NFL Free Agency: Most Fascinating Acquisitions from the First Day
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Day one of the 2013 NFL free agency period was a chaotic stampede of fascination.
Which is a good thing.
The moves that occurred were exciting to see, because any time a key player suits up for a new team, a fresh beginning commences. This is also what we break down next.
With so much more left to unfold in the new NFL year, as well as the intensity from the draft, let’s rewind to the most intriguing gets from free agency’s kickoff.
Miami Dolphins: Mike Wallace, WR
Per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Mike Wallace joined the Miami Dolphins:
Mike Wallace has agreed to terms with the Dolphins on a five year deal, expected to average in $12M/yr range— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 12, 2013
This comes as no surprise.
Miami needed to get Ryan Tannehill a fast and explosive receiving target. Wallace definitely provides this to the Dolphins—pressing a defense back will generate more consistent balance.
Although Tannehill was sacked just 35 times in 2012, Miami still ranked No. 26 in passing offense and their rushing attack was mediocre. With a deep threat in Wallace, though, efficiency will only increase.
Kansas City Chiefs: Anthony Fasano, TE
Can confirm that #Chiefs have reached an agreement with TE Anthony Fasano.— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) March 12, 2013
Fasano may not be one of the most electric tight ends in pro football, but he is a consistently reliable receiver. With the size to out-jump any defender in single coverage, Fasano is an advantage inside the red zone, over the middle and on third down.
In addition, the guy brings the ability to run-block.
Already featuring an elite back in Jamaal Charles, presenting Fasano simply enhances the ground game's production. The end result will be solid balance, ball control and few turnovers to get back on track.
Tennessee Titans: Andy Levitre, OG
Andy Levitre was an excellent addition for the Tennessee Titans. The acquisition was reported via Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, and Chris Johnson can expect to roll again in 2013:
Former Bills G Andy Levitre has reached agreement in principle with the Titans on 5-year, $39 million deal.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2013
Arguably the best guard in football, Levitre stays in the AFC and gets to block for a run-oriented team in Tennessee. Johnson hasn't been his typical self the past two seasons, but he has still been productive enough to remain among the better backs.
Running behind a guy such as Levitre, who will punish defenders in the trenches, Johnson will see lanes develop quicker and may flirt with 1,500-plus yards. In short, this helps set up the pass—the Titans could get more from their aerial assault in 2013.
Cleveland Browns: Paul Kruger, LB
Paul Kruger to Browns on five-year contract worth roughly $40 million,so $8 million average. Not bad— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) March 12, 2013
Kruger is a great pickup for the Browns.
Cleveland presented a decent pass rush in 2012 by recording 38 sacks and forcing 16 fumbles. Still, the Browns need to upgrade against the run and really take their pass rush to another level.
Kruger offers just that—last season was a breakout year for him. He collected nine sacks, defended six passes and made 42 tackles. And he only kept that rolling into January with 4.5 sacks and 14 tackles en route to a Super Bowl victory.
All that's really left for Cleveland's defense now is to bolster the secondary.
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