Free Agency Moves and a Trade Highlight the Weekend

The past few days around the League have been filled with more free agency signing as well as a trade between the Browns and Giants. Here is a quick breakdown of some of the latest moves:

Browns trade RB Ruben Droughns to the Giants for WR Tim Carter – The writing for Ruben was on the wall last week when Cleveland signed Jamal Lewis to be their feature back. Droughns was stellar two seasons ago, topping 1200 yards, but was hindered by an injury in 2006, and had just over 750 yards on the ground. When 100 percent, he is a solid back and with the Giants thin at that position, this is a good fit. As for Carter, he is up and coming wide out who became the #2 Giants WR last year when Amani Toomer went down. He will be the #3 in Cleveland and should see plenty of playing time.
Donnie Edwards signs with the Chiefs – Edwards goes home after moving from rival San Diego back to KC, where he played his first six seasons. The 33-year-old signs a three-year deal that at first was supposedly worth about $14 million, but sources say that figure was wrong. He was the Chargers top tackler at linebacker the last five years, and added 2.5 sacks and 3 interceptions this past season. He will bring some solid experience and play to the Chiefs linebacking core.
 
Donte’ Stallworth signs with the Patriots – New England has been seeking an upgrade at wide out since trading Deion Branch last year, and they feel that have that with Stallworth. The six-year deal could be worth as much as $33.1 million, with a guaranteed $3.6 mil in 2007. Last season Stallworth was solid for the Eagles, as he caught 38 passes for 725 yards and five touchdowns. He also at 28 years old could be entering the prime years of his career, which makes this an even better signing for the Pats, who sorely need an impact player for Tom Brady.
 
Cory Schlesinger signs with the Dolphins – The hard nosed fullback comes to the Dolphins after 12 seasons with the Lions. He can catch the ball, as he caught 60 passes in 2001, but mostly will be expected to open up holes for Ronnie Brown and block for whoever is at QB for the Dolphins in 2007. Schlesinger signs a two-year deal with the Fins.
 
Justin Griffith signs with the Raiders – Another fullback on the move, Griffith signs a 3-year, $3.8 million dollar deal with the silver and black. He is another tough fullback that is expected to mostly open holes for LaMont Jordan and new back Dominic Rhodes. Last season he had 23 catches for 168 yards and three scores, and averaged 5.6 yards per carry on 19 rushes.
 
Sean Mahan signs with the Steelers – The Steelers always seem to do a good job in getting linemen in free agency, as was the case a few years back with now retired Jeff Hartings. Mahan, coming from Tampa Bay, will fit nicely with the black and gold, as he can play guard or center, and should start right away. The five-year deal keeps him in Pittsburgh until he’s 30.


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