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NFL Free Agent Signings: Recapping Every Day One Deal

Nick DeWittAnalyst IDecember 8, 2014

NFL Free Agent Signings: Recapping Every Day One Deal

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    With the first day of free agency in the books, the frenzy is officially underway. There are still tons of deals to be made and many more crazy and realistic rumors will fly, but it's time to pause for a few minutes and take a look at day one and recap the signings that took place.

    Here's a look at what happened yesterday.

A Big Trade to Start

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    The Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins lead the early headlines after a trade was completed for Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall.

    Marshall moves to a Bears squad that absolutely needed a receiver for quarterback Jay Cutler. The Bears have plenty of work to do before they can contend in a suddenly crowded NFC North, but getting a top pass catcher was essential.

    The Dolphins received a third-round pick in 2012 and 2013 for Marshall. That seems like a bit of a low price and I wonder why the rebuilding Dolphins felt the need to sell their top offensive talent while their fans are clamoring for Peyton Manning.

    Time will tell who wins this deal, but for today I think Chicago will be celebrating plenty.

Two Big Re-Signings

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    Marques Colston, Saints

    Marques Colston signed a five-year deal to remain with the New Orleans Saints, who still need to work something out with the guy who's been throwing Colston passes his entire career (Drew Brees).

    Colston has been a key cog in the Saints offensive system over the years and his return will keep intact the team's stellar receiving corps. He has been over 1,000 yards all but one season in his Saints tenure. The former unknown has emerged as one of the league's top wideouts.

    Colston's contract is worth about $40 million over the five seasons.


    Red Bryant, Seahawks

    Seattle brought back defensive tackle Red Bryant on a five-year deal expected to be worth $35 million.

    Bryant is a key part of the Seattle run defense and has really taken to the coaching of Pete Carroll and his staff. He's been a run stuffer for the Seahawks' young defense and now he should be able to continue his development in a town that originally seemed ready to cut him loose.

Vincent Jackson to Tampa Bay

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    The biggest free-agent signing of the day was Vincent Jackson, the former Chargers receiver, who signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for five years and $55.55 million.

    Jackson upgrades a Tampa receiving corps and gives quarterback Josh Freeman a real No. 1 target for the first time in his short career with the team.

    Jackson, for his career, has almost 5,000 receiving yards and 37 touchdowns.

    The deal will pay Jackson $26 million in the first two seasons.

Offensive Signings

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    Pierre Garcon, Redskins

    Garcon has reported that he will join the Washington Redskins, who seem to be very busy despite a huge cap penalty delivered yesterday for front-loading contracts during the uncapped 2010 season.

    Garcon, 25, gets a five-year, $42.5 million deal to be the new top target for Mike Shanahan's offense. The question now is how well he will mesh with the quarterback Washington will likely select with their second overall draft choice.


    Josh Morgan, Redskins

    The Redskins weren't done when they picked up Garcon, later adding Josh Morgan from San Francisco on a deal that is reported to be five years, but with only the first two guaranteed for $12 million.

    Morgan had no spot in San Francisco after the 49ers added the retired Randy Moss on Monday, so now he moves on to be one of the secondary targets for likely draft pick Robert Griffin III.

Defensive Signings

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    Perrish Cox, 49ers

    Recently acquitted on sexual assault charges, Cox was among the early signings of free agency as the busy 49ers first added Randy Moss on Monday and Cox on Tuesday afternoon. Cox gives the 49ers a young, playmaking corner.

    Cox hasn't played in a year, but the high-risk signing helps the 49ers, who may be saying goodbye to Carlos Rogers in free agency. Terms of the deal are not clear at this time.

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