Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Day 1 Free Agency: What I think I know

Starting at 7:00am yesterday, free agency unofficially began. There was tons of speculation and some very interesting verbal commitments made. Here are the highlights of day 1 in NFL free agency.

Moves I Loved:
  • Paul Posluszny to Jacksonville: Buffalo Bills fans are used to losing, but this one will sting. By far the Bills best defensive player when healthy, Posluszny will be captaining and bringing some bite to what was a toothless defense last year. He will have to make the adjustment from a 3-4 to a 4-3, but he is smart enough and talented enough to do just that.
  • Takeo Spikes to San Diego: Spikes brings some toughness and leadership to what was a defense that lacked both when the times got tough. Reuniting Spikes with defensive coordinator Greg Manusky makes all the sense in the world in an effort to get off to a good start in San Diego, for once.
  • Quintin Mikell to St. Louis: Losing O.J. Atogwe to Washington before the lockout began definitely stung St. Louis, but Mikell is a more than serviceable replacement who can provide some grit, toughness, and leadership to a young and emerging defense in the NFC.
Moves I Hated
  • Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Leinart to Seattle: Letting go of Matt Hasselbeck was a bad enough mistake, but to replace him with what will be a revolving door consisting of Charlie Whitehurst, Tarvaris Jackson, and Matt Leinart just plain silly. Seattle was dating a 7 and dumped her for a 3, a 2, and 1. Doesn't make much sense at all.
  • Philadelphia cutting Stewart Bradley: The Eagles better hope that Bradley does not go to someone in the division, like the Giants, because then this move will burn them twice a year. Bradley is a talented linebacker whose absence was definitely felt last year. If Bradley can stay healthy, this move will strongly benefit whichever team he ends up signing with.
Day 2 of free agency is set to begin with more mind-boggling goodness. In the words of the wise Jets linebacker Bart Scott, "CAN'T WAIT!"

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