Around the Leagues

Free agency frenzy; breaking down the moves of the week

by Jeff Moscato

AFC East
-As it stands today, the Jets are the best team in this division. After trading for Antonio Cromartie, the Jets successfully replaced Lito Sheppard and got someone who will fit perfectly into Rex Ryan’s defense. The Jets save some spare change from getting rid of the big contracts of Thomas Jones, Kerry Rhodes and Sheppard

-Miami signed Karlos Dansby which is a great upgrade in Mike Nolan’s 3-4 scheme but still need some work seeing as how Jason Taylor, Joey Porter and Gibril Wilson are out of the mix
-The Bills lose T.O. and still suck
AFC West

-Nothing too big going on in the West. The Chiefs signed running back Thomas Jones and the Broncos signed nose-tackle Jamaal Williams

AFC North

-The trade of the offseason comes from the Ravens, as they acquired wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Quarterback Joe Flacco has been great throwing outside the numbers; Boldin will finally give him someone to throw over the middle to
-The Browns did the right thing by locking up Joshua Cribbs and dump ing Derek Anderson. They made a smart move by reuniting Holmgren with Seneca Wallace

AFC South
-Jacksonville addressed their biggest need by signing defensive end Aaron Kampman to a long-term deal. Even though he is coming off knee surgery Kampman will definitely help add to the Jags’ dismal 2009 sack total

NFC East
-No shake-up here. The Giants overpaid for safety Antrel Rolle but he will do nothing to alter the standings. This division is still dominated by the Eagles and Cowboys

NFC West
-The West is where the shift of power lies in the league. The Cardinals lost Karlos Dansby, Antrel Rolle, Anquan Boldin and most importantly Kurt Warner. They did trade for Kerry Rhodes but will have to rely heavily on Matt Leinart to once again compete for the division title

NFC North
-Chicago broke the bank, as they were the busiest team on the first day of free agency as they signed Julius Peppers to a monster six year 91.5 million dollar deal and added Chester Taylor to compete with Matt Forte for the starting running back role, as well as tight end Brandon Manumaleuna

-Despite Chicago’s big spending, it is the Lions who have made the best moves in the last week as they signed Kyle Vanden Bosch, Corey Williams and Nate Burleson. Vanden Bosch, who played for Head Coach Jim Schwartz is the model of consistency, Corey Williams will be a much better fit in a 4-3 scheme than he was in the Browns 3-4. Look for the Lions to potentially add Ndamukong Suh in the draft and all of a sudden have defensive front four that looks pretty good.  The Lions also traded two late round draft picks to acquire cornerback Chris Houston from Atlanta

NFC South
-The Falcons got Dunta Robinson but lost Chris Houston and the Panthers lost everyone. With Mike Bell out of the mix, New Orleans could be a good fit for LaDanian Tomlinson.

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