Jonathan Dwyer.

So long as either team is careful to not overpay, Wells could easily prove be a free-agency steal.


Rashard Mendenhall Headed West?

With his tenure in the Steel City over, it's looking like Rashard Mendenhall will be taking his talents westward. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the former Illinois standout will meet with both the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals.

Injuries limited Mendenhall to just six games last season, through which he rushed for only 152 yards and no touchdowns. Just the same, this is the same man who ran for 13 touchdowns in 2010 and nine in 2011. At age 25, it's a bit of a stretch to say that he's done.

That said, it's interesting that the Broncos would be interested in Mendenhall. They already have a decent option in Knowshon Moreno, but Mendenhall would be a definite upgrade.

Arizona, however, is a much better fit for him. New head coach Bruce Arians is an offense-oriented coach who will surely make the Cardinals' attack a balanced one. A key running back could be the last piece of the puzzle that gets the team back on the right track.

Money talks in the NFL, so Arizona should definitely offer lots of it in its pitch to Mendenhall.