NFL Free Agent Flurry 2012: Fantasy Perspective Day 1

Mar 13, 2012


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There were some serious waves made today as the NFL reminded the sports universe that it reigns supreme.
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Things got kicked off with a trade. Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler are singing “reunited and it feels so good” as the Bears landed perhaps their first legitimate number one receiver in the Super Bowl era. The odds were long that he would have been catching passes from Peyton Manning, so this is an obvious upgrade over whoever ends up slinging passes in South Beach. Meanwhile, Cutler gets his first legitimate receiving threat since, well, Brandon Marshall. The two hooked up for a pair of 100 catch seasons. Both Marshall and Cutler can be knuckleheads, but there is a potent QB-WR tandem in the Windy City. Not to mention the price tag of two future third round picks isn’t hard to swallow. The Bears also wisely added Jason Campbell to hold the clipboard and go in if Cutler goes down again.
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The same can’t be said for the contract that the Redskins handed Pierre Garcon. They already made a big splash trading up to get RG3, and now they gave him a number two receiver. Unfortunately for them, they paid him like a number one at five years for $42.5 million. The Skins also added Josh Morgan in a smaller deals, but he doesn’t hold much fantasy appeal.
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The Bucs did add a number one in Vincent Jackson, but to the tune of five years for $55.6 million. While he upgrades Tampa’s receiving corps, his fantasy value takes a hit as he’s no longer catching passes from Philip Rivers. Plus, he’s been talking about a big payday for years. I just hope he continues to put the work in to earn it.
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Jumping to the defensive side of the ball, the Rams stayed aggressive by inking cornerback Cortland Finnegan to a monster five-year, $50 million dollar deal. Jeff Fisher knows first hand what he’s getting so this is a smaller leap of faith that one might think.
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A couple of familiar faces at receiver are staying put. Drew Brees isn’t happy, but at least he still has Marques Colston to throw to. He signed on for five more years at $40 million. Peyton Manning and just about everybody else is gone in the ghost town that is Indianapolis, but Reggie Wayne (three years, $17.5 million) will give Andrew Luck a security blanket.
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It’s old news by now, but Randy Moss signed a one-year deal with San Francisco.
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