Fly Eagles Fly
The situation in Philadelphia had caused some confusion among fans and experts, the trade to bring Sam Bradford in at QB in exchange for Nick Foles was seen as a strange move by coach Chip Kelly and the Eagles.
There were rumours that Bradford was seen as a chip to pick up a young quarterback in the Draft, but coach Kelly has put that to bed and claimed the franchise see great potential in Bradford which they didn’t have in Foles.
Kelly has also brought in cornerback Walter Thurmond on a one-year deal, creating a mini Legion of Boom as Thurmond will be linking up with another free agent signing in Philly in former Seahawk Byron Maxwell. It will be certainly interesting to see how the Eagles fare this season, even more so if they bring in running back DeMarco Murray.
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Wednesday was a mixed bag for Chicago Bears fans, the franchise confirmed they are moving forward with Jay Cutler as starting quarterback. After a torrid twelve months this news hasn’t filled too many Bears fans with confidence.
However, coach John Fox and GM Ryan Pace are moving to help Cutler in the offseason and have brought in his former Broncos teammate Eddie Royal to give the much maligned QB a wide receiver he has enjoyed teaming up with in the past.
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The Bears also reinforced in defense bringing in Pernell McPhee from Baltimore and signing safety Antrel Rolle on a 3-year contract from the Giants.
Jacksonville fans can be happy with the Jaguars deals so far this season, they have spent significant money but on decent players who should make an instant impact to the team.
Tight end Julius Thomas signed from the Broncos and is relishing the opportunity to become a leader in a young team, he will certainly give Blake Bortles a more consistent option. Along with Thomas the Jags brought in Jared Odrick and Sergio Brown to help the defense with the decent addition of Jeremy Parnell to the offensive line.
Tampa Bay have put their hands up regarding last year’s free agency mistakes, and have now cut two of those additions in Anthony Collins and Michael Johnson. The Bucs spent $143million in free agency last season so they are more wary this season, but they have beefed up in defense with the addition of former Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter.
Suh Done Deal
The worst kept secret in the NFL since the weekend has been Ndamukong Suh’s big money move to Miami from Detroit.
The Dolphins have made Suh the most expensive defensive player in the history of the game, and whilst there is no doubting that he is an excellent player, it is up for debate whether he can propel the franchise into the playoffs.
In my personal opinion, I don’t see Miami as strong enough in other areas of the field to make the postseason, but it will be exciting to see how that one plays out.