Saturday, July 30, 2011

What I Think I know: Day 4 NFL Free Agency 2011

Everything was going as planned for the Philadelphia Eagles when they traded QB Kevin Kolb for CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2nd round pick, but even the most diehard of fans that bleed green for the Eagles have to be tickled pink when word broke that the Eagles also signed CB Nnamdi Asomugha. What did the five fingers say to the Jets....SLAP!

Moves I loved:

Nnamdi Asomugha to the Eagles: Just as everything was going as planned for the Eagles when they received a pro-bowl caliber corner for QB Kevin Kolb, the Eagles now have the most daunting CB tandem in Asomugha, Asante Samuel, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Try throwing on that. Especially with newly signed DE Jason Babin rushing the QB...yikes.

Mike Sims-Walker to the Rams: The Rams definitely needed to add a receiver and Sims-Walker should fit right into the system run by talented second-year QB Sam Bradford. With fellow WRs Donnie Avery and the yet-to-be-signed Mark Clayton presenting major injury problems, St. Louis needed to act and added a nice piece for Bradford. Say what you will about Josh McDaniel as the head coach in Denver, but he got results out of his offenses in both Denver and New England with unrealized potential at WR. Look at Randy Moss and Brandon Lloyd's before and after numbers with McDaniels. Sims-Walker may be next.

Jared Gaither to the Raiders: Coach Hue Jackson may have actually communicated with the "eclectic" Al Davis and talked some sense into him. The offensive line was Oakland's biggest weak spot last year and the drafting of Stefan Wisniewski and now the signing of Gaither, Oakland may have actually gotten better. Additionally, they let speedster Johnny Lee Higgins go to Philadelphia and not overpay him twice.

Ray Edwards to Atlanta: John Abraham finally has a pass rushing partner. Atlanta could not rush the quarterback last year and was forced to constantly blitz, leaving its secondary exposed against the likes of Green Bay. Plus, Edwards has a mean right hook.

Moves I Liked:

Brandon Mebane to the Seahawks: Seattle simply ran out of defensive lineman last year in the playoffs and got trampled by the Bears. Brandon Mebane was one of the Seahawks better performers last season and his return should be a big boost for what would have otherwise been a shoddy defensive line.

Stewart Bradley to the Cardinals: Arizona now has a guy from Philadelphia who is talented but could not find the field due to injuries on both the offensive side of the ball with QB Kevin Kolb and now on the defensive side with LB Bradley. Hopefully they will both stay healthy in the warmer climate.

Harvey Dahl to the Rams: The Rams had a quietly solid day by signing both Sims-Walker and Dahl. Dahl is an excellent offensive lineman with a mean streak. He ranks fourth on most personal foul calls against, but he makes up for them with consistent quality in both his pass and run blocking.

Dawan Landry to Jacksonville: Jacksonville is focusing on tackling this offseason with the additions of Landry and LB Paul Posluszny and who can blame them? Chris Johnson would still be running if the end zone didn't force him to stop.

Moves I Hated:

Carolina's Fully Guaranteed contract to Cam Newton: Nothing screams motivation like a fully guaranteed contract. Newton has found yet another shortcut and, this time, its to attaining his entire contract.

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