There have been lots of moves over the first three days of free agency, and here we go with some thoughts of the latest moves made by NFL teams:
Amhan Green to the Texans – For Houston, they for sure need to upgrade the running game, as Wali Lundy did an okay job a year ago, but Green should add more stability to the position. Green gets a whopper of a deal – 4 years $23 mil, and at 30 I would not bank on him getting to the end of that contract. Last season he ran for 1059 yards and 5 TD’s with the Packers, and caught 46 passes for 373 yards. I think that the Texans were a bit overzelous in getting this one done, and I am not overall sure on how much gas Green has left. If he is able to stay healthy, he will upgrade the position for Houston.
Leonard Davis to the Cowboys – Maybe my second favorite deal so far, as the Boys REALLY needed to get someone to upgrade the offensive line, and Davis is an excellent fit here. Another whopper deal – 7 years, $49.6 mil, but again, the Cowboys were going to need to overpay to get him to come to town. At 6-6, 336, he is going to do well as the Cowboys right tackle or right guard. The deal also stopped two rivals – the Redskins and Giants from landing the big man.
Dewayne White to the Lions – A five-year, $29 million dollar deal lands the defensive end back with his former defensive coordinator from Tampa Bay to Detroit. White fills a need for Detroit, which sorely really needed to upgrade just about everything. They traded James Hall to the Rams for a fifth-round pick on Friday, and White will start and fill that hole nicely. White had 14 sacks the last three seasons with the Bucs, and still has plenty of legs left to be an impact player in Detroit.
Dennis Northcutt to the Jags – The former Browns wide out fell out of favor last year with coach Romeo Crennel, and basically ended the season as nothing more than a punt returner. Northcutt gets a nice deal – $17 mil over five years, and should fit nicely with the Jags as a possession wide out and punt returner. He has been known to drop passes, but overall with more opportunites should play a solid role with the Jags in 2007.
Nate Clements to the 49’ers – The whopper of a deal makes Clements the highest paid defensive player in league history. he is a great cover corner, and will make things tough for opposing top wide outs in the NFC West. Had a solid 2006, with three picks and a TD, and now with $80 mil over 8 years in his pocket, will make the 49’ers a much better team on defense. San Fran has been on the move quickly, adding three defensive starters in the first three days of free agency.
Eric Steinbach to the Browns – For the second straight year, the Browns go after and get the best offensive linemen in the league. Last year it was a disaster with LeCharles Bentley going down with a knee injury the first day of camp that will force him to miss last and this year. Steinbach gets a huge deal, 7 years for $49 mil, and will play either guard or tackle for the Browns, who at 4-12 need all the help they can get on the OL.