Re-signing cornerback Brent Grimes was huge, as was retaining defensive tackle Randy Starks. Tackle Branden Albert was the big addition, defensive backs Louis Delmas and Cortland Finnegan can help if healthy, defensive lineman Earl Mitchell replaces Paul Soliai and running back Knowshon Moreno fills a need. All in all, pretty nice work.
New England Patriots
The best player to switch teams in free agency was cornerback Darrelle Revis, and New England got him. Anything else was a bonus. They did re-sign receiver Julian Edelman, which was needed, and grabbed receiver Brandon LaFell and cornerback Brandon Browner. Getting Vince Wilfork back on a re-worked deal was good, as well. Go back to Revis, though. They got him. That makes them a free-agency winner.
New York Jets
Breno Giacomini replaces Austin Howard at right tackle, Dimitri Patterson replaces Antonio Cromartie at cornerback and Michael Vick replaces Mark buttfumble at quarterback. Seems like a couple lateral moves (at best) and maybe one upgrade if Vick stays healthy. It comes down to how you feel about receiver Eric Decker’s five-year, $36.25 million deal. Considering what the Jets have had at receiver for years, it’s not that bad.
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When you lose one of the top free agents on the market (safety Jairus Byrd), it’s tough to recover. But some solid signings at linebacker in Brandon Spikes and Keith Rivers help. Giving below-average guard Chris Williams $13.5 million over four years was a bit confusing, however.
Cincinnati and Kansas City were the only two teams who received an F grade. Bias aside, I do believe that Miami performed the best in free agency this year in regards to division.