David DiPasqua, Jr., Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
The 2014 NFL season kicked off today, as franchises made signature statements through free agent signings, cuts, or releases. Find out if you agree or disagree with your teams moves or lack thereof.
Highlighted the most prominent moves in FA, but the list below are NOT all the deals that transpired.
The Philadelphia Eagles have struggled to find anyone who can simply cover or tackle in the secondary, since the departure of Brian Dawkins.
Malcom Jenkins instantly improves Philadelphia’s secondary
Provides experience, leadership, and a new attitude to a secondary that desperately needs it.
They release of Julius Peppers allowed the Bears to bring in Houston.
Replacing Peppers will be difficult, but Houston has a high motor that will get to the quarterback.
The Denver Broncos got a SLAM DUNK in free agency, by picking up Ward and Talib.
Secondary breakdowns plagued the Broncos, but the acquisition of these two players will clean that up.
No doubt that if DeMarcus Ware ends up being the compliment to Von Miller, nothing is stopping them from another Super Bowl appearance.
- Patriots CB Aqib Talib to Denver for 6-year, $57 million deal
- T.J. Ward agrees to terms
The Browns upgraded their defense with productive veterans Dansby and Whitner.
Dansby was a tackling machine last season, while Whitner made his presence felt with hard hits in the secondary.
- Cardinals LB Karlos Dansby reached a 4-year, $24 million deal
- 49ers S Donte Whitner reached a 4-year, $28 million deal
Robert Griffin receives a reliable option on the outside in Roberts to compliment Pierre Garçon.
The Gruden era in Washington will take some time, but Roberts provides stability.
- Cardinals WR Andre Roberts reached on a 4-yr, $16 million deal
Can you say CHA-CHING! The Saints are officially all in this season.
Byrd was considered the best secondary option on the market, as they let Jenkins go to Philadelphia.
This deal must leave TE Jimmy Graham with a bad taste in his mouth, since he was unable to reach a long-term deal with the team.
- Bills S Jairus Byrd a 6-year, $54 million deal
Byrd cashes in as the Saints aim for Super Bowl
Essentially replaces Ryan Clark on the back end of the Steel Curtain.
Very talented safety, which can contribute right away.
- Panthers S Mike Mitchell a 5-year, $25 million deal.
Huge blow for the New York Giants as Joseph closed running lanes and generated a pass rush.
Joseph is very young at the age of 25, durable, and full of potential. Vikings received a talented player.
- Giants DT Linval Joseph a 5-year, $31.5 million deal
Reunited with coach Harbaugh from his Stanford days.
Great talent that provides the 49ers with another great lineup in the trenches.
- Dolphins OT Jonathan Martin traded to the 49ers
Players to Watch
LB DeMarcus Ware: The Cowboys were atrocious on defense last year. Releasing Ware doesn’t help.
After being released by the Dallas Cowboys, there are several suitors for the future HOF player. Denver has jumped out as the front runner, which is bad news for every other team in the NFL.
Ware instantly improves any defense
DE Jared Allen: Potential landing spots are Chicago Bears or Seattle Seahawks. All depends on whether Allen wants winning or a paycheck.
DE Julius Peppers: See the Bucs make a run at Peppers, reuniting him with coach Lovie Smith.
DL Jason Hatcher: Seattle Seahawks is where Hatcher is visiting. Hatcher would be another standout on that front 4 rotation.
RB Darren Sproles: New England needs a RB that can help Tom Brady. Sproles would be perfect in passing game with dump downs/ screens.