Free agency continues in the NFL, with the first set of big name players being signed over the weekend. Here is a look at some more of the moves that were made over the last few days with some thoughts:
Kenny Wright signs with the Browns – Cleveland gets their third free agent, and Wright will add some experience to the Browns defensive back core. Last season Cleveland lacked in that department, and they hope that Wright, who started nine games with Washington a season ago, can step right in and make some plays. Look for him to get plenty of playing time with the Browns.
Jeff Garcia signs with the Buccaneers – Garcia had a fairy tale season in Philly in 2006, coming in for an injured Donovan McNabb and playing lights out to lead the Eagles to win the NFC East. Garcia is going to upgrade the Bucs QB position right away, and should be able to unseat Chris Simms to be the starter. The question would be do the Bucs get Garcia of 2006, or Garcia of the Lions and Browns of 2004 and 05?
Fred Smoot signs with the Redskins – The former Redskin becomes a Redskin once again, as Smoot goes back to the team that drafted him. Many think that Smoot may have lost a step in two bad years with the Vikings, and had just one pick a season ago. He also ran into injuries last season, breaking his collarbone and shattering his jaw in an accident. He does upgrade a defense that was 31st a season ago, but don’t expect him to play like a first round draft choice again.
Derrick Dockery signs with the Bills – The Bills really needed to upgrde the offensive line, and they did so in a big way with Dockery, who comes over from the Redskins. He started 61 games with Washington, and will take over at left guard, replacing Mike Gandy, who left the team via free agency. He will play a key role in the Bills getting back to form on the O-line.