Friday, July 29, 2011

What I Think I Know: Day 3 NFL Free Agency 2011

Day 3 was, in a word, head-scratching. The Cincinnati Bengals are head-scratchingly hypocritical by trading one disgruntled star and "not rewarding" another disgruntled star with a trade. Owner Mike Brown really has some questions to answer from his fan base why he traded Chad Ochocinco and not Carson Palmer. Bengals fans should not expect any big signings in free agency any time soon. Enough ranting, here are the facts:

Moves I love:

New England Acquires Chad Ochocinco: Sure, Tom Brady almost threw for 4,000 yards last year and had one of the more dynamic offenses last year, but no one had more than 1,000 receiving yards (Welker had 848 to lead team). When push comes to shove against the better defenses in the league, offenses need a home run hitter on the outside or out of the backfield, and New England had neither last year. Ochocinco will have nothing to complain about now and will just play football and fill the hole Randy Moss left.

New Orleans Signs Darren Sproles: I don't know why St. Louis was not more involved with the diminutive running back, but New Orleans found its replacement for Reggie Bush at a discount. The Saints may have the biggest stable of running backs, in terms of quality.

Philadelphia Trades Kevin Kolb (finally): The Kevin Kolb trade finally happened and the quarterback is heading to Arizona. This trade was a win-win with Philadelphia acquiring Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second round pick and the Cardinals finally have a respectable quarterback to get wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald the ball.

Carolina Acquires Greg Olsen: Finally, Carolina made a move that makes sense. After grossly overpaying for defensive end Charles Johnson and running back DeAngelo Williams (still scratching my head on that one), the Panthers brought in a nice weapon for rookie quarterback Cam Newton for an undisclosed draft pick. Chicago defensive coordinator Mike Martz really does hate tight ends.

Moves I like:

Houston Signs Johnathan Joseph and Daniel Manning: I still contend that Houston needed Nnamdi Asomugha the most, but securing multiple quality players for the price of one is nothing to sneeze at. Joseph may not have the shut down abilities Asomugha does, but he does have better hands. Additionally, Manning at safety will provide some veteran leadership that is desperately needed for a Houston defense that is transitioning to a 3-4.

Moves I hate:

Bengals Trade Chad Ochocinco: I love this deal for the Patriots, but I hate it for the Bengals. Not only do they get terrible value back (a 5th and a 6th round pick), but they went against their own stupidly set principles regarding disgruntled players. The time to trade Ochocinco was two years ago when the rumored price was a 1st round pick plus a second round pick, but owner Mike Brown refused to trade players that are not happy. However, Brown is not adverse to cutting players that are happy with Cincinnati. This is an owner that just does not "get it."


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