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PATRIOTS – Chad Ochocinco – When I heard about this I wasn’t to pleased, the Patriots have now picked up two players at discount who are although past their prime, still strong weapons that will help the team possibly break through its recent play off woes. Having Tom Brady throwing his passes now certainly raises the value of 85 going into the season, but being the newest piece in a offence that loves to spread out the ball, it may take some time before Ochocinco is a consistent fantasy threat each week. The addition of Chad Ochocinco also hurts the value of WR Deion Branch.

BEARS – Roy Williams – Williams now joins a group of players who will be reuniting with their former offensive coordinators, ones whom under they often enjoyed their best seasons. Williams has come to terms with the Chicago bears where he will be united with Mike Martz, who Williams played for in Detroit. Chicago has had trouble lately finding a #1 WR, with Williams in town playing under a familiar style he could get the opportunity to be that guy, my hope for now is that Bennett takes the role however.

EAGLES – Vince Young – Troubled QB Vince Young will serve as the backup to Michael Vick this upcoming season after agreeing to a one-year deal with the club. Serving as a back up will allow Vince the opportunity to get into more trouble if he pleases, but he could be used at times when they want to preserve the health of Michael Vick, or of course if Vick suffers an injury. Young has a similar style to Vick to me and I would like to see him take the year to learn from him.

BRONCOS — Willis McGahee — The Broncos were rumoured to be in search of another RB, citing that Moreno isnt the type of RB the club needs. Just today the team came to terms on a deal with Willis McGahee of the Baltimore Ravens. McGahee has largely been a supporting character to RB Ray Rice in Baltimore, but I would expect him to share closer to 50/50 with Moreno, possibly even getting more touches into the season. Im hoping McGahee proves he can be a main back now that he is out from behind Ray Rice.

SAINTS  — Darren Sproles – RB Reggie Bush headed off to Miami yesterday, so the Saints wasted very little time and signed Chargers RB Darren Sproles to be his “replacement” with a four-year deal. Working in an extremely crowded backfield will not help that fantasy value of Sproles, who really didn’t have much to begin with.

TEXANS – Johnathan Joseph/ Daniel Manning – The Houston Texans have landed a quality CB to their roster, which they obviously needed. Though this likely means they will not be making a play for Nnamdi Asomugha, they have still picked up a quality player at the position who is in fact younger than Asomugha and has caught 9 interceptions over the past 2 seasons while playing with the Bengals. The team also added former Bears Strong Safety Daniel Manning, a very hard working physical player.

49’ERS – David Akers – Despite having a back to back pro bowl kicker in David Akers, the Eagles drafted kicker Alex Henery in the fourth round of the draft, essentially making Akers expendable for the team. As a result Akers has signed a 3-year deal with San Francisco.

DOLPHINS – Matt Moore – After serving the past couple of seasons as a backup in Jacksonville, QB Matt Moore has been signed to the Miami Dolphins. The deal is reported to have game time incentives, meaning he will likely be brought in to serve as competition for now starter Chad Henne. Henne will likely start the season, but will need to show growth as a player in order to maintain that role.

BILLS — Brad Smith – After playing his first 5 years in the NFL with the Jets, the explosive playmaker Brad Smith will join the Buffalo Bills on a 4-year contract. Smith one of the leagues most talented return men, plays WR and was a quarterback in College, he will certainly bring a level of excitement to the team.

PANTHERS – Greg Olsen – The Panthers have picked up TE Greg Olsen from the Chicago Bears via trade. Olsen who last year had his lowest reception and yards totals since being a rookie is an extremely talented Tight End, but many think a ass catching TE doesn’t work well in the current Chicago system. Nonetheless Olsen will be playing with rookie Cam Newton so I don’t recommend him on draft day. Olsen may end up being a favorite target for the young QB, but I’m not taking the chance on it for now.

thats all for now folks, check out the other content on my blog!

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One thought on “Free Agency Funhouse: July 29th 2011

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