2011 Free Agency

After solidifying the offense it's time to focus on the defense in Seattle. Today Seattle signed free agent defensive tackle Alan Branch to a two year, eight million dollar deal. Branch, a second-round pick in 2007 by Arizona will add much needed depth to a weak defensive line. Sources quickly followed up the news by reporting the signing does not impact negotations with Seahawks free agent Brandon Mebane. Seattle is still pushing heavily to re-sign their young defensive tackle but face competition from the Denver Broncos, among others. With Colin Cole recovering from knee surgery and Red Bryant coming off a torn ACL Branch could see early playing time in Seattle. Another low risk, high reward signing for Carroll and John Schneider. You can follow Lars at Twitter [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , ,
It's starting to feel like 2007 in New England. Earlier today, the New England Patriots made a big move to potentially improve their defense, trading for former Titan and Redskin DT Albert Haynesworth.  It was going to be hard to one-up that move, but with the news that 6-time Pro Bowl WR Chad Ochocinco has also been traded to New England, the Patriots managed to top themselves in less than 24 hours.  I didn't bother mentioning Ochocinco at all this offseason, but I did mention recently that the Patriots should at least give some thought to the prospect of adding an impact outside WR.  Well, that [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , ,
I know it was a long shot, but a team can never have too many healthy options on the defensive line. Jason Babin was coming off a break out year in 2010, but Babin signed with the [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
Well one way or another I knew that Matt Hasselbeck would be mentor former Washington Huskies' QB Jake Locker. I just thought they would be in the Pacific Northwest [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
Well, this is what I call a "splash" to open up training camp in New England. (And I'm not talking about 2011 3rd round pick RB Stevan Ridley's signing.) The New England Patriots have traded a 2013 fifth-round pick to the Washington Redskins for 2-time Pro Bowl DT Albert Haynesworth.  In a similar move, the Patriots released DT Marcus Stroud despite giving him a $150,000 signing bonus in March.  Stroud's shoulder reportedly wasn't ready for action, but never mind that for a minute.  Albert Haynesworth is in New England. I understand the Corey Dillon and Randy Moss Patriot risk connections, though I'd say that Haynesworth is a good bet to produce less than those players had for New England.  Haynesworth, the 15th pick in the 2002 draft by the Tennessee Titans out of Tennessee, [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , ,
I mentioned that the Patriots signed twelve new players as undrafted free agents, so I'll take the time here to feature them.  Considering that the Patriots' top two runners (BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Danny Woodhead) were undrafted, as was their leading WR (Wes Welker) and leading pass-rusher (DT Mike Wright), I would never write off the chances of an undrafted free agent signed by New England.  Without further ado: - Mike Berry, RG, Auburn.  I would not sleep on Berry.  He has decent size at 6'3", 320, and he played for a national champion and protected/paved the way for Heisman Trophy winner and #1 pick QB Cam Newton.  With Stephen Neal retired, Berry has a real shot here. - Ryan Coulson, OLB, Nevada.  Coulson is a good character guy (team captain) and a potential [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
The Minnesota connection continues. Today the Seahawks signed free agent wide receiver Sydney Rice to a five year $41 million dollar contract with $18.5 guaranteed. On Wednesday the team signed his former quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. Both Jackson and Rice were with Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell in Minnesota before coming to Seattle. Rice, 24, gives Seattle a legitimate No.1 receiver the team hasn't had since Darrell Jackson was in town. After a breakout season in 2009 where he racked up 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns Rice fell off in 2010. He missed the first nine games in 2010 coming off hip surgery and it was clear he wanted out. Seattle's only competition for Rice was Minnesota who couldn't afford the contract he received from Seattle. With over $40 million to [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , ,
After 10 seasons in Seattle Matt Hasselbeck will be dawning a lighter blue for the next three years. Today the Tennessee Titans signed free agent quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to a three year contract worth $21 million. Hasselbeck turned down a one and two year contract in Seattle before signing with Tennessee. Hasselbeck wasn't in Seattle's long-term plans dating back to last season when the team acquire Charlie Whitehurst. Pete Carroll and John Schneider wanted Whitehurst to win the competition but he failed. Hasselbeck won the job, and threw for over 3,000 yards again to go along with two stellar post-season games again New Orleans and Chicago. While Tennessee doesn't give Hasselbeck the best shot at a playoff berth, he will get a chance to start week one. Titans first-round pick [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , ,
...And we're back.  It's about to be a full blown mess for a couple of weeks here, but it's the good mess that us football junkies have been chomping at the bit to get at.  The New England Patriots will open camp Thursday.  That's all I'll allow in the way of an introduction for this piece (if you want more intro, pop this link into your browser), so let's get to it: - It's nice to know that LG Logan Mankins will show up to work on time this year.  The Patriots have Mankins on board this season as their franchise player, and Mankins' reputation has taken at least a measurable hit this summer.  Who knows, maybe Mankins does get signed long term in New England.  Sure he plays a [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , ,
Former Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable is reunited with Robert Gallery. Today the Seattle Seahawks signed free agent guard Robert Gallery to a three year contract, terms were not released. Gallery will fill a void at left guard left by Stacy Andrews and Chester Pitts. Rookie guard John Moffit is expected to start at right guard. Gallery played under Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable during his tenure in Oakland so he's well acclimated to the system Cable will run. He will also serve as a good veteran leader to a young offensive line who combined have 27 NFL starts. Seattle's projected lineup is now (from left-to-right): Okung-Gallery-Unger-Moffitt-Carpenter. A much improved line from 2010 to say the least. You can follow Lars at Twitter [...] Continue reading → | , , , , ,
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