The brand new NFL year has officially begun as of Tuesday, March 12, 2013, and there has already been a lot that has happened. Free agents couldn't officially be signed until Tuesday, but there were a lot of other things going on, and that includes a star wide receiver being traded from the Super Bowl winner to the Super Bowl loser.
The 2013 league year doesn't officially begin until 4:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, and that is when free agents can sign. Here is a recap of some major things that have gone on in the NFL so far.
~ Baltimore Ravens trade WR Anquan Boldin to San Francisco 49ers: Boldin told the Ravens that he wasn't going to take a pay cut this offseason, but that is what they wanted him to do. He even said he would retire before losing money, but now he won't have to do anything for the Ravens as they traded him to the 49ers.
Boldin was traded to the 49ers on Monday, March 11, 2013, for a sixth-round draft choice. Boldin said, "It was shocking at first ... but I mean it, for me it is also a good thing."
~ Minnesota Vikings trade Percy Harvin to Seattle Seahawks: The rumors have persisted for months even though the Vikings denied it would happen. Announced on Monday, the trade was revealed as Harvin going to the Seahawks and Seattle's first-round pick is expected to head to Minnesota.
~ Washington Redskins cut veteran CB DeAngelo Hall: On Monday, Hall was officially, and finally, released by the Redskins. It is said to be a casualty of the NFL-imposed salary cap penalty, but it has been coming for a long time. Hall was due $7.5 million in 2013.
~ Arizona Cardinals cut RB Beanie Wells: Four seasons full of injuries for Wells in Arizona were enough. The 2009 first-round pick was released on Monday by the Cardinals, a team that hopes to land Reggie Bush in free agency.
~ New York Jets sign QB David Garrard: Tim Tebow's exit from the Jets hasn't happened yet, but the team already has another quarterback on the roster that will compete for the starting spot with Mark Sanchez. Veteran David Garrard hasn't played in two years, but finalized a deal with New York on Monday.