Reactions to NFL Free Agency Deals

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NFL Free agency has arrived once again. Every year general managers empty their wallets and throw money at players who they believe can help their teams win a Super Bowl. Every offseason we see moves that push teams forward and set teams back. From great signings like Deion Sanders to the Cowboys, to terrible ones like Albert Haynesworth to Washington. I am here to tell you some of the best and worst signings of free agency so far.


Best Signings

Former Packers C Corey Linsley to the Chargers - Five years, $62.5 Million:

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The Chargers acquired former Packers center Corey Linsley to protect Justin Herbert. Last year Linsley allowed just one sack and had zero penalties protecting Aaron Rodgers. Linsley was not only a Pro Bowler last season but also a First-Team All-Pro selection. The Chargers were looking to improve their offensive line this offseason and should be ecstatic to have Linsley protect their franchise QB, Justin Herbert. With more time to throw in the pocket, Herbert should be able to improve on his rookie of the year campaign and lead the Bolts into the postseason.


TEs Jonnu Smith (from the Titans, 4 years, $50 million) and Hunter Henry (from the Chargers, 3 years, $37.4 million), sign with the Patriots:


Quarterback Cam Newton struggled last season throwing just eight touchdowns and ten picks in his first year in New England. But that did not stop the Patriots from bringing back quarterback Cam Newton on another one-year deal. Many believed that head coach and general manager Bill Belicheck did this because he felt that Cam did not have enough weapons to succeed. So it was no surprise when Belichick made sure to improve that for his quarterback. Belichick went out and signed Jonnu Smith from the Titans on the first day of free agency. The next day, Belichick brought in former Chargers tight end Hunter Henry. Both players can work in the middle of the field and become reliable targets for Cam in two tight end sets. It should also help their run game since both players are very good blockers. The Patriots had plenty of success with this when they had Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez and it is clear that they want to get back to that.


Former Steelers LB Bud Dupree to the Titans for 5 years, $82 million:

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Last season the Titans were the worst pass-rushing team in the NFL, finishing last in the league in sacks with just 19. They tried to solve this problem by bringing in edge rushers Vic Beasley and Jadeveon Clowney. But, Beasley was cut before the season's end while Clowney only played in eight games before getting injured. Both players combined for zero sacks last year and left no impact. Dupree had eleven sacks in 2019 and eight sacks last season before tearing his ACL through eleven games. Dupree should be able to significantly improve the Titans pass rush and defense as a whole.


Former Panthers WR Curtis Samuel signs with the Washington Football Team for 3 Years $34.5 Million:

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The Washington Football Team has an excellent number one wide receiver in Terry McLaurin. McLaurin is entering his third year after putting up 1,110 yards a year ago. Washington though wanted a compliment to McLaurin to make it harder for opponents to double-team him. Samuel had 77 receptions for 851 yards and 3 touchdowns. But he is not only a receiving weapon but can do damage in the run game, adding 200 yards rushing and 2 more scores. Samuel should be able to use his talents in a variety of different ways and should help pull double teams away from McLaurin.


Worst Signings:

Former Bengals WR AJ Green signs with the Cardinals for 1 year, $8 million:


The Cardinals were looking for a number two receiver to complement DeAndre Hopkins. But Green is not the same receiver that he once was. Green only played in nine games in 2018 after injuring his toe. In 2019 Green was injured again with an ankle injury in training camp causing him to miss the entire season. Green played the entire season last year but lacked in performance only 47 catches, for 523 yards, and 2 touchdowns. It seems that Green’s best days are behind him and it begs the question of how much he will help the Cardinals.


RB Chris Carson resigns with the Seahawks for 2 years $14.6 million:

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Carson is a very talented runner. He has rushed for over 1,000 yards twice in his four-year career and has been a very integral part of the Seahawks rushing attack. The issue with Carson is that he is not very durable. Carson has yet to play 16 games in his four-year career. It makes you wonder if the Seahawks can rely on him to be healthy. If Carson can be healthy he will be one of the better running backs in the game. If not he will miss significant time and the Seahawks ground attack will suffer.


Former Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins to the Ravens for 1 year $6 million:

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The Ravens were looking to add a true #1 wide receiver for Lamar Jackson. Unfortunately, they were unable to do so missing out on players like Ty Hilton and JuJu Smith-Schuster. Watkins is a player who has had a lot of injuries. He has failed to play in 16 games in six of his seven NFL seasons. Watkins also did not produce much last year with just 37 catches and 437 yards. Watkins does not add much to the Ravens passing attack and the Ravens will still look for a playmaker, possibly through the draft.

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