Madden 25 hasn't even released yet, but we're already talking about the first roster update. The retail version of Madden always features rosters that are accurate through mid-June initially. Madden 25 is no exception, as players like Brandon Moore are in the free agent pool.
Moore just announced his retirement on Aug. 8, so it was impossible to reflect that and other similar player events in the retail roster.
This is part of the beauty in post-release roster updates. The concept has become standard with most sports games. Check for Donny Moore, Madden NFL Live Content Producer & Ratings Czar on Twitter to stay abreast of the latest changes.
Since late July, there have been a few signings that will undoubtedly bolster rosters. Here a few late signings to look forward to in the first Madden 25 roster update.
John Abraham to the Arizona Cardinals
After sitting without a job for months, pass-rushing specialist John Abraham was finally signed to a one-year deal by the Arizona Cardinals, per Marc Sessler of NFL.com. Abraham led the Atlanta Falcons is sacks in 2012 with 10. He was rewarded with an overall rating of an 89 for his efforts.
Only 14 defensive ends in Madden 25 have a higher overall rating in the retail rosters. If you're planning on playing your Connected Franchise with the Cardinals, you may want to wait for the update that puts Abraham on your roster.
He'll add a much-needed push up front.
Vonta Leach back to the Baltimore Ravens
It seemed as if Vonta Leach might leave the Baltimore Ravens, but the all-pro fullback re-signed with his old team, per Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com. Before the roster update, Leach is the highest-rated player on the free-agent market.
Once the first update hits, he'll be a member of the Ravens again and the virtual Ray Rice will be very happy. Something tells me the that Ravens' plays out of the I-formation will be a little more effective with Leach in the lineup.
Eric Winston to the Cardinals
The virtual Cardinals stand to add two studs when the first update drops. Eric Winston also signed a one-year-deal with the Cards, per Dan Hanzus of NFL.com.
The team gave up 58 sacks in real life in 2012. Because of that, the highest-rated offensive lineman on the Cardinals is rookie Jonathan Cooper with an 83 score overall. No other offensive lineman's rating even cracks the 80 mark.
Winston is rated an 88 overall, which would immediately make him a starter for those who choose to run with the Cards. We all know Palmer isn't much of a scrambler. Perhaps Winston will help Palmer's Madden likeness stay off injured reserve.
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