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Old 03-06-2009, 04:05 PM    (permalink
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Hmm...The Redskins overpaid three players. I can't really complain because it always happens.
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Raiders - This season is 10x better than last year. We kept our two best proven talents in Nnamdi and Lechler, as well as resigned a CB who is perfect for our scheme (Chris Johnson). We cut Harris and made Javon restructure his contract. By doing almost nothing in FA but rewarding current players we have done well.
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Dude it's been so awesome. The only way I'd say we could improve this 8-8 squad would be to cut LT. That'd be fun because he could join Rodney Harrison, Drew Brees, Michael Turner and Wes Welker in the "recent players the Bolts were just too good to get any compensation at all for" club.
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Dude it's been so awesome. The only way I'd say we could improve this 8-8 squad would be to cut LT. That'd be fun because he could join Rodney Harrison, Drew Brees, Michael Turner and Wes Welker in the "recent players the Bolts were just too good to get any compensation at all for" club.
Lolz...and you can add to that list Olshansky now.
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Lolz...and you can add to that list Olshansky now.
Ehhh it was time for Igor to go, he has a role to play on a D but ultimately not too unhappy about his departure.
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Ehhh it was time for Igor to go, he has a role to play on a D but ultimately not too unhappy about his departure.
Really good 3-4 ends can be tough to find and he seemed like one of the better ones.
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Someone should tell Ted Thompson that free agency started.
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I like what Thompson does in free agency. You rarely see bad contracts given out by Green Bay. Plus, we have guys of our own to bring back.
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Really good 3-4 ends can be tough to find and he seemed like one of the better ones.
He was kind of headed in that direction but just stopped improving. Luis Castillo had a down year but I wouldn't swap him for Igor under any scenario.
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Someone should tell Ted Thompson that free agency started.
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I like what Thompson does in free agency. You rarely see any contracts given out by Green Bay. Plus, we have guys of our own to bring back.
Fixed it for ya, lol
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Im not really happy with how free agency is going for the pack. When it seems like the pack need to go out and make a move to help the team, TT sits on his hands and waits and all the players that could help the team most, go to the other teams. Its quite disappointing.
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I guess the Cassel/Vrabel trade wasn't bad but other than that, not really. The Chiefs aren't well known for big FA moves. I was hoping we would have tried to sign Canty or Igor but oh well.
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Yes because we arnt wasting money on players that dont deserve it( so far anyways). We also restructured a few contracts that gives us a good amount of cap room. We also got rid of Kwame Harris which is always a plus.

Id still like to see us go after a OT. It looks like Barnes isnt going to sign with us :(. He left Oakland without a contract today so it looks like another team will land him.
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The Jaguars have done pretty much nothing. meh. I'll take a wait-and-see approach on this one.
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No, we need more and we're being waiting for a Safety by the name of James Butler to decide, and he's not even a Pro Bowler, move on to the other Free Agents.
Rams signed a great Center, resigned a very good cornerback and are on the verge of getting a strong safety that is waaaay better than their previous one. I would say it's been a very good free agency period so far for the Rams. A 2-14 team with 10 billion needs isn't going to fix the hole team during one free agency period.
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Dude it's been so awesome. The only way I'd say we could improve this 8-8 squad would be to cut LT. That'd be fun because he could join Rodney Harrison, Drew Brees, Michael Turner and Wes Welker in the "recent players the Bolts were just too good to get any compensation at all for" club.
Was there a reason you guys didn't franchise Turner? At least I don't think you did, I'm just confused as to why you would franchise Sproles so quick yet Turner who is a workhorse got away...I know it's hindsight 20/20, but if AJ felt the need to franchise Sproles I don't see why he wouldn't for Turner.



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Step 6: Release a horrible safety who should have been let go years ago

So how are these considered bad moves? I can't believe some of you are so down on FA so far, but while were at it, what would you have liked to of done differently?
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I guess the Cassel/Vrabel trade wasn't bad but other than that, not really. The Chiefs aren't well known for big FA moves. I was hoping we would have tried to sign Canty or Igor but oh well.
Yep, what can you say. Clark Hunt is a cheap ass.
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Was there a reason you guys didn't franchise Turner? At least I don't think you did, I'm just confused as to why you would franchise Sproles so quick yet Turner who is a workhorse got away...I know it's hindsight 20/20, but if AJ felt the need to franchise Sproles I don't see why he wouldn't for Turner.
Maybe because LT was showing wear and tear this year, where as the previous years he seemed fit as a fiddle. With health concerns, and the emerged play of Sproles I can definantly see why he was franchised, because if your stud RB is not 100% why not ensure you have a proven guy that knows the system.
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Yes, I'm very happy with what the Jets did this offseason. The only things I'm not happy about was cutting Brandon Moore go (and they resigned him, so cutting him was irrelevant) and letting C.J. Mosley go (which is very minor). Otherwise I'm happy with every move they made. Signing Bart Scott, Jim Leonhard and Lito Sheppard are each huge upgrades for the Jets at need positions. Okay, so maybe Leonhard is only a moderate upgrade. Still helps.

The Jets got Coles to agree to unguaranteeing his money so he could walk and in the process let the Jets cut a player who's pay wasn't matching his production.

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1. Draft a #1 wide receiver in the first round
2. Add some depth guys at positions where they are at bit thin (DE, ILB, OL, WR, TE)
3. Go almost pure BPA for the rest of the draft after getting the WR.

is the most I could even wish for from here on out.
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I personally am happy with the Packers policy towards free agency. A lot of people will complain about Ted Thompson and his impossible to pry open wallet but I would rather build through the draft then overpay on a mediocre class of free agents.
Not all of them have been mediocre FAs. There are moves you guys could've made and I would argue needed to make. Building through the draft is all fine and dandy, but at what success rate do you think you'd need to make and how many years in a row do you have to hit at that rate to have a SB caliber contender? FA is a must in today's NFL.
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Pretty happy with the Raiders so far. Cut who needed to be cut, restructured 3 contracts, resigned Cooper Carslile, Nnamdi, Chris Johnson and Shane Lechler... very close to signing Khalif Barnes. I hope we didn't cut Gibril but w/e... lets just hope we don't get TO
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I'm gonna take a different approach and grade my division rivals' moves.

Redskins - Gotta aplaud Snyder for the size of his balls. No wait... this is more the case of small man syndrome. You know.. the guy with the big monster truck who steps out and is 4 ft tall? haha... $100M for Al? OK, so he won the jackpot... he as in Haynesworth. As for Snyder and the Skins, I gotta be honest... there is real upside for this signing. Remember MB3 running down their throats eating up the rest of the clock for the win? I'm pretty sure that's not going to happen now. The Skins have always had what I thought was a patchwork DL. It worked from time to time, but was always inconsistent and never reliable. I've criticized Snyder in the past for big money signings for unwarranted players, but this year.... I like what he's done. Between Haynesworth and Hall, that's a lot of money to dole out, but the defense should step forward as the risk here is very minimal. We know the talent is legit. The only downside is the cost. So while the price is high, the improvement is sure.

Grade: A

Giants - Maybe someone can explain it better to me, but I just don't understand what is the logic behind these moves. Michael Boley, 5yr/25M? Really? I understand the need for a SLB, but this came at too high a cost for a player who is just expected to fill the role adequately. I guess Kaluka Maiava is out of the picture now.. Sorry... I had to BBD. ;) Yes, Boley is in the prime of his career, but he hasn't really done anything outstanding in his career. But that seems to be the spending trend for the G-Men this offseason. Overspending on players who have yet to do anything outstanding in their careers. I loved what Canty brought to the table... in his rookie season. Since then, every offseason I forced myself to believe that THIS will be the year when he emerges as one of the best 3-4 DEs in the league.... well, he stayed in neutral and never found the next gear. He has grown and filled out his frame to the point where he is a man of intimidating stature, but he still leaves a lot to be desired. Now that he's changing roles, changing schemes, there is a lot of uncertainty in this signing. With uncertainty, there is hope... but there should also be honest concern. I don't think the Giants can honestly feel like they have the answer they need. I think they thought, "Yes! We signed Canty for less than half the cost that Haynesworth went for." But I think they got suckered. 5yr/$42M is a hefty price tag. So hefty that he's getting paid more than Umenyiora and Tuck. And that's not even the worst part. They signed him after signing another DT, Rocky Bernard. I understand the Giants love their Defensive Line, but this is over the top. ...and it will affect their ability to address other areas. Their number 2 objective should have been/and was resigning Jacobs and they did that, so that was great....especially with a contract that ends when he's 30. But their number 1 objective imo was addressing WR. Plaxico is in too much hot water. Even if he is freed by the law (which is still uncertain), Goddell is sure to bring the hammer down on him. We all saw that even with Jacobs, the offense was inept without Plax in the line up. A rookie WR will not fill those needs... not in the time frame the Giants need him to. This is a team that has had as many troubled characters as any in the league and guess what they did this offseason? They added two women beaters in Bernard and Boley. So yeah... I'm confused.

Grade: B-

Eagles - The Eagles are going backwards fast. The loss of Brian Dawkins, Tra Thomas, Sean Considine, LJ Smith, and Correl Buckhalter have to hurt. Sure, they picked up some hope in Sean Jones, but that's a big downgrade from Dawkins. They just lost the heart of their defense. And in Thomas, McNabb just lost his security blanket in the guy who has been covering the blind side of his ass for as long as he can remember. WR is still a concern and they got even worse after losing Greg Lewis to the Pats. I can't see how Lewis is not good enough for the Eagles, but he is good enough for the Pats. They then missed out on Housh and Coles. 2 guys that could've immediately helped their cause. They might as well start Kolb at QB because they've wiped their slate clean. It's clear in their message that valued veterans are no longer of use in the direction of the team. Hope they enjoyed thier playoff run, because that window has just been shut closed.

Grade: D-
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Happy about resigning Takeo Spikes and Allen Rossum. Was hoping for Sproles but after he was franchised, that obviously wasnt going to happen.

Happy about the Moran Norris signing as he will help our power running game that we will now be running.

Brandon Jones signing is 50/50 at best. Have to wait and see how he does as a 49er. Personally, would have re-signed Bryant Johnson as he seemed to come on strong once Hill became the starter.

Signing Damon Huard was a solid move as he gives us the veteran QB that we need to be the third stringer. Huard is an improvement over Dilfer, Sullivan, Martin and whoever else we had in the last few years.

Demetric Evans will be a backup / role player at best.

Would have liked to see SF resign DT Ronald Fields for depth and wanted a RT and a pass rushing OLB but those who were available werent worth the money.

Just hoping we can get a RT and a pass rushing OLB in the first two rounds of the draft and I will be a happy camper.
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Ruskell did a good job in free agency IMO. Re-signed Willis, franchised Hill (still need a long-term deal), picked up a blocking TE, Cole, and Housh.

There's still a long way to go though. JP could be a possible June 1st cut.

And my personal opinion of this free agency period will all come down to #4. If we pass on Crab, I'll blame Housh and hate the signing.
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