The free agency period got under way on Tuesday and there has been no shortage of moves being made since then. I’m going to run down some of the more notable signings and give my quick reaction to each.
Ndamukong Suh to the Dolphins
This is a solid move by the Dolphins to pick up one of the best defensive pass rushers in the NFL. Alongside Cameron Wake, the Dolphins will try to finally put a stop to New England’s division dominance by consistently pressuring Brady and the Patriots. However, it comes at the cost of $114 million over six years, with $60 million guaranteed.
Darrelle Revis to the Jets
Good move by the Jets by not only bringing in the best cornerback in the NFL back to the place where he played for six seasons, but also stealing him away from the Patriots and upgrading their secondary. I can’t blame the Patriots for not paying him, as the cost is $70 million over five with $39 million guaranteed, but the Jets had the cap space to do so and went for it.
Lesean McCoy to the Bills in exchange for Kiko Alonso
This was no doubt a surprising move by the Eagles. McCoy is one of the best running backs in the league and is still only 26 years old, while Kiko Alonso has potential but has only played one full season. I think the Bills won this trade, since they have a solid #1 RB in place of unreliable, injury prone backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson.
Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks for Max Unger and first round pick
The Seahawks learned that a ridiculously good defense still isn’t quite enough to win championships consistently without at least a decent offense. Jimmy Graham will provide that threat on the offensive side for Russell Wilson, while Drew Brees loses his favorite target. I think Seattle won this trade, despite giving up their starting center and a first round pick.
Devin McCourty resigns with Patriots
After losing Darrelle Revis to New York and Brandon Browner to New Orleans, the Patriots did manage to lock up one of their star defensive backs with a five year $47.5 million deal. This is obviously an important move for the Patriots, since McCourty has been a defensive starter since his rookie year in 2010 and has been a cornerstone of the defense.
Demarco Murray to the Eagles
The Eagles have made many questionable moves this offseason, but this one not one of them. After trading away McCoy, Philadelphia quickly found its replacement with the leading rusher from last season.
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