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NFL Free Agency Begins with a Bang

Posted by mvetack on March 5, 2010

At midnight last night or this morning if you prefer, the NFL free agency season opened.  It did not take long for teams and players to get busy, both in signing free agents and in trades.  So far here is what has gone down, and may happen in the near future.

Chicago Bears – Signed former Tar heel basketball player Julius Peppers to a 6 year deal.  Signed Vikings backup running back with starting running back ability Chester Taylor to a 4 year deal.  Signed a great blocking TE from San Diego Brandon Manumaleuna to a 5 year deal.

Huge signings for the Bears especially since they do not have a pick in the first two rounds of the upcoming draft.  These basically were their picks this year.  Greg Olsen has been rumored to be unhappy in Chicago so signing a TE is smart, although Manumaleuna’s career high for receptions in a single season is 29 and totaled 30 receptions over the final three seasons in San Diego.

Running back Chester Taylor is a very undervalued running back and should challenge Matt Forte for the most carries on the team.  Still it will not matter who is lining up behind Cutler at running back if the Bears can not improve their run blocking which hopefully Manumaleuna can do.

Julius Peppers is a defensive freak of a player with his combination of strengh, size, and speed.  Football minds across the league all agree a transition to linebacker would be a breeze for Peppers.  No word if the Bears plan on making the change but either on the line or next to Urlacher, Peppers will make a definite impact for the Bears in 2010.

Detroit Lions – Signed all-potential wide receiver Nate Burleson to a 4 year deal.  Sign former Titan’s captain Kyle Vanden Bosch to a 4 year deal.  Trade 5th round pick to the Bengals for Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Corey Williams and a 7th round selection.

Burleson is more the type of receiver the Lions should go after now that they have stud Calvin Johnson on the roster.  In the past the Lions would have used their number two pick in this years draft on a wide receiver and not improved in the win column at all in the following season. (See Mike Williams, Charles Rogers, Roy Williams…) Now the Lions get a decent WR and still have a top 2 pick to work with.  Still I will not be surprised if the Lions choose Dez Bryant come draft day.

The Lions were also thinking defensively when they signed the Titan’s Kyle Vanden Bosch to anchor their defense and get some leadership on the defensive side.  A much needed signing for the young Lions.

Defensive tackle Corey Williams was not comfortable in Mangini’s 3-4 defense and is happy to be an inside guy on a 4 man D line in Detroit.

New York Jets – Traded a 2011 3rd round pick that could be a 2nd round pick based on production from the man they get in the deal Antonio Cromartie from the Chargers.

Antonio Cromartie is a very talented and exciting Corner back that gives the Jets the best Corner tandem as of now in the NFL with Darrelle Revis on the other side for Gang Green.  Although he might end up giving his entire paycheck to the many mothers to his many children, Cromartie makes the best defense in football a lot better.

Baltimore Ravens – Trade this years 3rd and 4th round picks to the Cardinals for unhappy Anquan Boldin and the Cardinals fifth round pick.

Anquan Boldin is going to get his chance to prove that he too, like Larry Fitzgerald, is an elite Wide Receiver.  Was he a Pro Bowler because teams only worried about the Cardinals other elite  wide out in Fitz? (doubtful)  Well Boldin will certainly gain respect if he can put up similar numbers in Baltimore with 3rd year quarterback Joe Flacco in Baltimore.

Carolina Panthers – Cut veteran Quarterback Jake Delhoume.

Gotta feel bad for the guy.  Delhoume showed that he definitely has passion for the game of football when he let the tears flow during is getting cut press conference? Jake will still make 13 million from Carolina this year but you can tell he really fears that his playing days could be numbered, as a starting quarterback at least.

The assumed starter for the Panthers this coming season will now be Matt Moore.  Here is what I said about him a month ago on February 3rd in my NFL Quarterback Depth Chart ranking him the 25th best QB in the NFL…

Matt Moore came onto the Panthers scene with a bang last season throwing for 8 TDs and just 2 INTs in 5 games of work.  The Panthers also won 4 of these 5 games.  Moore looked great in his short season and would surely be higher on this list if he had a larger body of work.  If he can spread those five games of success over an entire season, he will be way up on this list this time next year.

Seattle Seahawks – Meeting with all amazing wide receiver from Denver Brandon Marshall tomorrow.

Brandon Marshall is an amazingly talented Wide Receiver that just does not seem to be perfectly in tune with the Broncos.  Denver would love to keep him at the right price and we may find out what that price is tomorrow.  If anyone does offer Marshall a contract, Denver has the ability to match it.  If Denver does not match that contract then they get Marshall’s new team’s first round pick this season.  If Seattle does sign Marshall, Denver will have the number 6 pick in the coming draft.  Also, Denver has the Bears first rounder which is either the 10th or 11th; determined by a coin flip with the Jaguars.

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One Response to “NFL Free Agency Begins with a Bang”

  1. gjmcrae said

    Very insightful i look forward to seeing more of your work.

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