The NFL player movement chatter has quieted down after a frantic week of free agency.Here’s our three biggest winners and three biggest losers of the free agency frenzy.
WINNER: Philadelphia Eagles
Philly added three of Peter King’s top-four defensive free agents in CB Nnamdi Asomugha, DT Cullen Jenkins, and DE Jason Babin. These players will transform a defensive unit that got gashed by half-decent offenses throughout 2010.
They also traded backup QB Kevin Kolb for CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. DRC and Asomugha both play press coverage, which will allow Jenkins, Babin, and the Philly D-line to get to the opposing QB before he gets the ball out of his hands.
The Eagles can still be undone by an single injury to Michael Vick, but they went from playoff contender to NFC favourite in a matter of days last week.
LOSER: Seattle Seahawks
Seattle thinks Tavaris Jackson can be a starting quarterback, but he can’t. It doesn’t matter that they added WR Sidney Rice, because Jackson won’t be able to get him the ball. And it doesn’t matter that they added G Robert Gallery, because Jackson holds the ball for so long that pass protection hardly matters.
WINNER: New England Patriots
The Patriots have a habit of amassing mid-to-late-round draft picks for no discernible reason. But they put that strategy to use last week, taking a pair of flyers on DT Albert Haynesworth and WR Chad Ochocinco.
If either of these players can give them anything, it’s worth it. If they can do more, and return to the Pro-Bowl form they achieved a few years ago, it’s a home run.
LOSER: Carolina Panthers
It’s one thing to overpay guys, it’s another thing to overpay the guys who lead your team to a 2-14 record last year. And that’s what Carolina did.
Why splurge for RB DeAngelo Williams and DE Charles Johnson when they did so little to help you win in 2010? Especially when you have as many holes as Carolina does.
WINNER: New York Jets
Yes, they missed out on the Nnamdi Asomugha–Darrelle Revis dream secondary tandem, but the Jets did what they had to do to stay Super Bowl contenders.
They didn’t add that one superstar, but they secured pieces like WR Santonio Holmes and CB Antonio Cromartie, and took a flyer on WR Plaxico Burress. If QB Mark Sanchez can take the leap from “OK” to “good” this year, they have as good a shot as anyone in the AFC.
LOSER: Miami Dolpins
Miami failed to seal the deal on the trade for QB Kyle Orton that the whole world thought was inevitable. Now, they’re stuck with Chad Henne and Matt Moore at quarterback, who are backups at best.
In the NFL, you can’t skimp on quarterback play. You need a proven guy to compete, but Miami (and other teams, somehow) seem to think otherwise.
They also acquired RB Reggie Bush who, for all his explosiveness, has never shown he can be an effective running back over an entire season.
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