2011 Free Agency

The Philadelphia Eagles have made Michael Vick a $100 million dollar man for the second time in his 10 year career. According to ESPN's Andrew Brandt (and confirmed by Adam Schefter) the Eagles and Vick have agree to a new six year $100 million dollar contract with $40 million guaranteed. In February the Eagles placed the franchise tag on Vick hoping to come to a long term deal eventually. Before Vick signed this new deal the franchise tag would have paid him $20 million, the average salary of the five highest-paid quarterbacks in the league. Under his new deal Vick will make roughly $16.5 million per year which puts him in the top three in the league for quarterbacks. After coming off an incredible 2010 season that saw Vick finish with 3,018 yards passing and 21 touchdowns. Vick [...] Continue reading → | , , , , ,
Last night, I was in the local city bar with my friends. I saw the beautiful Jennifer, Kymber, Maria, and Whitney. I hung with my buddy Vessell. I had a beer, took several pictures, but one of the best things about last night? I saw my old friend Jeff Bryan. Jeff Bryan... He was always the athletic guy. He could switch-hit and was a major key to our championship Little League Team. Threw a pretty spiral. Ran like a deer on the playground. Knew how to work a Nintendo 64, and we'd play Super Smash Brothers or Mario Tennis all day long. I think Jeff could be a writer, but I don't know if his heart is in writing. I know he knows his sports though. Well, Jeff and I are sitting at a table. Just talking about college, how he's got a boring business financial whatever for a major while [...] Continue reading → | , ,
One day after clearing waivers former Buffalo Bills first-round pick Aaron Maybin signed a one year contract with the New York Jets. The 11th overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft Maybin failed to live up to his selection and never recorded a sack in his two seasons in Buffalo. For Rex Ryan it's a low risk high reward signing. After losing Jason Taylor and failing to "reinvent" first round pick Vernon Gholston the Jets will now rely on Calvin Pace, Maybin and unproven outside linebacker Jamaal Westerman. In two seasons in Buffalo Maybin recorded 24 total tackles and one forced fumble in 27 games. You can follow Lars at Twitter [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
After two seasons full of strained patience and frustration, the Bills have elected to release former 2009 first round pick LB Aaron Maybin. For those of you that followed his career since being chosen out of Penn State, Maybin never materialized in what some people assumed would be the next Paul Posluszny, also a former Penn State linebacker. However, he was far from Paul or any other linebacker on the Bills roster. Over the last two seasons, Aaron recorder no sacks and never made the starting lineup in 27 games. Aaron would go on to see some action as a reserve, however that was cut short as he was placed on the inactive list for five straight games during last season. Along with making little to no impact on the field, Maybin found himself battling his weight off the field, [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
Rumors are starting to swirl around in Pittsford, NY where the Buffalo Bills are holding camp about WR Lee Evans  and whether he will be in a Bills uniform at the start of the season or somewhere else. As previously mentioned in past articles, the Bills have too much money wrapped up in Evans for him to contribute less than stellar numbers, which has been proven the last two years. Since being drafted by the Bills in 2004, Evans is the longest standing veteran on the Bills offense next to kicker Rian Lindell. Over the last two years, Evans has done little to nothing at the receiver spot especially in the number one position.In 2009, with Terrell Owens lining up with him and pulling some double coverage, Evans finished that season with only 612 yards and seven scores. Fast forward one [...] Continue reading →
For a team that supposedly "doesn't pay", it seems like the New England Patriots are showing a lot more loyalty than other teams these days. Pro Bowl LG Logan Mankins was signed to a new six-year contract with the New England Patriots, ending the long term contention between Mankins and the Patriots organization over his contract status and the notorious franchise tag.  Patriots owner Robert Kraft had said earlier in the day that "probably you'll see our good friend Logan Mankins will be signed up soon hopefully to be a Patriot for life." Mankins has been the Patriots' starter at left guard since being drafted with the last pick in the first round in 2005.  The Collective Bargaining Agreement rules eliminated Mankins' chance of free agency last summer, making him a restricted free [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
“The fact that he chose them and all that, like I said before, there’s no way I’m going to wish him well.” That quote would be from New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan after DE Shaun Ellis, the 12th overall pick of the Jets in 2000 and a 2003, 2009 Pro Bowler, signed with the New England Patriots after 11 years in the Meadowlands. Players have played on both sides of the Jets-Patriots rivalry before, but the closest case to Ellis has to be former Patriot hero CB Ty Law, who after 10 years in New England (1995-2004) played with the Jets in 2005 and 2008.  Law wound up having 10 INTs and his last Pro Bowl selection in 2005 in New York.  Ellis, with 11 previous years in New York, will have had the most years with either the Jets or Patriots to have played for both teams.  And [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
As the days tick closer and closer to the start of the season, the Buffalo Bills continue to improve the roster and at the skilled positions. This week alone the Bills have signed wide receiver Craig Davis and running backs Bruce Hall and Anthony Elzy.   Craig Davis Fifth-year wide out Craig Davis signed as a free agent coming out the San Diego Chargers organization. Although Davis is looking for a fresh start in what was a less-than-unproductive season last year, he is determined to help the Bills become a major player in the AFC East and the entire conference.  Despite appearing in just seven games in 2010, he did post career highs in receptions and receiving yards as a reserve receiver for San Diego with 21 receptions for 259 yards and a touchdown. [...] Continue reading →
It's been a busy couple of weeks, but with over 90% of the "significant" free agent market spoken for, we can start looking at the relatively minor free agency moves by the New England Patriots.  Well, minor compared to bringing in DT Albert Haynesworth and WR Chad Ochocinco via trade last week... Signed, Re-signed, or Rookie Signings -CB Kyle Arrington (Last season's surprise starter shouldn't play nearly as much on defense this season with Leigh Bodden healthy and Ras-I Dowling drafted, but is a core special teamer.) -RB Kevin Faulk (He's 35 and coming off of a torn ACL, not to mention the Patriots are crowded at RB.  But he's been [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
The Seattle Seahawks delved into the 2011 NFL Free Agency frenzy with boatloads of cap space, so it should be no surprise that they’ve been one of the most assiduous on the open market. Last Friday the team re-signed fullback Michael Robinson, linebacker Leroy Hill, defensive tackles Junior Siavii and Brandon Mebane, who was one of, if not the team’s biggest priority in free agency, and reached an agreement with first-round rookie offensive tackle James Carpenter.  Pete Carroll also named Tarvaris Jackson the starting quarterback for the upcoming season. Before the weekend was up, the Seahawks [...] Continue reading →
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