As we all expected, this condensed free agency period is hectic, yet very exciting. We haven't had any football news, aside from this dreadful lockout in so long that I'm starting to feel like an NFL addict that is finally getting his fix. I'm actually loving the fact that I'm having a hard time keeping up with what's what and who's going where. FINALLY Football is back! Below I have formed a list of the MAIN free agent signings/trades and potential signings in the AFC East and their possible implications. It seems as though every time one team in the AFC East makes a move, the next team tries to one up them. Let's see where we are at the moment.
3. The Bills have signed Thiggy.
The Jets have resigned Holmes. He was a key part of their offense last year and imperative for them to have another run like they had last year. It could be very interesting to see what they will do about Braylon Edwards and Brad Smith. Without them, that offense won't be nearly as potent (not that their 22nd ranked passing offense was prolific with all this talent). Nmandi could be a great addition for them and we already know who will be playing opposite of him.
The Patriots haven't been too active yet and I'm not impressed with their signing of Haynesworth. His play has been steadily declining but if anyone can resuscitate his career, it's Billichick. Somehow, other teams hand-me-downs seem to flourish in his system. If so, they got themselves a bargain for this guy.
The Bills have signed Thigpen and lose Posluszny, one the bright spots of their defense, to free agency. The only thing that can go wrong hear is Thigpen somehow becomes a starter and pulls a Culpepper in our house. OUCH!
Now, our Dolphins. First off, I'd like to say to anyone who is opposed to us trading for Kyle Orton, WHAT ARE YOU SMOKING? Even if he doesn't replace Henne, he will be a solid backup. I for one think he is an upgrade to Henne but I still want Chad to have a chance to prove himself this year. If by week 3 or 4 Henne hasn't proven he has improved, we simply pull the plug and begin the Orton era. Orton is worth a 4th, maybe a 3rd round pick. I'm hearing that they are willing to trade Orton for Starks or Langford. I'm not sure I want to see either of those guys go. I'd prefer a 3rd or 4th round pick. I've heard Broncos fans clearly state that this move will be a great one for us. Marshall and Orton have established chemistry. Henne on the other hand, apparently just found out we signed Marshall.