2011 NFL Free Agents: Friday Analysis and Top 10 Available

July 30, 2011 at 1:12 pm Leave a comment

Eagles signed Nnamdi Asomugha, as I predicted in May, for only 60M over 6 years.

  • The Eagles got their man.  Philadelphia really struggled against 3+ WR sets the last two years.  They entered the off-season with plenty of cap space and a glaring hole in the secondary.  Signing Nnamdi gives them two premier press man cover corners, and leaves Asante Samuel as presumably the odd man odd. He’s no longer a schematic fit as a zone corner, but Sal Paolantonio reported that Samuel wants to stay.  He’s due 5.9M this year and is signed through 2013, should be interesting to see if/when they trade him.

Texans got a top CB in Jonathan Joseph.

  • Wade Phillips got a premier piece for his new defense.  Houston battled Jacksonville for the worst secondary in the league last year, but that should change in 2011.  After a stellar draft focused on D, Joseph instantly improves the secondary as he excels in both man and zone coverage.  He was the second best corner on the market in my opinion.

Atlanta singed Ray Edwards for only 30m over 5 years.

  • This seems like a bargain for a very solid LDE.  The Falcons DL was a strength last year and with a 3 man rotation at DE with Abraham and Beer Man it should only be stronger.  It doesn’t look like the Falcons will re-sign Jason Snelling, but there has been much talk of him to date.

Rams added a nasty RG in Harvey Dahl

  • They’ve done a great job of adding strength up front as Dahl is one of the top guards in the league.  Their defensive front 7 is fierce and they’ve made some moves to sure up the secondary.

Bears got their big WR to reunite with Mike Martz in Roy Williams

  • Like this move.  Showed he was a little something left with Dez went down and gets to reunite with Martz so there is familiarity with the system.  Knox is seen as a potential breakout player going into his 3rd season, but Williams should be their #1 option in the redzone and Knox deep, Bennett underneath. Kellen Davis is a TE prospect I liked coming in who has a huge body, should be new TE.

The Panthers added a nice 2 TE combination in Greg Olsen and Jeremy Shockey

  • As I’ve said at length, NFL is a copycat league and teams will be running more 2 TE sets after seeing the Patriots success in 2010.
Arizona signs Richard Marshall (CB) to pair with Petersen
  • An underrated corner from Carolina who NFL Film’s Greg Cossell thinks is better than his stats say (7INTs last two years).
Broncos pick Willis McGahee to be Moreno’s backup
  • There’s been lots of speculation as to who they would sign, with John Fox now running the show, and they’ve chosen an underrated hard runner.  Moreno has been disappointing after being a top 16 pick and McGahee has his chance to get his fair share at the goaline and elsewhere.  Ray Rice, on the other hand, is finally going to have that monster Fantasy season, becomes top 3 pick with this move.

TOP TEN AVAILABLE UFAs

1. Aubrayo Franklin
2. Cullen Jenkins
3. Antonio Cromartie
4. Davin Joseph
5. Ahmad Bradshaw
6. Matt Roth
7. Zach Miller
8. Jason Snelling
9. Barrett Ruud
10. Malcom Floyd

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