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With the first few days of free agency and trading done with, the market is beginning to take shape and potential suitors are beginning to come out as the market for top players dwindles little by little. The Baltimore Ravens made perhaps one of the biggest splashes on the first weekend and certainly upgraded their passing attack with the acquisition of Anquan Boldin. The Detroit Lions got a few players and the Chicago Bears jumped all over defensive end Julius Peppers and running back Chester Taylor to improve their chances.

So who's still out there and where might they go? A lot of sites have rumor mills and despite their access and predictions, no one really knows until the ink is dry on the contracts. Therefore, rumor is....

The Cincinnati Bengals want to upgrade their receiving corps and by letting Laveranues Coles walk and have been linked to not only Terrell Owens but Brandon Marshall as well. Imagine a combination of Ochocinco and Ochouno? In the meantime, Coles may be returning to the Jets as they look to upgrade their receiving corps as well.

Seattle is also looking at Marshall, so to have two tough guys to cover move from the AFC to NFC (T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Brandon Marshall) is would be great news for the Ravens secondary.

The San Diego Chargers sent Antonio Crommartie to the Jets and then the Jets sent the expendable Kerry Rhodes to the Arizona Cardinals fill their void after the loss of Antrel Rolle..

Miami definitely upgraded their defense, which had been soft and expl;oited by tough running teams (Ravens) by signing free agent LB Karlos Dansby and now they are looking at adding hard-hitting safety Ryan Clark, formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Willis McGahee's jaw will surely miss Clark's shoulder!

How strong is the appeal of the big payday? Look what former New Orleans Saints and Super Bowl Champion LB Scott Fujita just went from and to by signing with the Cleveland Browns. Heck, I would have taken a lot less to stay in New Orleans that go to pro football purgatory in Cleveland!

Finally, a rumor off the field is that the legal issues that Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Rothlisberger is dealing with now has him hiring the same lawyer that represented Baltimore Ravens Ray Lewis in his murder trial a decade ago.

Check out even more rumors such as these and others at ProFootballTalk.com.