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Chicago Bears sign C Brian De La Puente

This is one of the biggest bargains of free agency. Brian De La Puente has been a starter in New Orleans for 3 years since Jonathan Goodwin left following the 2010 season. In those 3 seasons, De La Puente has been an above average starting center, grading out 12th, 2nd, and 16th among centers on Pro Football Focus in 2011, 2012, and 2013 respectively. He’s also only going into...
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Denver Broncos sign C Will Montgomery

This is another steal for the Broncos. I don’t know why Will Montgomery was cut by the Redskins, owed just 1.925 million dollars for the 2014 season. Since moving to be the Redskins’ starting center in 2011, Montgomery has started all 48 games and has graded out as Pro Football Focus’ 16th, 5th, and 15th ranked center in 2011, 2012, and 2013 respectively. He’s an above average...
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Cleveland Browns re-sign C Alex Mack

This deal came about in a roundabout fashion. The Browns started the situation off by using the transition tag on Mack, which would have paid him roughly 10 million dollars for the 2014 season if he had signed it. That 10 million dollar sum was the average of the top-10 offensive linemen in the league. You almost never see an interior offensive lineman, especially a center, get any...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Texans sign RB Andre Brown

There haven’t been any atrocious deals given out to running backs this off-season, but I have a feeling a lot of teams around the league who signed running backs this off-season are kicking themselves now that they see that the Texans got Andre Brown for the veteran’s minimum. Andre Brown has his share of issues. He’s bounced around the league and has a massive injury history...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Chargers sign RB Donald Brown

I don’t really have much of an issue with the money here. Brown is getting 10.5 million over 3 years with 4 million over 1 year guaranteed. That compares pretty well with other contracts given to running backs this off-season,  including Darren McFadden (1 year, 4 million), Joique Bell (3 years, 9.3 million), Maurice Jones-Drew (3 years, 7.5 million), Ben Tate (2 years, 7 million...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Jacksonville Jaguars trade QB Blaine Gabbert to San Francisco 49ers

Trade for Jaguars: Blaine Gabbert was awful in 3 seasons with the Jaguars since being taken with the 10th overall pick in 2011, proving to be one of the biggest busts over the past 5 or so years. He completed 53.3% of his passes for an average of 5.61 YPA, 22 touchdowns, and 24 interceptions in those 3 seasons, a quarterback rating of 66.4. He made 27 starts over those 3 seasons...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders sign RB Maurice Jones-Drew

Maurice Jones-Drew has seen a steep fall from his 2011 season, in which he led the NFL with 1606 rushing yards. That season, he averaged 4.7 yards per carry on 343 carries, added 43 catches for 374 yards and scored 11 times. He did all of that on an otherwise abysmal offense during Blaine Gabbert’s rookie year, which makes it all the more impressive. That off-season, he demanded...
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers trade C Jeremy Zuttah to the Baltimore Ravens

Trade for Ravens: The Ravens desperately needed a new center as Gino Gradkowski struggled mightily in his first season as a starter in place of the retired Matt Birk. The 2012 4th round pick graded out as Pro Football Focus’ worst ranked center last season. Jeremy Zuttah is not a great center, grading out 22nd ranked center out of 35 eligible last season and 24th out of 36 eligible...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders re-sign DT Pat Sims

The Raiders let a number of good, young players go this off-season, letting LaMarr Houston, Vance Walker, and Jared Veldheer leave and replacing them with aging veterans like Antonio Smith, Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley, and Donald Penn. It’s an odd strategy and use of cap space. That being said, they’re making a great move here bringing back Pat Sims on a cheap, one year deal...
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Washington Redskins re-sign CB DeAngelo Hall

Last off-season, DeAngelo Hall was cut from his large contract by the Redskins and brought back on a cheap one-year deal worth about a million dollars. It made sense. He was going into his age 30 season and had graded out below average on Pro Football Focus in 4 of his last 5 seasons, dating back to 2008. The only season he graded out above average was 2010. In 2011, he was Pro Football...
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Philadelphia Eagles re-sign OT Jason Peters

Jason Peters was Pro Football Focus’ #1 offensive tackle in 2011 and by a large margin, dominating as both a run and pass blocker. However, he tore his Achilles in 2012 and missed the entire season. He came back in 2013 and he wasn’t the same player, but it would have been hard to be as good as he was in 2011 regardless. His season was still very impressive, especially for someone...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Eagles re-sign WR Jeremy Maclin

I like the idea of the Eagles re-signing Jeremy Maclin and cutting DeSean Jackson and his 10.7 million dollar salary. Maclin is actually the more versatile play maker and I think he can be a strong fit in Chip Kelly’s offense, though he’s yet to play for Kelly in a regular season game after tearing his ACL before last season. Injuries have been the problem for Maclin throughout...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Eagles re-sign WR Riley Cooper

This deal is part of the reason why the Eagles moved on from DeSean Jackson. They think they can replace DeSean Jackson with a healthy Jeremy Maclin and a rookie along with a bigger role for Riley Cooper. Cooper is getting 22.5 million over 5 years, though with only 9 million over 2 years guaranteed. I have a hard time seeing him getting that on the open market. A year ago, Cooper...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers trade WR Mike Williams to Buffalo Bills

Trade for Bills: Mike Williams is on a big contract, but only 1.8 million of the deal is left guaranteed so the Bills are essentially getting Williams on a 1-year, 1.8 million dollar deal with “options” for 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 at 6.8 million, 7.2 million, 7.5 million, and 8.75 million respectively. He’s unlikely to be back with the team in 2015 at that salary as the...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Redskins sign WR DeSean Jackson

The Eagles cut Jackson because he was owed 10.7 million dollars and they didn’t want to pay him that when they already had 5+ million yearly committed to Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin at the wide receiver position (not because of racism). There are also reports of disrespectful behavior on Jackson’s part and he even confirmed that he was late to some meetings. Whether or not...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Tennessee Titans sign OLB Shaun Phillips

Shaun Phillips looked done after the 2013 season, going into his age 32 season after grading out as Pro Football Focus’ 2nd worst ranked 3-4 outside linebacker. He had to settle for a one year deal close to the veteran’s minimum with the Broncos, but he was able to rehab his value, grading out as Pro Football Focus’ 18th ranked 4-3 defensive end in 2013. He’s still no guarantee...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Chargers re-sign MLB Donald Butler

This deal has a max value of 51.8 million over 7 seasons, but Butler is highly unlikely to see all that money. Only the 11.15 million dollar signing bonus is guaranteed so the Chargers could conceivably get out of this after 1-year and 11.9 million. However, the Chargers are highly unlikely to give up on him that quickly. That’s a lot of money for one year anyway. More likely,...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco 49ers sign S Antoine Bethea

The 49ers needed another safety after losing Donte Whitner to the Browns this off-season. Whitner is a better football player than Bethea, but Bethea came cheaper in terms of max base salary. Whitner got 28 million over 4 years, while Bethea gets 21 million over 4 years. Bethea is actually a boring player to write about. He hasn’t missed a game since 2007 and he hasn’t so much...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Jets re-sign G Willie Colon

There was a time when Willie Colon was one of the best right tackles in the game, grading out as Pro Football Focus’ 14th ranked offensive tackle in 2008 and 3rd ranked offensive tackle in 2009, but he missed every game but one in 2010 and 2011 combined. He returned as a guard in 2012 and played solid in 11 games and then signed a one-year deal with the Jets for the 2013 season...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings sign DT Linval Joseph

Linval Joseph, a 2nd round pick, has been a 3-year starter with the Giants from 2011-2013, grading out as Pro Football Focus’ 21st ranked defensive tackle in each of the last 2 seasons. Only 5 other players have graded out higher than him in both seasons (Gerald McCoy, Ndamukong Suh, Jurrell Casey, Geno Atkins, Marcell Dareus). Joseph is better against the run than he is rushing...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Steelers sign RB LeGarrette Blount

LeGarrette Blount is a big name after what he did to the Colts in the playoffs, rushing for 166 yards and 4 touchdowns. However, people forget he had just 6 yards on 5 carries the following week in a loss in Denver. He averaged 5.19 yards per carry last season, including playoffs, on a combined 182 carries, but he was also available for a late round pick and a minimal salary the...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

New England Patriots re-sign DT Vince Wilfork

The Patriots are ceding a lot in this extension. Rather than getting Vince Wilfork to take a pay cut, or outright cutting him, saving 8 million dollars and getting a comparable replacement like Kevin Williams for half that price, the Patriots have guaranteed 3 million dollars of Wilfork’s 2014 salary, essentially locking them into paying him 8 million dollars for next season. In...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Texans sign S Chris Clemons

The Texans are retooling the safety position this off-season, signing Kendrick Lewis, a mediocre starting/solid reserve safety, keeping Danieal Manning on a pay cut off of an injury, and now signing Chris Clemons. They also have DJ Swearinger and Shiloh Keo, who were their starters last season after Manning got hurt and Ed Reed got hurt. Those 5 are all fairly inexpensive and will...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears re-sign CB Tim Jennings

Tim Jennings led the NFL in interceptions in 2012 with 9 and graded out as Pro Football Focus’ 9th ranked cornerback. People dubbed this as his breakout year because they’re fixated on interception numbers and he had just 7 interceptions from 2008-2011, but he was actually very solid in 2010 and 2011, grading out 15th in both 2010 and 2011, despite the low interception totals...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears re-sign C Roberto Garza

Roberto Garza, formerly a solid guard in his prime, struggled at center in 2010-2012, especially struggling in 2011, when he graded out as Pro Football Focus’ 2nd worst ranked center. However, he was actually pretty solid last season, grading out as Pro Football Focus’ 12th ranked center. There’s no guarantee he’ll be nearly that good again in 2014, especially as he heads...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss
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