I do enjoy it, but will take it with some skepticism as it happened last year too.
Actually, the buzz last year was how Miami was overspending in free agency and making stupid moves out of desperation...
Goes both ways every year, some make positive evaluations, others do not... Either way let me know when the bus is tuned up and ready to go, I'll climb right in with you guys...
That said, it's always fun to look at who the early "winners" in free agency are, so here it goes (Click here for the biggest losers on Day 1):
Miami Dolphins: Jeff Ireland is facing a critical season in 2013 and made the first major splash of the new league, reaching a five-year deal with wide receiver Mike Wallace that Jeff Darlington of NFL.com reports is worth $60 million. With a 17.2-yard per catch average and 32 touchdowns in his career, Wallace adds a dynamic presence to the Dolphins' receiving corps, who combined for just three touchdowns in 2012. In addition to Wallace, the Dolphins got younger at linebacker, signing Dannell Ellerbe and Phillip Wheeler to contracts totaling $61 million and parting ways with over-30 veterans Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett. The Dolphins also kept promising safety Chris Clemons to a one-year deal.
Maybe not all were positive, but many were....
Let's take a look at who did well to make big moves and who made some more questionable decisions.
Miami made the biggest splash on the first day of free agency, and it was a pretty smart move from their perspective. Ryan Tannehill is a developing quarterback, but his top receiver in his rookie season was Brian Hartline -- not exactly a marquee name. Adding an elite wideout in Mike Wallace changes that. They also added Dannell Ellerbe, who showed his worth while winning the Super Bowl with the Ravens this past season, and made a deal to hang on to Chris Clemons.