NFL Free Agent Report Vol. 2
Our second look at the NFL’s second season. Click here for the first report.
The Vikings made a play on Berrian to fix their pathetic passing attack. They overpaid for him (six years, $42 million), but they thought he was the best WR in the market. Personally I would have went with Bryant Johnson, which would likely have been considerably less.
Briggs signed a six-year, $36 million deal to stay with the Bears. He has recorded 100+ tackles in each of the past four seasons. He wasn’t quite as effective last year, but you can say that about most of the Bears defensive players.
Clemons had 8 sacks last year for Oakland, and Philly hopes he can continue to pressure the quarterback in Philly’s blitz happy defense. He signed for five years and $18.5 million.
Colbert never panned out in Carolina, but Denver decided to give him a shot anyway. In four years he has 109 catches for 1424 yards and 5 TDs. Still, he was able to secure a three-year deal worth $7.2 million.
Coleman had at least 100 tackles his first three years before getting half of that amount last year. He signed a four-year, $10 million deal with Atlanta to try and bolster their secondary.
Crumpler took his good hands and attitude to Tennessee. He wasn’t happy in Atlanta this year, and it showed. He’ll get a chance to play with another electric QB in Vince Young. Let’s hope he makes better decisions than Vick.
Tampa signed Faine to a six-year, $37.5 million deal making him the highest paid Center in the league. Not a bad gig if you can get it.
Drayton signed a six-year, $36 million deal with Jacksonville to bolster their secondary. He has had over 60 tackles the past two seasons and 10 INTs in his last four. Seems to me he was overpaid.
Another New England cornerback to bolt. He returned home by signing a four-year, $17 million deal with the Saints. Gay has 85 career tackles and 5 INTs.
The Saints brought Devery back for one more year with a $2 million deal. He had 20 catches last year for 409 yards and 3 TDs. This move makes sense, but does little to excite me.
Von will also help to bolster Atlanta’s secondary. Last year he had 95 tackles and an INT for Houston. His deal was good for four years and $9 million.
The Giants turned to Sammy to replace departer Gibril Wilson at Safety. He signed to a three-year, $5 million deal. He has 42 career INTs (4 last year) and made 93 tackles last year.
Bobby signed a five-year deal with New Orleans worth $20 million. He had 3 sacks last year after recording 10 in 2006.
Mewelde adds another element to the Steelers’ backfield. Fast Willie is the burner. Najeh Davenport is the power back. Mewelde is an elusive third down back. He is shifty and has good hands. He is also valuable in the return game.
The Jets continued their offseason overhaul by signing Calvin Pace to a six-year, $42 million deal. He had 98 tackles and 6.5 sacks for Arizona last year.
Reeves doesn’t have to move far going from Dallas to Houston. He had 61 tackles last year and should help Houston’s secondary.
After signing a five-year, $25 million deal with Miami, I don’t think he’s ever lived up to his surname like he is now. He’ll strengthen Miami’s offensive line.
Turner signed a six-year deal worth $34.5 million. He’ll get a chance to be the man in Atlanta. Warrick Dunn was shown the door and Jerious Norwood will have to settle for third down duties.
Kansas City signed the LB away from Atlanta. He has 299 tackles over the past three seasons as well as 5 INTs. In 2005 he had 128 tackles, 3 sacks, and 2 picks. He’ll be 28 this year.
The Jets just keep on spending. They bolstered their offensive line by signing Woody to a five year deal worth $25.5 million. Eric Mangini knows all about Woody from their time together in New England.