Which NFL Teams Benefitted Most On the Second Day of Free Agency?
|Date & Time||Thursday March 13, 2014, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
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Day 2 of NFL free agency was another busy one, with several highly touted players finding new homes. Even though nothing will match the intensity of the first day of this year’s free agency period, it’s important to remember that deals will continue to be made throughout the coming days and weeks, so we’ll continue to breakdown key moves periodically for awhile.
1. Darrelle Revis (CB-Patriots) - With former New England cover corner Aqib Talib off to the Broncos, signing Revis to a one-year deal was a smart move by the Pats. Talented Revis can easily step into Talib’s spot for a season until Belichick, his staff, and the front office have a chance to find a more permanent solution. Plus, we all know Revis Island loves the spotlight and he'll get plenty of primetime airtime in Foxboro.
2. Golden Tate (WR-Lions) - With all the talk about the Legion of Boom and the rest of the Seattle D, Tate sometimes got lost in the shuffle, making him one of the more underrated 2014 free agents. The Lions offered Tate a substantial contract, but he makes a ton of sense in their scheme. Tate is the ideal guy to play opposite Megatron (WR Calvin Johnson) and he should thrive in Detroit’s pass-heavy offensive system.
3. Demarcus Ware (OLB-Broncos) - Given Ware’s name recognition, I had to include this signing in the top three major deals of the day. However, I’m not a big Ware proponent and I think Elway and Co. opted to significantly overpay him. Ware is a solid player, but I don’t necessarily like him outside of Dallas, where he was extremely comfortable. Plus, I don’t like the idea of building a roster on name recognition alone. Seemingly, this is what Denver has decided to do at this point and “super teams” don’t always work out.
4. Eric Decker (WR-Jets) - We all know Decker wanted to be paid like a No. 1 wideout and that is definitely what he got (5 years, $36 million, with $15 million guaranteed). Do I think this was a smart move by the Jets organization? Absolutely not. Do I think the Jets organization ever makes smart moves? Not really. Decker is firmly a No. 2 WR. The Jets, though, lacked even that last season, so giving QB Geno Smith an actual target isn’t altogether a bad thing.
5. Geoff Schwartz (OG-Giants) - Schwartz, at 6’6, 340 pounds, should add some much needed size to the New York Football Giants’ struggling O-line. The linemen had trouble protecting QB Eli Manning throughout last season, even after their initial losing streak, so hopefully Schwartz will be able to up the ante in 2014.
6. Jacoby Jones (WR-Ravens) - Jones and Baltimore QB Joe Flacco have history (and, on occasion, chemistry). Thus, it made sense for the club to work hard to keep Jones on the roster. They managed to reach a deal on day two of free agency, which means they can go a different route than wideout with their first round draft pick in May.
7. Randy Starks (DT-Dolphins) - Keeping Starks in Miami is a big deal for the Dolphins, who couldn’t afford to lose one of the few bright spots of their 2013 D. This signing allows them to focus on bolstering the O-line come draft day.
8. Dekoda Watson (LB-Jaguars) - Watson proved he was a natural athlete during his four-year stint with Tampa Bay. This is a trait that should serve him well in Jacksonville, a club that has struggled mightily for several seasons running. Though Watson spent the majority of his time with the Bucs on special teams, the Jaguars may well utilize him as a starter.
9. Jon Beason (LB-Giants) - The Giants reaching a deal to retain Beason is a good move on their part. Beason is a solid player who has familiarity with the club. Keeping Beason on-board should allow this New York team to have some room to breathe in the first round of the draft if none of the top LB prospects are still available at No. 12.
10. Josh McCown (QB-Buccaneers) - McCown isn’t my favorite signing of the day, but he’s one of the names that fans were watching closely, which is why he appears on this list. I think it’s a little strange that the Bucs seem intent on starting 35-year-old McCown in place of the much younger Mike Glennon, who still has something to prove. Time will tell if McCown’s success when he stepped-up with the Bears last year was a fluke or not.