NFL Free Agency (Day One): Who Won, Who Lost
The first big day of free agency is near completion and many teams have done a little or a lot to improve their team's chances for a playoff run.
So who won and who lost out on our first real day of the NFL off-season? Let's take a look.
New England Patriots
Signed: RB Fred Taylor, TE Chris Baker
Las Vegas made New England the favorites to get back to the Super Bowl and their prediction may come true in 2009. The Patriots are definite winners here because they got key, veteran pieces to add to their offense and will get younger on defense come draft day.
The trade of Mike Vrabel will sadden some, but saving $3.5 million in cap room isn't too bad, plus they get a draft pick in return. Taylor still has gas in his tank and gives New England a running game to compliment its explosive passing attack. Baker will be used the right way in Foxborough after being the forgotten man in Brian Schottenheimer's offense.
Signed: DT Albert Haynesworth, CB DeAngelo Hall
For now, the Redskins are winners. They signed the NFL's most-prized free agent to the biggest (figuratively) contract in league history for a player at that position.
Add in $54 million to DeAngelo Hall and Daniel Snyder is rolling the dice to upgrade his defense to the caliber of the rest of the division.
New York Jets
Signed: LB Bart Scott, S Corey Ivy
Looks like Rex Ryan wants to bring Baltimore to New York. The Jets are winners today but they still need to do more. They have questions at quarterback and at wide receiver, but Scott gives the Jets a pass rush that they lacked down the stretch last year. It also gives them a solid defender in covering tight ends, where they really struggled.
Signed: WR Jabar Gaffney, S Brian Dawkins, RB Correll Buckhalter, RB J.J. Arrington, LS Lonnie Paxton
I have to make Denver a winner here with the additions of some key veterans. Gaffney gives Cutler a legitimate slot receiver and Dawkins, while 35, gets one last chance at a ring and gives the Broncos' secondary an identity.
Signed: QB Sage Rosenfels, TE Jim Kleinsasser
I have to mark the Vikings as losers today because they did not truly address their quarterback problems. Rosenfels is a good veteran but at some point, Minnesota will have to develop John David Booty for the future and all they get out of this deal is a fourth-round pick, so I don't see who really won here.
Signed: CB Domonique Foxworth
Players from Baltimore are heading to New York to re-join former defensive coordinator Rex Ryan. The Ravens have lost one key linebacker (maybe two) and maybe both starting safeties, so they are losers on Day 1. Baltimore needs to really plug those holes in that secondary and fast.
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