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NFL Free Agency 2009 – Part II

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2009 by FEGNS

A couple of days ago, I posted some initial reactions of the 2009 NFL free agency period here on FEGNS.  Since then, there have been more signings, wheeling and dealings, and tidbits of news.  So as I did before, I’ll break down some of the recent signings that I didn’t address already.

DENVER

Deal(s): The Broncos signed LB Andra Davis to a 2 year deal and also signed S Brian Dawkins (pictured right) to a 5 year, $17 million deal

Analysis: The Broncos were in need of inside linebacking, and Davis fits that bill well.  He’s also a much cheaper linebacking option than Ray Lewis and other still available linebacking options might be. 

Perrenial Pro-Bowler Brian Dawkins leaves Philidelpha behind after 13 seasons there.  He was a fan favorite, and I’m sure there are many fans that are heartbroken to see him go.  With that said, Dawkins is still a great player that will make an impact on any team he’s on. 

Rating: “B+” … These are good signings for the Broncos as they beef up their defense with the addition of both of these veterans.

ST. LOUIS

Deal(s): St. Louis Rams made Jason Brown (pictured left) the highest-paid center in the NFL, signing him to a 5 year, $37.5 million deal.

Analysis: After giving up 45 sacks last year (6th most in the NFL), the St. Louis offensive line receives a big boost with this signing, as Brown was widely regarded as one of the best offensive linemen available.  Brown is versitile enough that he can line up in any of the 3 internal linemen positions, and this versitility makes him extremely valuable to a team that just gives up way too many sacks.

Rating: “B” … Although it’s hard to say that one signing and one player can change the effectiveness of an offense or defense, Brown is the type of player that will make a huge immidiate impact for the Rams.  Really good signing by itself, but hopefully for the Rams sake, this is the beginning of many more good signings, and not the end.

DALLAS

Deal(s): The Cowboys signed LB Keith Brooking (pictured left) and aquired John Kitna via trade with the Detriot Lions.

Analysis: The “Boys” were in need of linebacking help, and despite rumors circulating around for the last week or so, they wouldn’t be able to sign Ray Lewis without making some serious roster changes.  Brooking gives them an experienced veteran linebacking presence who is still an effective defensive asset.

John Kitna (pictured right) was acquired by trading starting cornerback Anthony Henry, and will supply depth at the quarterback postion.  While a starting defensive player is seemingly a lot to give up for a backup quarterback, the Cowboys realize now that Romo may not necessarily be the savior they thought he was.

Rating: “C+” … While Brooking will help out the Cowboys’ defense, losing Henry will not.   Kitna is a decent backup option, but will not be the one to lead the Cowboys to the promised land if Romo slips up.  These transactions are purely average, but the Cowboys are a team with a lot of money already spent, so that isn’t unexpected.

MIAMI

Deal(s): The Dolphins signed S Gibril Wilson (pictured right) to a 5 year, $27.5 million deal less than 10 days after he was released by the Oakland Raiders.

Analysis: The Dolphins were much improved last year after a terrible 2007-08 season.  The signing of Wilson is another step in the right direction.  Wilson gets his second multi-year contract in as many years. 

Rating: “B” … The value and price of this deal is right.  Wilson is a good player that was the victim of a cap crunch in Oakland.  Oakland’s loss is Miami’s gain. 

Oakland Raiders Make Big Internal Decisions

Posted in Football with tags , , , on February 21, 2009 by FEGNS

The last couple of days, the Oakland Raiders have made a few internal decisions and signings that should impact their franchise for years to come… and this time, it appears as though it will be a positive impact. 

After becoming the laughing stock of NFL management over the last couple of seasons, the Raiders organization finally seems to be turning the corner and getting a few things right these days.  Earlier this week they resigned arguably the best cornerback in the league, Nnamdi Asomugha to a massive three year deal.  The signing makes Asomugha the highest paid cornerback in the league, at approximately $15.1 million per year.  Getting such a quality player locked up for a few years was crucial for the Raiders, because Asomugha is the type of player you can build a defensive scheme around… and just having him on your team increases the appeal of your franchise to all the other players in the league looking for new contracts this offseason.

Asomugha would likely have gotten big bucks had he been signed during free agency, so the dollars and the length of the deal actually aren’t that bad.

Oakland also signed All-Pro punter, Shane Lechler to a four year deal as well this week.  He was one of the few bright spots on their team last season and is well worth the $12 million he’s slated to receive the next four years.

Resigning players to new, large contracts does come with a price though… especially in the salary cap world of the NFL.  The Raiders released safety Gibril Wilson today in what was likely a cost savings decision as Wilson would be owed a $4.5 million roster bonus in addition to his $2.01 million dollar cap hit.

The 27 year old Wilson is coming off a very good year, posting 134 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 1.5 sacks… but with the resigning of the two aforementioned players, the Raiders had to cut costs and Wilson was the one to go.

It should be interesting to see what other moves the Raiders make as the off-season progresses.  They’ve definitely gotten off on the right foot though, resigning their own proven players, rather than waiting to make a big splash in free agency as they did last season.