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Jacksonville Jaguars sign C Stefen Wisniewski

Stefen Wisniewski, a 2011 2nd round pick, has made 61 starts over the past 4 years for the Raiders. After struggling out of position at guard as a rookie, Wisniewski graded out as Pro Football Focus’ 17th, 11th, and 22nd ranked center in 2012, 2013, and 2014 respectively, which means that he’s been an average starter. Only going into his age 26 season, the only reason Wisniewski...
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New England Patriots re-sign WR Danny Amendola

This move was made last month, but I didn’t originally grade it because I thought it was just a pure pay cut. I don’t grade pure pay cuts because there’s no downside for a team involved so it’s a pretty boring grade. However, it does appear that Amendola was given some guarantees as part of this restructure, whereas originally he didn’t have any money guaranteed in any...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Jets sign RB Stevan Ridley

This is definitely a solid value for Ridley, as he’ll only make 1.25 million in 2015, with just 80K guaranteed. Ridley, a 2011 3rd round pick, rushed for 1263 yards and 12 touchdowns on 290 carries (4.36 YPC) in his 2nd year in the league in 2012. He comes cheap for a reason though, as, in the two seasons since, he’s rushed for 1113 yards and 9 touchdowns on 272 carries (4.09...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Dolphins re-sign QB Matt Moore

Moore only attempted 29 passes over the past 3 seasons combined in Miami as Ryan Tannehill has made 48 straight starts to begin his career, but he wasn’t horrible in his last extended playing time in 2011, completing 60.5% of his passes for an average of 7.20 YPA, 16 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. He graded out 13th among quarterbacks on Pro Football Focus that season. The fact...
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Detroit Lions trade DE George Johnson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Johnson was originally given an original pick tender by the Lions this off-season, which gave them the right of first refusal. The Buccaneers signed Johnson to a 3-year, 9 million dollar deal, which the Lions matched in a sign and trade that sends a 5th rounder to Detroit and a 7th rounder to Tampa Bay. Johnson is the definition of a one-year wonder. A 2010 undrafted free agent out...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders sign WR Michael Crabtree

The Raiders had the NFL’s worst offense last season in terms of rate of moving the chains differential and have been in search of wide receiver help for young quarterback Derek Carr this off-season. They made a big offer to both Randall Cobb and Jeremy Maclin and they’ve been tied to both Amari Cooper and Kevin White with the 4th overall pick. They finally added a receiver here...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Dolphins extend C Mike Pouncey

Pouncey was the Dolphins’ first round pick in 2011, 15th overall, and he made 46 starts at center from 2011-2013, grading out 22nd, 12th, and 14th in those 3 seasons respectively. However, Pouncey missed the first 4 games of last season with a hip injury and, upon his return, they opted to leave Satele at center and move Pouncey to right guard, a move that didn’t work out at...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Denver Broncos sign DE Vance Walker

This move happened early in March, but it got lost in the shuffle for me so I’m just getting to it now. Walker graded out above average in both 2012 and 2013, including 17th in 2012, earning him a 3-year, 10 million dollar deal with the Chiefs last off-season. However, Walker ended up playing just 238 snaps with the Chiefs in 16 games and got released this off-season, a move that...
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Denver Broncos sign DE Antonio Smith

Antonio Smith was released by the Raiders recently, a move that saved the Raiders 4 million in cash and cap space, after Smith had a down season in his first season in Oakland, grading out below average for the first time since 2010. The Broncos are signing him for half of that on this 1-year, 2 million dollar deal and he has a good chance to bounce back in Denver, reuniting with...
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Chicago Bears sign C Will Montgomery

The Bears got a little younger, a little cheaper, and a little better at center this week. They released Roberto Garza, saving them 1.1 million on the cap, replacing him with Will Montgomery, who will make just 900K in 2015. Montgomery is no spring chicken, going into his age 32 season, part of why he was available for so little, but he’s younger than Garza, who is going into his...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Indianapolis Colts sign S Dwight Lowery

This is quietly one of the best moves of the off-season as the Colts were able to add a starter at safety for around the veteran’s minimum. With LaRon Landry getting released as a cap casualty and Sergio Brown signing in Jacksonville, Lowery fills a significant need. Dwight Lowery has always been a solid starting safety when healthy. The Falcons signed Lowery cheap last off-season...
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2010 NFL Draft Redo

1. St. Louis Rams- DT Gerald McCoy (Oklahoma) The argument before the 2010 NFL Draft was Sam Bradford or Ndamukong Suh. While Suh has clearly been the right answer of those two, Suh actually hasn’t even been the best defensive tackle in this draft class. Both Suh and McCoy have been top-4 defensive tackles on Pro Football Focus in each of the last 3 seasons, but McCoy has actually...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints extend G Jahri Evans

There was talk that the Saints would have to cut Jahri Evans to free up cap space to sign their rookie class. Evans was once one of the best guards in the NFL. From 2007-2013, he graded out in the top-30 among guards on Pro Football Focus in 7 straight years and the top-9 in 5 of those 7 years, maxing out at #1 overall in 2009. However, Evans slipped all the way to 46th out of 78...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers trade S Dashon Goldson to the Washington Redskins

Trade for Tampa Bay: Goldson topped my list of cap casualty candidates for the Buccaneers. In fact, I was confused why he wasn’t cut earlier in the off-season, a move that would have saved the Buccaneers 4 million in cash and cap space. The Buccaneers signed Goldson to a 5-year, 41.25 million dollar contract 2 off-seasons ago and he proceeded to be one of the worst safeties in...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears sign DE Ray McDonald

McDonald was cut by the 49ers mid-season last year, even though he was Pro Football Focus’ 12th ranked 3-4 defensive end through 14 games. There’s a reason for that as McDonald was accused of violence against women twice in a 6 or so month span. However, the charges never stuck either time and he’s now suing his accuser, which suggests he’s not trying to hide from anything...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Cowboys re-sign MLB Rolando McClain

Rolando McClain was one of the riskier signings on the open market this off-season, considering he was kicked off the team by the Raiders in 2012, has been arrested 3 times since entering the league in 2010, and was out of football entirely in 2013. However, the reward is obvious with him. Drafted 8th overall in 2010 by the Raiders, McClain came into the league with a ton of potential...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Eagles extend MLB DeMeco Ryans

Ryans was originally scheduled to make 6.9 million in 2015. This extension is worth just 7.5 million over 2 years. However, the problem is that 6.25 million of this new deal is guaranteed, which means it’s essentially fully guaranteed (the Eagles are highly unlikely to cut Ryans next off-season with guaranteed money still owed to him in 2015). Ryan’s original 6.9 million dollar...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Browns sign WR Dwayne Bowe

From 2007-2012, Dwayne Bowe caught 415 passes for 5728 yards and 39 touchdowns in 88 games in his career, despite playing with the likes of Brodie Croyle, Damon Huard, Tyler Thigpen, Matt Cassel, Tyler Palko, Kyle Orton, and Brady Quinn at quarterback. That earned him a 5-year, 56 million dollar deal, but it’s been all downhill for Bowe over the past 2 seasons since signing that...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Denver Broncos sign S Darian Stewart

The Broncos were not expected to re-sign free safety Rahim Moore this off-season (and they didn’t). That’s because the Broncos already had big contract defensive backs in their secondary around the free safety spot, in the form of Aqib Talib, Chris Harris, and TJ Ward. However, the Broncos did need a replace for Moore, who signed with the Texans on a surprisingly cheap 3-year...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Steelers re-sign OLB James Harrison

Harrison was reportedly choosing between Pittsburgh and Tennessee. Even though his former defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau is now in Tennessee, Pittsburgh always seemed like the most logical choice for Harrison. Pittsburgh is the better of the two teams. They offer the easiest path to playing time, as he’d be stuck behind big ticket free agents Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Giants sign RB Shane Vereen

Shane Vereen was a 2nd round pick by the Patriots in 2011. Vereen saw just 188 snaps in 2011 and 2012 combined, but he was expected to be a big part of their post-Aaron Hernandez offense in 2013. He was when he was on the field, but he missed 8 games with injury. He caught 47 passes for 427 yards and 3 touchdowns on 66 targets on 200 routes run, an average of 2.14 yards per route...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders sign OLB Malcolm Smith

Malcolm Smith follows his former linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. to Oakland, where he is now the defensive coordinator. That makes sense, but it’s not clear what his role will be in Oakland. The Raiders paid him 7 million over 2 years, which suggests he’ll be a starter, after spending most of his career as a reserve in Seattle. Free agent signing Curtis Lofton is locked in at...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Dolphins re-sign S Louis Delmas

Louis Delmas looked like a promising young safety in 2009 and 2010, starting 30 games in his first 2 years in the league after the Lions drafted him in the 2nd round in 2009, grading out above average in both seasons. However, knee problems limited him to 19 games in 2011 and 2012 and he graded out below average in both of those seasons. He seemed to turn his career in 2013 (with...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Indianapolis Colts sign G Todd Herremans

Herremans was one of several veterans cut or traded by the Eagles this off-season, in an effort to free up as much cap space as possible for free agency, in the first off-season that Chip Kelly has had control over the roster. Herremans was owed 4 million in 2015 and the Eagles saved 2.8 million on the cap immediately by letting him go. It was a smart move. Herremans is an accomplished...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Seahawks sign CB Cary Williams

The Eagles cut Cary Williams earlier this off-season, but that doesn’t mean that he’s not still a starting caliber player in the NFL. The Eagles were simply in the middle of a massive roster makeover and were cutting anyone that thought wasn’t worth his salary in an effort to free up as much cap space as possible for this off-season. The Eagles used some of their large amount...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss
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