Well, now that dust has settled, it’s time for a Day 2 recap of the NFL carousel known as free agency.
Let’s start with the Philadelphia Eagles, shall we…
Well, it started off with head coach Chip Kelly breaking down what the organization’s free agency moves up to this point. Everything from why he traded his best RB in LeSean McCoy, to all the release of some of his star players, to the Nick Foles/Sam Bradford trade. But of course, everyone really wanted to know if Kelly would take a chance at acquiring Oregon QB Marcus Mariota in this year’s draft. Obviously, everyone, including Kelly, believe the Mariota is possible the best QB in the draft, and placing a player like him in Kelly’s offense would spell trouble for the NFC East teams and pretty much the rest of the league. But, for now, Kelly has other plans in mind stating, “. I think Marcus is a the best QB in the draft, but we’ll never mortgage our future.” So, it looks like, for now, Bradford will probably be the starter come September for the team, but that Kelly did mention he was offered a 1st round pick for Bradford, so never say never.
Moving on, news broke that former Charger Ryan Mathews would agree to a $11.5 million deal with the Eagles, which indicated he would be the starter next season. But, the this broke…
Murray ended up signing a five-year deal, worth $42 million deal with $21 million guaranteed. For most people, would think, well Mathews needs to start packing his things because it’s apparent who the team wants as their franchise RB…and it ain’t you. But,Kelly decided to move ahead with the deal, however, which pairs Mathews with last year’s rushing champion, which raises the question as to “what the heck is he going to do?” He won’t keep both RB on the squad, would he or is there a bigger plan in the works?
Then, the dismemberment of the New England Patriot’s secondary was completed when CB Brandon Browner decided to head to “The Bayou”, signing with the Saints with a three-year deal ,worth $15 million, including $10 million guaranteed. The physical play of Browner upgrades the Saints secondary, which was ranked at the bottom of league last season. But, as if thing couldn’t get worst for the Pats with both Browner leaving for the Saints and Revis leaving for New York, the Jets made a move that would make New England’s run for their fifth Super Bowl one of the hardest it’s been in a while. The Jets signed Antonio Cromartie to a four-year deal, worth $32 million, reuniting him with the New York and Revis, recreating the “Batman and Robin” duo that scared offensive from 2010 to 2012.
Their were a few other big name signings (J.Forsett re-signed with BAL, B.Orakpo signed with TEN, A.Johnson signed with IND, J.Cameron signed with MIA), but after the Murray signing, it was a pretty quiet day (compared to Day 1). Now tat most of the big name guys are off the board, the following days should be pretty normal for NF/l fans.
Um….What the heck just happened?
The NFL world was moving along all fine and dandy , then 4 o’clock comes around and…BOOM, the entire league blows up.
As of 4 p.m. Eastern Standard time Tuesday afternoon, the “new year” of the National Football League began, and boy did it kick off with a bang. As soon as the gates opened, we hear Saints TE Jimmy Graham, yes the same Jimmy Graham who has been one of the biggest pieces of the Saints offense, is traded away to the Seattle Seahawks (BOOM!) Then,maybe two minutes later, Ravens DT Haloti Ngata is traded away to the Lions (I’m a little salty about it), but the even bigger trade was Eagles QB Nick Foles for Rams QB Sam Bradford.
Now things get interesting….
Obviously, Foles wasn’t the long-term solution for the Eagles (or maybe wasn’t the long-term solution for Chip Kelly), but I don’t think Bradford is the answer either. It’s apparent Philly is trying to make some major moves, possible a big push for a certain QB from the Oregon?
You had former 1st round picks retire, some believe way too early. Jake Locker, age 26, never really got anything going in Tennessee, and figured he would call it a career with his head held high. Patrick Willis, age 30, has been banged up for a few season, but when he was healthy, had a decent career with the San Francisco 49ers, and at one point was consider the best inside linebacker in the game for a few year (this was while Ray Lewis was still in his prime btw). One is no doubt going into the Hall of Fame someday, while the other will be just be remembered as a bust (just like all the other QBs of that 2011 NFL Draft).
Then there’s Revis…
As the first day of free agencies came to a close, the New York Jets signed Darrelle Revis with a five-year deal, worth $70 million. The signing reunites the All-Pro corner with the ball club which he was with from 2007 to 2012.
Now that Day 1 is over, what does the aftermath look like?Who are the winners?
There’s plenty of top name guys out there for teams to shop around for, but the clear winner of the day, to me, our the Seattle Seahawks. This team is making it clear that they are trying to win NOW! Remember, they were a yard short from being back-to-back champs, but if they had to rewind that pass play and plug-in Jimmy Graham into that play, we might be talking about how Tom Brady lost three straight Super Bowls.
I also think the teams of the AFC East (besides the Pats) are winning this offseason at this point. With both Revis and Brandon Browner leaving the team, that Patriot secondary looks bare again. The Dolphins and Jets both get an upgrade with Suh ad Revis, respectfully. But, those Buffalo Bills pose the biggest threat to the division crown at this point. Give this team a decent QB and we’re look at an AFC team having to go up to Buffalo come January.
Oh, the story-lines are getting exciting and folks it’s only Day 1!!!!