NFL Free Agency Rundown

With NFL free agency finally beginning to wind down, it seems like a good time to rundown all that has transpired over the past few weeks since March 5th. It’s been a hectic month for GM’s across the league and even they are having a hard time keeping track of all the transactions. Looking at each team, Flyttebyrå Oslo we can see what exactly they have done this off-season and how it should affect them in the 2010 season.

Arizona Cardinals

The signing of Derrick Anderson should open up a QB competition with Matt Leinart at training camp. Not exactly a battle of the titans however both have shown the ability to win games at the NFL level. The re-signing of G Jeremy Bridges and signing of G Rex Hadnot should help protect which ever QB will be at the helm. Trading for Kerry Rhodes will provide some much needed help to the Cards pass defence. The combination of Rhodes and Wilson lurking in the middle will be very intimidating to opposing QB’s.

Atlanta Falcons

ATL remain relatively quiet to this point. The only significant signings have been at the cornerback position with the addition of Dunta Robinson and Brett Grimes. This will improve their pass defence significantly and if the Falcons can stay healthy in 2010 they will have all the pieces in place to make a run at the playoffs.

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens have also been very quiet this offseason. They made one major move with the addition of Anquan Boldin but he has been the sole new face to join this Baltimore squad. I question them not going out and getting a legitimate backup to Flacco as I don’t know if he has the ability to get the job down. Only time will tell and we will see if they make any more moves before the draft.

Buffalo Bills

DT Dwan Edwards has been the big acquisition for the Bills. Playing alongside of Marcus Stroud should make a for an excellent pass rush on the left side. They also signed linebacker Andra Davis who will compliment Posluszny very well in the middle.

Carolina Panthers

The Panthers have done nothing. Adding depth at the CB position with Marcus Hudson has been the sole move made by the organization. The QB position is a major question mark with Matt Moore slated as the starter. Perhaps they are hoping to get a QB through the draft. But without a first round pick, it will be hard to trade up to get a guy that’s ready for the NFL.

Chicago Bears

The Bears have been one of the most active teams this off-season. In the first week of free agency, they went out and got RB Chester Taylor, DE Julius Peppers and TE Manumaleuna. Chester Taylor is a great option to help Forte get back on track and I see a 50/50 split between the two. Peppers will provide a much needed boost to the pass rush and he is going to improve this defence significantly. After signing CB Tim Jennings on March 17th, the Bears cut Nate Vasher. Jennings is a more consistent option but I’m not sure the Bears have enough depth at the CB position to be cutting a guy with Vasher’s talent. The Bears have to tools to make a run at a championship this season as long as Cutler gets back on track.

Cincinnati Bengals

The only moves made by the Bengals thus far has been to add depth at the wide out position. Adding Antonio Bryant and Chris Davis should open things up for Ocho Cinco however I question Palmers ability to keep up. He’s aging and I think his career is all but finished.

Cleveland Browns

The Browns swapped out their two existing QB’s for a couple new ones. After trading Brady Quinn to Denver for RB Peyton Hillis, they also cut Derrick Anderson. They later went out and signed Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme. Neither of these guys are realistic options at the QB position but the Browns are in a rebuilding mode and Delhomme should get the starting job here. Trading up for Bradford or Clausson is definitely an option. Hillis is a great utility back and will work well with Jerome Harrisson. The club also went out and signed TE Benjamin Watson to give the QB an excellent security blanket and 3rd down option. Finally, the addition of Scott Fujita will provide some much needed leadership on and off the field. I love this signing because he is exactly the type of guy the Browns need to restore order within the organization.

Dallas Cowboys

No moves have been made.

Denver Broncos

The addition of Brady Quinn will mean the declaration of a QB competition in training camp with Kyle Orton. It’s going to be interesting to see how Quinn performs in a new system, but I think he suits the Bronco’s offence well and has a legit chance at the starter job. They have also improved their run defence by leaps and bounds with the additions of DT Jamal Williams and DE Jarvis Green.

Detroit Lions

Much like the Bears, Detroit opened up free agency with a bang. They signed DT Cory Williams, WR Nate Burleson and DE Kyle VandenBoche all on the first day. This revamps the D-Line of the lions which was certainly due for a makeover. Burleson will open things up for Calvin Johnson which is going to be critical for the Lions to have success through the air. With Stafford’s shoulder a question mark, the trade for QB Shawn Hill provides a proven back up in case of injury. Finally, the trade for Chris Houston provides some depth at the CB position. This guy is one of the most underrated CBs in the league and has huge upside. The 2010 Lions are a new team and should really be taken seriously.

 

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