Winners and Losers of NFL Free Agent Frenzy

Usually NFL Free Agency is a period of time that occurs in late March to early April but this year was an unusual offseason that included a lockout that kept football fans everywhere on the edges of the seats wondering if there would be a season in 2011. Fortunately the conflict dubbed “Millionaires vs Billionaires” came to end. The end of the lockout meant an immediate overflow of transactions by all 32 teams in the National Football League. After just one week after the CBA agreement had been made  around 1600 transactions were made around the NFL. Today we’re gonna look at the best and worst signings , cuts and trades around the league in the 1st week of Post Lockout football.
Because everyone loves a winner we’ll start with the teams and owners who put one in the W column before the preseason has even begun.

 WINNERS 

  1. Philladelphia Eagles– The Eagles are the clear number 1 winners of the NFL FA Frenzy because of one bigtime player. Nnamdi Asomugha (Picture below) the guy that the average football fan has never heard of because QB ‘s just don’t throw his way. He was the top target of teams like the Jets, Ravens and Texans (Who answered their need but would’ve liked to get the big guy) but chose the Eagles who gave him the contract he deserved and a solid defense that already included CB Asante Samuel and acquired pro bowl corner Dominque Rodgers- Cromartie from the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for back up QB Kevin Kolb. Which brings to my next point…. Back up QB. The Eagles also picked up Vince Young from Tennessee who has been having problems with the QB for nearly 2 years. So look for another troubled QB like (Mike Vick) to get an intervention and work in a system that needs a running QB that can make plays on both the ground and through the air.The Eagles also picked up two big boys up front (DT Cullen Jenkins and DE Jason Babin) who should both have major impacts in the trenches.

Nnamdi Asomugha

 2. New England Patriots The Pats are always winners but they really stepped up to the plate this past week with two of the most surprising moves of the last few years. What the boys from New England were able to do was get great talent with HUGE egos for nearly nothing. They started with the acquisition of Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth who had a miserable time in DC to say the least. The Pats sent a 5th round pick to the skins for the hefty DT who has a problems his size if not bigger. The 2nd move made by the Patriots was one that they had made nearly 3 years ago (acquiring Randy Moss ) only with a new team and a new receiver. Chad Ochocinco who had been begging top get out of Cincinnati for what seems like 3 years now and has landed himself in probably the best situation possible for any aging receiver with some talent… A trip to work with QB Tom Brady and a great system under coach Bill Belichick. So we’ll see what the Pats can do with these troubled minded players who posses major talent.

Ochocinco and Brady

3.  New York Jets– The Jets over the last 3 years have been the biggest trun around team in the NFL. With a young solid QB (Mark Sanchez) , a strong smashmouth defense and the coach that every player in the league wants as their coach (Rex Ryan) Gang Green is just entertaining to watch and even better to root for. Even as a Giants fan you gotta love the passion of the Jets on the field and in the stands. This offseason they had some key recievers on the market and signed the biggest one (Santanio Holmes). Even though they came up short on the Nnamdi sweepstakes the Jets still made a splash by signing WR Plaxico Burress who will be a HUGE target for “The Sanchise” all over his field but especially in the red zone. The Jets were a team that didn’t need to go out and make a splash because they have all the pieces right in front of them. But still managed to make their presence felt on the market.

Plaxico Burress

 LOSERS

1. Seattle Seahawks– They lose their franchise QB Matt Hasselback to the Tennessee Titans and brought in QB Tavaris Jackson to take the reigns of the franchise and compete for the job. But the seahawks who still have RB Marshawn Lynch who is fresh off is amazing run the produced earthquake like energy from the 12th Man in seattle but for another year the Seahawks will be in another rebuilding year and may be win the weakest division in football (NFC West).

2. Dallas Cowboys– Get no one big for another year and are just getting older year by year. They also traded away WR Roy Williams and dropped veterans like RB Marion Barber and OT Marc Colombo who were both leaders in the locker room and on the field. America’s most hated team will have to work hard for a spot this year but I don’t see any success for them in Big D.

3. New York Giants– The Giants once again have done NOTHING! They have released their left side of the offensive line (including Rich Seubert who is Coach Tom Coughlin’s son-in-law) and center Shaun O’Hara. They also have yet to sign RB Ahmad Bradshaw who if not signed will be missed greatly in the backfield for big blue. But by far the biggest failure for the Gints was their loss in the pursuit of WR Plaxico Burress who is wearing the wrong color jersey in East Rutherford. Plus they may get stuck with an angry and selfish DE in Osi Umenyiora

Upset Osi

McNabb to Skins

Donovan McNabb

Writing this title surprises me as much as it probably does you… Donvan McNabb one of the top QB’s in the NFL over the last 10 years has been traded from a team where lets face it he was the face of the Philidelphia Eagles to the dreadful and hated NFC East divisional rival Washington Redskins. The Skins coughed up their very attractive 2nd round (37th overall) draft choice and either a conditional 3rd or 4th round draft pick 2 years from now . At first I had no clue of what to make of this blockbuster deal… but then after a closer look two major ideas busted into my mind. 1. The Eagles will either draft a franchise QB such as Colt McCoy or dare I say Tim Tebow or will stick with Mike Vick or Kevin Kolb. 2nd Jimmy Clausen, Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy’s interviews with the Skins must have been terrible!! Also this basically locks up the Redskins decision with the 4th overall pick to going BIG if you know what I mean!! OT’s Russell Okung of Oklahoma State and Anthony Davis of Rutgers both seem to be perfect fits for a franchise that once took so much pride in their O-Line or “The Hogs” as their monster fan base refers to them as.But Daniel Schneider is known to shake things up a bit so as crazy as it sounds there still may be something in his mind that could result in the drafting of Bradford or Clausen.  Anyway we will see what they do on April 22nd on ESPN. Now back to the meat of this deal…. Donovan McNabb! Over his long career McNabb has posted great numbers like a 59.0% Completion Percentage and has thrown for over 32,000 yards in his 11 years as an Eagle. Also even with his prestigious big name McNabb might have to win a position battle with the man he was brought in to mentor Jason Campbell who has been very streaky to say the least.  Now for McNabb it has not been that great of an experience to be in Philly where he was booed after being announced in the 1998 draft as the 2nd overall pick and he has always been just flat-out unappreciated. But now he has one of the greatest coaches in the history of the National Football League in Mike Shannhan who won 2 Super Bowls with John Elway late in his career and Elway had lesser numbers than McNabb. Overall I love this move on both ends. The skins because they now have a QB and still have their top 5 draft pick this season. From the Eagles point of view they recieved a very high 2nd round pick which is great with any team but especially with a team that drafts as good as the Eagles who in the last few years have found great success in rounds later than the 1st like last year when they selected no feature back than back up LeSean McCoy in the 3rd round. With that I say so long from my PC to yours !!