2011 Free Agency

As it may come to no surprise, former Bills CB Donte Whitner has signed with another team. The San Francisco 49ers swooped in and offered the former Ohio State player a three year deal worth $11 million with $4.5 guaranteed. This is another significant signing for the 49ers back field after signing former Redskins CB Carlos Rogers. Less we forget, the signing would not be possible if the 49ers did not release Nate Clements who was a former Buffalo Bill and who has since signed with the Cincinnati Bengals who lost Jonathan Joseph who just signed with the Texans. Are you confused yet? Although it may seem like a silly notion that the Bills did not bring Whitner back, Bills fans don't seem to care that he is gone. After being drafted in the 2006 NFL draft in the first round, eighth [...] Continue reading →
With training camp in full swing and today being the first day that free agents can get on the field and practice, change will be the word of the day in Georgetown, Ky. and all around the league as a whole. In an offseason of trauma and transitions for the Cincinnati Bengals, Andrew Whitworth became the teams spiritual and vocal leader. Whitworth served as the Bengals representative during labor negotiations, which we all know was a frustrating few months for all involved. Whitworth's service to the team during this period attests to how and why he is so highly respected and trusted within that organization. Let's not forget that the man known as 'Whit' has also been one of Cincinnati's best on-field performers.  [...] Continue reading →
No Stephen Tulloch. That's what I've been saying since before the lockout started. There simply wasn't any way the Lions would be able to sign Stephen Tulloch. He would either be too expensive, or he would be looking to sign with a contender. Either way, he was going to be out of the Lions' scope. That, of course, was before Tulloch signed with the Lions, on a one-year deal worth just over $3 million. No matter how you look at it, that's a severe cut from what his market value ought to have been. For reference, Tulloch and Buffalo's Paul Posluszny were arguably the top two interior linebackers in this year's free-agent class. Posluszny got a six-year, $42 million deal from Jacksonville, with $15 million guaranteed. Tulloch got a similar, though slightly smaller, offer [...] Continue reading → | , ,
The Chicago Bears have made some shocking, questionable and solid moves since this 2011 NFL Free Agency frenzy kicked into swing.  The team has added seven new free agents and five of their own, along with 36 undrafted prospects to training camp.  It hasn't been a day at the beach.  Some tough decisions have been made, cuch as letting 13-year veteran Olin [...] Continue reading →
In 2010, the New York Giants went 10-6 and missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season.   They were embarrassed at home against the Tennessee Titans, lost for the fifth straight time against a lesser-talented Philadelphia Eagles squad, only to suffer the most heart-wrenching collapse in team history against the same team four weeks later. The once mighty Giants 17th-ranked defense allowed 347 points last year.  The fans waited and held their breath for 137-plus days for their beloved New York Giants to take the field. Everyone was ready for New York to make a a strong run.  The NFL is very competitive.  The best rule of thumb is to always stay locked and focused on your own team and their needs. However, sometimes you have to admit when your team is not as [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , ,
The Indianapolis Colts haven't particuraly made earth-shattering noise in this 2011 NFL Free Agency period like the Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks or New England Patriots.  Then again the organization hasn't really held that sort of reputation over the years anyway. Nonetheless, the Colts have still managed to capture some headlines since the lockout ended last Monday. On Wednesday, 38-year-old kicker Adam Vinatieri and fourth-year veteran safety Melvin Bullitt both agreed to new three-year deals.  After losing outside linebacker [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , ,
As the Cincinnati Bengals make their way down to Georgetown ,Ky. this weekend, a number of questions still remain about where the team will go from here. With many of these questions unanswered, and with some disappointing outcomes to address, what was previously regarded as a promising offseason for the rebuilding Bengals, now see's them facing a number of questions they might not know how to answer. For many Bengals fans, it had seemed as if Marvin Lewis had a new foothold on the team, seemingly breaking new ground with Owner Mike Brown in 2011, and yet following the Bengals moves or lack thereof during free-agency, the number of fans ready to grab their pitchforks and storm Paul Brown Stadium shows that yet [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , ,
Now that Hurricane, Free Agent has subsided, it is now time to review what has happened to the Bills over the last week since the CBA was finalized. In no particular order, here are some of the headlines. Free Agent, Paul Posluszny jumps ship and signs a free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The deal for Paul came in at six years for $42 million with $15 million guaranteed. Annually, the Jags will pay Paul around seven million a year based on incentives and bonuses. Now, will Paul be missed in Buffalo? Well, not really. Although he led the Bills last year in tackles (151), he has only completed a full season once in his Buffalo career since being drafted out of Penn State. Since returning from Buffalo this week, the fan base is not heart broken and they feel that the [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , ,
The Philadelphia Eagles have taken the 2011 NFL Free Agency frenzy by storm.  The team has not only added quarterback Vince Young and shipped Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round-pick, but also acquired wide out Johnnie Lee Higgins, tight end Donald Lee and defensive end Jason Babin. Oh, and after blowing the socks off most fans, media, players and teams by winning the [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , ,
The Chicago Bears have managed to turn almost as many heads as the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals recently in the 2011 NFL free agency frenzy.  The team cut ties with tight end Brandon Manumaleuna and acquired Matt Spaeth, before shipping Jay Cutler's go-to-guy Greg Olsen to the Carolina Panthers via trade.  The tight end transactions were just the beginning.  After signing second-round defensive tackle Stephen Paea and third-round safety Chris Conte, the Bears united ex-Cowboys receivers Sam [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , ,
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