Free Agent Tracker – Part 3
Now that the weekend is behind us many of the notable stars in free agency are signed and ready to play some football. That said, there are still some quality options on the market as Braylon Edwards, Aubrayo Franklin and others can make an instant impact on a new team.
One quality option that fell off the table, on Monday was running back Ahmad Bradshaw as he signed with his old team the New York Giants. Stay tuned for updates on this page throughout the coming week as we continue to find out where players’ land on the open market.
Agreed To Terms
Giants – RB Ahmad Bradshaw - Their was talk about Ahmad Bradshaw possibly landing with the Dolphins, but his price tag was too high. In the end, Bradshaw settled for re-upping with the Giants and will share time with Brandon Jacobs in the backfield.
Buccaneers – LB Adam Heyward – Tampa Bay brings Heyward back on a three year deal to give them added depth. This makes sense as Heyward has been in the Buccaneers defensive scheme and will help the team in a pinch.
Seahawks – CB Kelly Jennings – Added depth to the Seahawks backfield, as Kelly Jennings comeback on a one year deal.
Jets – CB Antonio Cromartie - A nice consolation prize as the Jets fell short on grabbing Asomugha, but they were able to tie up Antonio Cromartie who did a good job for them a year ago. This is a good fit for the Jets, now lets hope Cromartie can keep his head on straight. Considering his personal situation, he can’t afford to slough off on the field, so hopefully this works out for all.
Saints – DE Turk McBride - Added depth on the front line as Will Smith (StarCaps case) is set for a four game suspension to start the season.
Steelers – RB Mewelde Moore - Will fill in as a role player once again, playing behind Rashard Mendenhall in the Steelers offense.
Bills – LB Nick Barnett - Nice pickup for the Bills as Barnett will be a value pick in IDP leagues. A three year deal, Barnett should have no problem playing in Buffalo’s multiple front defense as they move between 3-4, 4-3 defensive schemes.
Ravens – FB Vonta Leach – This signing happened yesterday, but I missed it while scouring through all the players. Vonta Leach will be missed in Houston, and he will help blow open holes for Ray Rice. Good signing for the Ravens, but I still feel Arian Foster will be one of the top backs for fantasy in 2011.
Packers – WR James Jones - It looks like James Jones is back in the mix for Aaron Rodgers, and that is good news for the quarterback but bad news for Jordy Nelson’s odds to breakout.
Bengals – LB Manny Lawson – The former 49ers heads over to the Bengals on a one year deal and will play in a 4-3 scheme for the first time as a pro. Lawson has failed to provide the pass rush expected off the edge, that made him a first round pick by San Francisco years ago.
Panthers – QB Derek Anderson – Somehow, someway this guy continues to draw checks from NFL teams, and the Panthers are his next victim. It’s been a long time since Anderson had his big season back in 2007, and he’s unlikely to amount to anything good ever again.
Raiders – LB Kamerion Wimbley - The Raiders top pass rusher in 2010, Kamerion Wimbley proved he could be a force off the edge in a 4-3 scheme and should continue to give quarterbacks problems, as the Raiders have a strong front line for opposing offensive lineman to deal with. Wimbley makes for a ultra cheep addition in big play IDP leagues, as the Raiders hope to make their way to the playoffs.
Titans – DL Dave Ball - With Jason Babin gone to the Eagles, Dave Ball could end up being the teams top sack master if Derrick Morgan should struggle in his second season. Ball posted 7.5 sacks last season and should continue to be used on passing downs this season.
Colts – DL Jamaal Anderson - The first top ten pick, looks to keep his career going with the Colts, backing up Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney on the front line.
Redskins – DB Phillip Buchanon - The Redskins bring back Phillip Buchanon after the veteran was torched in the secondary last year, at times. Buchanon can be a useful corner but he could use a rebound season.
Cowboys – DL Jason Hatcher - Look for Jason Hatcher to provide the Cowboys with respectable depth on the front line as Marcus Spears and Igor figure to start.
Giants – TE Ben Patrick - I still expect the Giants to retain Kevin Boss as Ben Patrick is just depth at the tight end position, and not much of a passing threat. Boss is a good weapon for Eli Manning and I’m sure the team values his services, even-though it is taking them some time to get him signed.
49ers – DB Madieu Williams – Alright! the 49ers actually landed someone notable in free agency that wasn’t a kicker. Well, not exactly, as Madieu Williams is not a great player, but this has been a horrible free agency for the 49ers, as they seem to feel happy with the losing team they are bringing back form a year ago. Then again, they aren’t even doing that as multiple starters like Manny Lawson, David Baas, Takeo Spikes are all gone from the team. This is not a good start for the Harbaugh era.
Colts – QB Dan Orlovsky - The former Texans backup will now compete for the right to backup Peyton Manning and hold a clipboard for the entire season. Sure, Manning has a bad neck but he will probably find a way to get through the full sixteen game slate.
Titans – DE Jacob Ford – Coming off a down season, Jacob Ford was a respectable pass rusher for the Titans the previous years in 2008 and 2009. Ford will get a chance to make an impact this year with Jason Babin gone, but look to Derrick Morgan as the lineman to target for IDP fantasy leagues.
Dolphins – DE Jason Taylor – This is getting a little ridiculous as I’m starting to grow tired of the Dolphins bringing Jason Taylor back and then kicking him to the curb. Now the third time Taylor has re-signed with this long time team, Taylor will serve as a rotational pass rusher once again.
Bears – TE Desmond Clark – The old man just keeps on going in Chicago as Greg Olsen is off to the Panthers. Clark figures to help the offense, but won’t be a factor for fantasy leagues.
Ravens – C Casey Rabach – Respectable depth as starter Matt Birk is coming back from knee surgery this off-season. Birk’s injury shouldn’t hold him back from the season, but having a veteran behind him makes sense.
Colts – LB Ernie Sims – Not a bad fit for Ernie Sims as he will likely take over the starting weak-side linebacker job. Hopefully Sims can get his career back on track as he’s been a dissapiontment in recent years with the Lions and Eagles.
Eagles – RB Ronnie Brown - The Eagles keep it going with a respectable veteran to play behind LeSean McCoy in the running game. Look for Brown to remain McCoy’s backup as the veteran isn’t the player he once was will all his injury problems finally taking their toll.
Saints – NT Aubrayo Franklin - This signing makes me sick as the 49ers failed to bring back Aubrayo Frankin at a one year price. For whatever reason teams were shy on bringing in Franklin who’s contributions in the 49ers run game has led them to be one of the better defenses in that area. This is a great signing for the Saints and makes them a force against the run. This team was already one of the best against the pass, so look to the Saints as a team to pickup once again as a team defense.
Seahawks – TE Zach Miller – With the addition of Zach Miller the Seahawks are likely to move John Carlson and maybe in the coming days because they will lose him next year in free agency. Miller is an upgrade for this team and Tavaris Jackson suddenly has a darn respectable group around him as Seattle has upgraded on the offensive line and at the skill positions.
Rams – RB Jerious Norwood – For all the talk about the Rams getting a running back that could take valuable touches away from Steven Jackson, we get Jerious Norwood in the end. Look for Jackson to remain the feature back unless St. Louis adds someone else.
Saints – TE David Thomas – As expected before the lockout ended, the Saints re-upped with the veteran tight end David Thomas to team up with Jimmy Graham. This move hurts Graham’s fantasy value but the youngster should still be a start-worthy option as we move into October.
Rams – LB Brady Poppinga - Look for the former Packer to provide solid depth for Zac Diles on the outside.
Cowboys – SS Gerald Sensabaugh - The Cowboys failed to upgrade at the safety position and brought back veteran Gerald Sensabaugh to be the projected starter on a one year deal.
Colts – DT Tommie Harris - This one makes sense as it was touched on in the off-season that the Colts would make a good fit for Tommie Harris as he has experience in their Tampa 2 defensive scheme in his time with the Bears. If Harris actually prepares to have success, he will be a useful rotational lineman for Indianapolis but don’t hold your breath hoping he will do that.
Eagles – S Jarrad Page - This is insurance in case one of the Eagles young starting safeties should struggle this season. Page can help a team but isn’t viewed as an ideal starter on a regular basis.
Broncos – DL Ty Warren – If Ty Warren can bounce back from injury, he should help the Broncos against the run, but it’s hard to see him returning to the level he played at with the Patriots. Still, this is an upgrade over what the Broncos had on their depth chart before his arrival.
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