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    NFL Free Agency..First 72 Hours Breakdown

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    Free Agency starting at 12:01 am Saturday morning and it his been nonstop signings ever
    since. I will keep a running standing on the major free agent signings and resignings everyday
    until all the big names have been signed, so be sure to check back daily. I used a very simple
    rating program it is a 1-5 system. 5 would be considered a Reggie White type signing and a 1
    would be considered a Peerless Price type signing.

    March 13th, 2006

    Adam Archuleta signs with Washington Redskins terms not disclosed:

    Terms weren't disclosed, but we know Archuleta received 10 million in guarantees which is
    a ludicrous amount of money for the slower less effective version of Roy Williams. Archuleta
    couldn't cover a 75 year old man. Now the Redskins have two safeties (Sean Taylor being the
    other one) who hit hard, but are not the most discipline of players when it comes to coverage.
    Another horrible signing by the Redskins.

    Final Rating: 1 1/2

    Mike Anderson signs with Baltimore Ravens 4 years 8 million:

    This signals the end of the Jamal Lewis era in Baltimore. Low risk deal for the Ravens and
    Anderson is servicable, nothing special about this signing except it gives the Ravens a tough
    nose back with some experience.

    Final Rating: 2 1/2

    David Thornton signs with Tennessee Titans 5 years 22.5 million:

    Thornton is a young and active LB who will help the Titans D. The deal is a good deal on
    both sides that doesn't cripple the salary cap in future years for the Titans which was a problem
    they had before when they signed free agents.

    Final Rating: 4

    March 12, 2006

    Edgerrin James signs with Arizona Cardinals 4 years 30 million:

    The media would like you to believe that Drew Rosenhaus is a bad agent, but he got his
    client more money in the first 3 years of his deal than Shaun Alexander (Alexander will never
    see the money in the last 4 years of his deal). So while they are making jokes, Drew is getting
    his clients paid. James is the perfect back for Denny Green’s offensive system, but unless they
    get that O-Line straighten out they will be wasting money on Edge. If they get their line squared
    away, I think Edge has a huge year running in the NFC West and the Colts will regret not trying
    to resign him.

    Final Rating: 4 1/2

    Antwaan Randle El signs with Washington Redskins 6 years 31 million:

    Randle El has just made the biggest mistake of his life. He had an offer on the table from
    the Bears for 6 years and 18 million (8 million guaranteed) that he should have taken. I know
    what you are thinking, “Are you smoking Rob? Would you turn down an extra 13 million
    dollars?”. Not if it was guaranteed, but NFL contracts are not guaranteed and the chances El
    gets all 31 million are remote. The Redskins gave El 10 million in guarantees, so in essence for
    2 million more he chose the Redskins and is destine to be the next Peerless Price.

    Final Rating: 1


    Will Witherspoon signs with Saint Louis Rams 6 years 33 million:

    Unlike the signing of Corey Chavous and LaRoi Glover who are both way past their prime
    this is an excellent signing for the Rams, even though I would have been hesitant to give
    Witherspoon 15 million in guaranteed money. Witherspoon does the one thing the Rams
    linebackers haven’t done in years. He tackles.

    Final Rating: 4

    LeCharles Bentley signs with Cleveland Browns 6 years 36 million:

    The premiere offensive lineman on the market who has been rumored for weeks to be
    headed to the Eagles, ends up in Cleveland. I like what Romeo and Phil Savage are doing.
    Doesn’t matter how great your skill positions are if your O-Line is weak. Great pickup for the
    Browns.

    Final Rating: 5

    Joe Jurevicius signs with Cleveland Browns terms not disclosed:

    Another solid signing by the Browns who are revamping their team with quality and quantity
    in free agency. Jurevicius is the classic possession receiver who comes up big when the
    pressure is on. Looking for him to be a solid #3.

    Final Rating: 3 ½

    Ted Washington signs with Cleveland Browns 2 years 7 million:

    For the money that they are giving him, this is a low risk, high reward signing for the
    Browns. Washington is on his last legs, but if he can stay healthy and come to camp in decent
    shape, he can give the Browns a solid run stuffer on 1st and 2nd down. It is obvious that
    Romeo and Phil Savage and trying to shore up both sides of the line scrimmage.

    Final Rating: 2 ½ with the possibility of going up to 3 ½ if Washington lays off the
    Popeye’s Chicken.

    Bart Scott resigns with Baltimore Ravens 3 years 13.5 million:

    If you don’t know who Bart Scott is, he is the guy who replaced Ray Lewis after he got hurt
    and played exceptional in the final 10 games of the season. Good deal for both the Ravens
    and Scott. Makes me wonder if this is the first move in regards to getting Ray Lewis out of
    Baltimore after this season.

    Final Rating: 4 for the new Ray Ray


    March 11, 2006

    Deshaun Foster resigns with Carolina Panthers 3 years 14.5 million:

    Great move if he stays healthy, but seriously does anyone really thinks he is going to stay
    healthy? I like Foster as a RB, but he is brittle and has never proven that he can stay in one
    piece for an entire season.

    Final Rating: 2 with the potential for a 4 if he can stay healthy

    Trevor Pryce signs with Baltimore Ravens for 5 years 25 million:

    I think the Ravens overpaid for Pryce, but they were desperate for D Line help, to allow
    their linebackers to run free. I think Pryce is past his prime and 10 million in guarantees were
    too much for him, when a cheaper, younger and possibly better alternative was out there.

    Final Rating: 2 1/2

    Ron Dayne resigns with Denver Broncos for 3 years terms not disclosed:

    Pretty low risk deals for both parties, the Broncos have promised Dayne a chance to start,
    but remember whom we are talking about.

    Final Rating: 1 1/2

    Chester Taylor signs with Minnesota Vikings for 4 years 14.1 million:

    The history of #2 backs that go to other teams to be the #1 RB has about a 60/40-success
    rate. The only thing that concerns me about Taylor is that he is a lot like Melwede Moore and
    Michael Bennett. I really thought that the Vikings would get more of a hammer of a back, but
    that doesn’t really fit Brad Childress offensive philosophy.

    Final Rating: 3

    Koren Robinson signs with Minnesota Vikings 3 years 12.7 million:

    I believe that Robinson could have gotten more money, but considering that he was a
    drunk in jail at the beginning of last year and the Vikings bailed him out (no pun intended) so to
    speak, I can understand Robinson giving them a discount. Robinson has the potential if his
    head is on straight to be a #1 receiver in the league.

    Final Rating: 4 if he stays off the E & J


    Brandon Lloyd traded to Washington Redskins for 3rd and 4th round pick:

    The Redskins have no interest in the paying draft picks this year considering their salary
    cap situation, but a 3rd and 4th round pick still seems a little steep for Lloyd. The book is still
    out on Lloyd, he has been known to make the spectacular play every now and then, but also
    disappear for games at a time. Then again he was playing in San Francisco, were the QB
    situation has been atrocious for the last 2 years. He has some Freddie Mitchell in him (big talk,
    small game) ,so we will see if the change of scenery does him well.

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    "MichaelAngelo" wrote:

    Adam Archuleta signs with Washington Redskins terms not disclosed:

    Terms weren't disclosed, but we know Archuleta received 10 million in guarantees which is
    a ludicrous amount of money for the slower less effective version of Roy Williams. Archuleta
    couldn't cover a 75 year old man. Now the Redskins have two safeties (Sean Taylor being the
    other one) who hit hard, but are not the most discipline of players when it comes to coverage.
    Another horrible signing by the Redskins.

    Final Rating: 1 1/2

    Ouch. I've always liked Archuleta, and to say he's "another horrible signing by the Rams" seems a little harsh.

    I do think that they overpaid w/ Randle El though.

    At least the Vikes got good marks.

    How do ya like them apples?!

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    Re: NFL Free Agency..First 72 Hours Breakdown

    Chester Taylor is a spitting image of Brian Westbrook, and we all know how fond Childress is of Westbrook...

    Second, I give props to K-Rob for choosing to stick with the Vikes when he would have gotten alot of offers in fa.. Very classy on his part..

    Longwell is a very solid pickup for our team. He can hit the long fg's like Edinger did, but one thing that will be different is, he will be able to hit the short ones as well..

    I don't even need to address the Steve Hutchinson deal. All of us Vikings fans know how critical it is to have a dominating O-Line. We sign Hutch, and we will improve tremendously right away..

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    Re: NFL Free Agency..First 72 Hours Breakdown

    Chester Taylor signs with Minnesota Vikings for 4 years 14.1 million:

    The history of #2 backs that go to other teams to be the #1 RB has about a 60/40-success
    rate. The only thing that concerns me about Taylor is that he is a lot like Melwede Moore and
    Michael Bennett. I really thought that the Vikings would get more of a hammer of a back, but
    that doesn’t really fit Brad Childress offensive philosophy.

    Final Rating: 3

    Koren Robinson signs with Minnesota Vikings 3 years 12.7 million:

    I believe that Robinson could have gotten more money, but considering that he was a
    drunk in jail at the beginning of last year and the Vikings bailed him out (no pun intended) so to
    speak, I can understand Robinson giving them a discount. Robinson has the potential if his
    head is on straight to be a #1 receiver in the league.

    Final Rating: 4 if he stays off the E & J


    Brandon Lloyd traded to Washington Redskins for 3rd and 4th round pick:

    The Redskins have no interest in the paying draft picks this year considering their salary
    cap situation, but a 3rd and 4th round pick still seems a little steep for Lloyd. The book is still
    out on Lloyd, he has been known to make the spectacular play every now and then, but also
    disappear for games at a time. Then again he was playing in San Francisco, were the QB
    situation has been atrocious for the last 2 years. He has some Freddie Mitchell in him (big talk,
    small game) ,so we will see if the change of scenery does him well.

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    who wrote this article? Koren Robinson? I like K Rob as much as any other viking fan but lets get real. Not as long as there is T Hoe, Moss and Marvin Harrison and Chad Johnson.

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    Re: NFL Free Agency..First 72 Hours Breakdown

    hes not saying he'll be THE #1 reciever in the league, he's saying that he could easilly be A #1 WR for A team

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