Sunday, July 31, 2011

What I Think I know: Day 5 NFL Free Agency 2011

This may be the best free agency for a single team in NFL history. Not one, not two, not three, not four, but five significant free agent signings by one team: the Philadelphia Eagles. They have picked up four defensive starters and a solid backup quarterback to replace the departed Kevin Kolb. If they can get WRs DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin on track they should be the odds-on favorite for the Super Bowl.

Moves I loved:

Philadelphia Signs DE Cullen Jenkins: The rich just keep getting richer this free agency year. That makes four new starters for the Eagles defense and two of them (Babin and Jenkins) can really get after the quarterback and the other two (Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie) can make opposing quarterbacks pay for any mistakes made in the passing game due to increased pressure on the quarterback.

Cincinnati Signs CB Nate Clements: Losing Johnathan Joseph was tough, but the Bengals bounced back nicely with Clements, plus he can also return kicks. I don't know why anyone would want to play for owner Mike Brown, but Nate Clements has been a good soldier before playing for the disappointing 49ers and the miserable Buffalo Bills.

Peyton Manning Takes Less Money: Very rarely do you ever hear of an athlete demanding less money. The Colts have publicly stated, after Patriots QB Tom Brady received a record $18 million per year, that when the time came to negotiate QB Peyton Manning's contract that Manning will become the highest paid player in NFL history. However, no one ran that by Manning. When presented with a rumored $20 million per year contract, Manning insisted that they lower it to $18 million per year so that the Colts can have more salary cap flexibility. This is a win-win for fans because not only is it a "sacrifice," but we may see one extra commercial or Saturday Night Live appearance from the comical QB.

Moves I liked:

CB Richard Marshall Signs with Arizona: Despite giving up CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the Kevin Kolb Trade, the Cardinals may have signed a better CB in Marshall for less money. Nice fit, nice deal.

Kansas City Signs DT Gregg: Kelly Gregg was not a sexy name in free agency, nor is he a sexy man in real life. This dirty-work nose tackle will give the Chiefs more run stopping ability and will free up LB Derrick Johnson to make more plays.

Moves I hated:

None. And that is saying something.

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