Monday, March 13, 2006

Free agency fun

A lot of stuff going on in the NFL:
  • Edgerrin James is now a Cardinal, giving his new team a good running back for the first time in my memory. So now we finally get to learn if James success came because teams concentrated on Manning or if Manning's success came from teams who had to respect James. This may hurt the Colts more than people expect. Meanwhile it's hard to believe the Cardinals will be more than just the Cardinals.
  • The Ravens re-signed Jamal Lewis to a big contract despite coming off a bad year. Don't understand that one.
  • Speaking of not understanding things, the Redskins gave way too much for Antwaan Randle El. Randle El's a dynamic player, but he never became a reliable receiver and made plenty of mental mistakes. Guess Joe Gibbs really wants some more trick plays.
  • Also joining the Redskins: Adam Archuleta (who should scare receivers with Sean Taylor), Andre Carter, Brandon Lloyd, and Christian Fauria. I'll miss the spike between the legs after his touchdown catches with the Pats. The 'Skins are also talking to John Abraham. Free agent time is always the best time of year for the Redskins.
  • Good move by the Browns bringing in 3-4 veteran Ted Washington. They'll have a better run defense.
  • The Giants signed a good cornerback, Sam Madison. They also signed a bad one, R.W. McQuarters.
  • Meanwhile there's crickets in Foxboro as Willie McGinest and Adam Vinatieri hang out in free agent land.

4 comments:

Patriotsy2k said...

Anyone hear a report about Givens possible coming back to NE? He had dinner with Saban down in Miami on Saturday, and not sure what he has done since.
I like what Cleveland is doing. They are signing impact players to moderate contracts. Romeo has learned well from Bill. Worried he will also take Vinatieri, I guess we'll have to see.

The Godfather said...

Givens is gone. The Vinatieri situation does not look great, but could easily change.
I think they will make a run at Law. With or without Law, Gay is coming back and a full year of Bruschi and Seymour. It is still tough to fill the gap left by Harrison, whom I think is done but at best would start the year on the PUP list. But filling that gap is easier with the rest of the defense staying healthy.
Plus they still have the draft. They should be favored to win the division. The Dolphins will be ok, but not as good as the Pats.
With the loss of James to the Colts, I think the Pats have to be considered one of the favorites in the AFC. Pitt will probably be most poeple's favorites, but the pats will be right there with them.

Patriotsy2k said...

Godfather, people are already talking up the Dolphins with their new QB addition today. People forget that he did have a great 2004, yet then played awful last year before getting injured.
what do you think of the Dolphins, with Nick Saban and Mike Mularkey as the new OC?

The Godfather said...

I think they have quite a task on their hand. They need to make Culpepper to buy into their system. He can't expect to throw for 4,000 yards in their offense.
Saban showed that he was a great coach last year, in my opinion.
I think the Dolphins are going in the right direction (even though they signed Culpepper). I think 2nd place is a given the next couple of years while the Jets and Bills try to build back respectable teams. I don't think the Fins are ready to challenge the Patriots just yet, but they are at least on their way.