Now that the big signing period of free agents in the NFL has come and gone, teams are still out there talking to some players left without a team, and trying to make their teams better. Here are some of the latest moves made:
Cato June signs with the Buccaneers – I love this move for Tampa Bay, which is not being shy about going out and reloading a defense that simply was not as good has it had been in the past few years. The signing of June shows that the team is ready to go a bit younger on defense, but also they should be faster and more aggressive. June spent his first four years with the Colts, starting 45 of 56 games, with 10 int’s and 162 tackles in 2006. He also was a Pro Bowl LB in 2005. Great move for Tampa Bay, as June was about the best player still remaining on the FA board.
Justin Gage signs with the Titans – Tennessee needs some playmakers around Vince Young, and while Gage is not the second coming of Jerry Rice, he is a player that was undervalued, and could have a big impact on the improving Titans. Last season he started 16 games for the NFC Champion Bears, catching 64 passes for 908 yards and four TD’s. The Titans had a hole at the wide out spot after releasing Drew Bennett and Bobby Wade at the start of free agency. Gage should fit nicely and be a solid player with Jeff Fisher’s group.
Robaire Smith signs with the Browns – Cleveland continues to spend money to try and improve on their 4-12 mark from last season, with their latest signing being Smith, who started 12 games last year with the Titans. The seven-year pro can play either end of tackle in the Browns 4-3 defense. He is known as a run stopper, a stat the Browns have to improve on to get better in the AFC North, as last season they were 29th in that department. He gets a four-year deal.
Shaun Smith signs with the Browns – Smith fell out of favor in Cincy last year, as the 25-year-old was inactive for the teams last three games. He did play in 13 games, with just 14 tackles and a pass defensed. He will be a backup in the Browns defense, and the fact that the Bengals did not match the Browns offer for him says a lot.
Correll Buckhalter resigns with the Eagles – A backup to Brian Westbrook, Buckhalter finally was healthy last season, and provided some spark to the Eagels offense with 345 yards on the ground and two TD’s. He can get you some yards when needed, and in his injury-filled carrer has averaged 4.4 yards per carry. The team decided to go with Buckhalter after deciding to pass on former Giant and Bronco RB Ron Dayne, who they spoke with last week.