2012 NFL Free Agents: Buying or Selling Every Day 3 Deal
It is the season of optimism in the NFL, where every signing is great and wonderful and filled with sunshine and rainbows.
At least until the games are actually played.
Every fan in the country is pumped about what moves about their team has made, but how will they look when the lights turn on?
Here is a list of what day three moves I am buying and selling.
Dan Orlovsky to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Orlovsky actually showed some life in relief of Curtis Painter for the Colts at the end of the year. You could do worse at the backup quarterback spot.
Ben Grubbs to New Orleans Saints
The Saints were able to do so much with their pair of elite guards in Jahri Evans and Carl Nicks that they would be kidding themselves if they assumed they could do the same things after losing Carl Nicks.
Grubbs is not as quite as dominant as Nicks is, but he is an elite guard nonetheless. For $10 million cheaper than Nicks, the Saints get relatively good value for Grubbs.
Dmitri Patterson to Cleveland Browns
Patterson played much better in Cleveland than he did in Philadelphia, but this one leaves me scratching my head.
Patterson was given $16 million over three years, which is starter-level money. The Browns are banking a lot of the fact that Patterson will continue to improve.
Jared Gaither to San Diego Chargers
Gaither played well for the Chargers down the stretch, and retaining him was their highest priority. It is a bit of a risk because Gaither only played a handful of games for them, but this is a necessary move nonetheless.
Jarrett Johnson to San Diego Chargers
Johnson is a very underrated player as a dominant run defender with some pass rush ability. Opposite Shaun Phillips, he should continue to be productive as a pass-rusher and will help their average run defense immensely.
In my opinion, one of the best value signings of the day. Charger fans should be pleased with A.J.'s work.
Juqua Parker to Cleveland Browns
Parker is a solid pro that will add some veteran leadership to an extremely young defense. For one year and $3 million, there is minimal risk on the Browns' side for signing a declining player, and Parker is still able to bring in a healthy paycheck at 33 years old.
Brodney Pool to Dallas Cowboys
The ex-Jet will reunite with Rob Ryan, his defensive coordinator during his Cleveland days.
Pool had a disappointing season in 2011, but as a rotational and special teams player, he provides good value. Already knowing Rob Ryan's system, the transition should be seamless, and he can contribute right away to a Dallas secondary that is starved for safeties.
Brandon Meriweather to Washington Redskins
Without O.J. Atogwe and LaRon Landry, the Redskins all of a sudden have a massive need at a position that used to be a strength.
Still, no matter how desperate a team is for a safety, I cannot, in good conscience, condone any signing of Brandon Meriweather. Granted, it is for only $3 million per season, but I would rather trust someone in the draft than Meriweather.
Mario Williams to Buffalo Bills
This is more than a signing to bolster a pass rush—this kind of deal can revitalize a long-dormant franchise. For the small-market Bills to get the biggest prize in free agency is not just exciting for Bills fans and the city of Buffalo—it is a symbol of complete and total parity in the NFL and proves that every team has an equal chance to win.
From a football perspective, the Bills all of a sudden have one of the best defensive lines in football. Mario Williams, Kyle Williams and Marcel Dareus on the same line is enough for AFC East offensive lineman to lose sleep over.