“NFL Spending Spree”
So what did you do the first day of the work week? Probably not as much as NFL teams, that is for sure.
It started early, like at 6:30am..and ceased at about 9:30pm, this opening day of NFL free agency.
It was a stunner, not just the amount of money spent on Day 1-of free agency, but who spent it. 33-players in all changed teams.
You know Bill Belichick, you know the Patriots Way, draft, develop, and sometimes rent a vet to plug in. It all changed yesterday. Talk about coming out of character. Belichick opened up Bob Kraft’s check book and signed “7” free agents, yes “7”.
Guess he had to do that considering that (7-9) non playoff team he gave the fans in Foxboro, and coupled with the lousy drafts he and his organization has had.
He gets instant pass rush upgrades in the Ravens DE-Matt Judon and former Jet-Henry Anderson. He got big play down the field WR-Nelson Agholor, coming off a great season with the Raiders. And TE-Jonnu Smith-whom he stole from Tennessee. Now all he has to do is find a quarterback who can get the ball down the field, if it is not Cam Newton.
Kansas City, which cut loose 4-offensive lineman, got the best OG in Joe Thurney from the Patriots, but they need lots more help up front
Tennessee went defense with 3-signings, the best being Steelers LB-Bud Dupree coming off knee surgery.
The Chargers, who dumped 5-offensive lineman among others in a roster purge, signed the Packers offensive center Corey Linsley, the top rated pivot in the league, plus a Steelers OG-Matt Feiler, but they have lots of holes to fill.
The Jets new staff got help for QB-Sam Darnold, by landing the Titans big play WR-Corey Davis.
The Raiders began moves to upgrade a shoddy defense with the signing of ex-Jaguars pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue.
Cleveland raided the Rams for star safety John Johnson.
The Rams also gave up LB-Sam Ekuban to the 49ers
Urban Meyer, making his debut calling all the shots in Jacksonville kept saying he would bring in elite players. Anybody see any elite names in Jamal Agnew-Rayshawn Jenkins and the six total players he inked?
It was busy, 33-players in all signed from sunrise to sunset.
In addition, a number of big names came off the board, re-signing to stay with teams, including virtually everybody in Tampa Bay…guys named Gronkowski-Godwin-Barrett and David.
Ditto in New Orleans where Jameis Winston will play under Sean Payton.
Aaron Jones got a payday to remain with the Packers.
Now we await to see what happens with names like JuJu Smith-Shuster..Hunter Henry..Mike Williams.. Trent Williams..Gabe Jackson..Trey Hendrickson..Hassan Riddick..plus veterans like Richard Sherman-Patrick Peterson-Eric Fisher-Riley Reiff and more.
Day 1 was wild. Set your alarm clock for 6am, here comes Day 2-of free agency.