Jimmy Graham trade tops list of highlights from first day of free agency

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1.There’s no denying that Jimmy Graham’s trade from the New Orleans Saints to the Seattle Seahawks made the biggest splash in the free agency ocean last night. A massive move that improves the NFC Champions offensive line even further.

It was a shock to see the Saints let Graham go, but they got quite a good deal out of it with center Max Unger going the other way, along with a first-round pick in the draft. Seattle now look an even more formidable side with Jimmy Graham in at tight end, and it would be a surprise not to see them in Super Bowl 50 or at least in the NFC Championship Game.

2. Andrew Luck was probably sitting at home yesterday with the biggest smile on his face, with the Indianapolis Colts signing the experienced Frank Gore. The running back linking up with Luck is set to be a tantalising prospect for Colts fans. Indianapolis also reinforced their defensive line up with the arrivals of Trent Cole and Kendall Langford, and the return of safety Mike Adams.

3. The New York Jets had problems pretty much everywhere last season, but they are already looking an improved franchise. The big news out of yesterday for the Jets was the return of Darrelle Revis from the Patriots. Revis returns to the Jets after a season in Tampa Bay and a Super Bowl winning year with New England, it is a bittersweet comeback for some fans after he spent a year with the Jets’ rivals, the Patriots. Other good news for Jets’ fans was the side ridding the roster or Percy Harvin and the confirmation of Brandon Marshall’s arrival from Chicago.

4. Fresh from losing Ndamukong Suh, the Detroit Lions have picked up nose tackle Haloti Ngata from the Baltimore Ravens, this signing is likely to give defensive coordinator Teryl Austin the chance to test out a 3-4 defence in Detroit. The versatile five-time Pro Bowl selection is a good replacement for Suh for the time being and could lead the Lions to back-to-back playoff appearances but that is likely to be the best Detroit can hope for in 2015/16.

5. The quarterback trade between the Rams and the Eagles was a surprise switch, with Nick Foles leaving Philadelphia for St. Louis and Sam Bradford headed the opposite direction. Philly’s experiment with Foles’ was fairly unsuccessful and the franchise has decided to cut ties with the player after just 24 starts. The Rams seemed set on keeping Bradford ahead of the new season but have opted to freshen things up. It is a bizarre switch, with quarterback-for-quarterback trades rare in the modern game, and one that may not be over with Bradford rumoured to move on again, but it was certainly one of the biggest talking points on an incredible Tuesday of free agency in the NFL.

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