Free Agency Day 2: Updates and Analysis


Browns sign Quentin Groves

Quentin Groves is a highly ranked pass rusher who along with Desmond Bryant is sure to bulk up Cleveland’s pass rush.

Bernard Pollard cut by Ravens

Baltimore has released S Pollard, which will save them $1 million in cap space. This is probably another move to try to make room to sign back Ed Reed. (Opinion: The Patriots should sign Pollard)

Rashard Mendenhall signed by the Cardinals

Former Steelers RB Mendenhall has signed a $2.5M, 1 year deal with the Cardinals. This is a gamble that Arizona made to bolster their mediocre rush offense.

Chiefs trying to trade Matt Cassel

No suprise here. They now have Alex Smith and Chase Daniels on their quarterback roster, and no longer need Matt Cassel to hold them back. If they do not succeed in finding a trade partner soon then they will reportedly release him.

Lions acquire Reggie Bush

The Dolphins have made many moves in this free agency, but they couldn’t hold on Reggie Bush. The Detroit Lions have signed RB Bush to a 4 year, $16M deal. They hope that he can fill the role that they wanted Jahvid Best to fill last season.

Wes Welker leaves Brady for Peyton Manning

In an epic series of events, Welker does not sign with the Patriots and goes to the Denver Broncos. There were many reports of drama between the Patriots and Welker, including the Pats low-balling on an offer to Welker. He signed a two year deal worth $12M with the Broncos.

Jake Long’s physical is taking a long time

Jake Long had to take a physical in order to sign with St. Louis, and it seems to be taking a while. Rams trainers want to be sure that they candeal with Long because of his known health issues in the past. If he passes, he will be a St. Louis Ram. If he doesn’t, he will most likely go back to Miami.

Patriots sign WR Danny Amendola.

Could this be Welker’s replacement? Not long after Welker bolted for Denver, Patriots signed slot receiver Danny Amendola to a 5 year, 31M. This is more money than they could have had Wes Welker back for. This deal is the first Patriots signing of the free agency period (the Patriots silence has broken).

Cliff Avril signs with the Seahawks

A former DE for the Lions, Cliff Avril (with 9.5 sacks and 2 FF last season) was signed by the Seahawks. The deal is valued at $15 million for 2 years. Where are the Seahawks getting all this money?

Buccaneers trade for Revis looking very likely

Josh Cribbs to the Cardinals [UPDATE]

WR and KR/PR Cribbs was stuck between New England and Arizona. Josh Cribbs has not worked out a contract or signed with the Cardinals yet, he only decided that he wants to go there (Update: @RapSheet)

Broncos sign Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Cornerback DRC agreed to a one year deal with the Broncos. This adds depth to an already strong defense.

Laron Landry to the Colts

S Laron Landry has signed a $24M, 4 year deal with the Colts, another move by Indianapolis to boost their defense.

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