Thursday, July 28, 2011

What I Think I Know: Day 2 NFL Free Agency 2011

Day 2 of the 2011 NFL free agency frenzy saw trades and signings that were, mostly, really good. Even Seattle atoned for its terrible day 1.

Moves I loved:
  • Seattle Signs Rice: the Seahawks may have lost their perennial quarterback in Matt Hasselbeck, but no matter if its Tarvaris Jackson or Charlie Whitehurst throwing the football, Sidney Rice will catch the ball. The six-foot-four receiver is a burner who also averages close to 17 yards per catch. Great signing.
  • Philadelphia Signs Babin: One of the most underrated pass rushers last year in Tennessee, Jason Babin will get his money and his recognition in the pressure-based Philadelphia defense. Perfect fit at the right price.
  • Jets Keep Holmes: Possibly the most important re-signing yesterday, but the Jets had to sign Holmes, even if it comes at the expense of acquiring Nnamdi Asomugha.
  • San Diego Keeps Weddle: San Diego had the #1 overall defense last year and Eric Weddle was a big reason why. Now the Chargers can run out Bob Sanders (if healthy) and Weddle as one of the best safety tandems in what has become a passing league.
  • Kansas City Signs Breaston: Not that the Chiefs needed a more explosive offense, but it just did. Breaston, who played well in Todd Haley's system in Arizona, will once again function as a productive slot receiver. Opposing defenses will have a hard time keeping the Chiefs off the board.

Moves I Liked:
  • Miami Trades for Bush: The reason why the Dolphins trading for Reggie Bush is in the 'like' category is because I don't believe that you needed to trade for Bush. It was widely reported that Bush was going to get cut, and the Dolphins got inpatient and rushed into giving up a draft pick and a contract for someone who was going to be a free agent.
  • New England Trades for Haynesworth: Another player with a troubled past joins the Patriots. How many times can this formula work in New England? Albert Haynesworth is going to be an expensive role player, but a good one nonetheless. Haynesworth does well as a pass rusher, and New England needs pass rushers, but there is the potential, however, that this move is a complete dud.

Moves I Hated
  • Carolina Keeps Williams: The Panthers re-signed its oft-injured running back DeAngelo Williams, guaranteeing him $21 million! Why?! He has averaged less than 1,000 yards per season for a team that is going nowhere in the next few years. The move makes no sense and that money could have been spent in one of the many areas the Panthers have holes. Why they chose to spend it in a position that would have already seen a time share between the promising talents of Jonathan Stewart and Mike Goodson is beyond me. Maybe the Panthers like logjams...
  • San Francisco Cuts Clements: The 49ers had a terrible pass defense last year and they just decided to cut their best cornerback. Unless they land Nnamdi Asomugha, this was a huge mistake.
  • Cincinnati Letting Palmer Retire: The Bengals are resting on principles that only hurt its fans. Instead of getting draft picks and/or players for quarterback Carson Palmer, they are going to get nothing, and put a sub par team on the field. Cincinnati is the only team in the AFC North not trending upwards and could find themselves in the battle for Andrew Luck, when they already drafted Andy Dalton. Additionally, what free agent is going to want to sign a contract to play for owner Mike Brown now?
What a busy day 2. Day 3 should bring us trades for Kevin Kolb and Kyle Orton. Stay tuned.

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