I take an extremely conservative view of player movement. It’s just my nature to prefer to deal with the known rather than the unknown.
Lost in the rush for the top level unrestricted free agents, however, is the news of the tenders placed on the numerous restricted free agents (RFA) in this uncapped year.
When examining the list, there are several top Individual Defensive Players (IDPs) who come with price tags that might be tempting to other teams.
Most of these tenders are of the “original pick” variety, meaning a team that wants to sign an RFA must compensate the player’s current team with a draft pick in the same round as was used to first acquire the player. Once the unrestricted free agents who do not require extra draft pick compensation are signed, attention will turn to these RFAs.
The list of first round busts at all defensive positions is just as impressive. If I were a NFL GM, these are the nine players I would seriously consider at as worth the price.
Ray Edwards, Vikings (first round pick) – Edwards might stop complaining about the Commissioner’s salary once he starts earning as much money as Roger Goodell. Edwards had a breakout season opposite Jared Allen, especially making his mark in the playoffs. The advantage of playing opposite the most fearsome DE in the business is by no means the only reason for Edwards’ improvement.
Edwards set personal records for solo tackles (42) and sacks (eight) in his fourth season. Only 25-years-old, he still has plenty of upside, especially if he goes to another team with another quality DE already in place looking to make a Super Bowl run.
And there is such a team fitting this description exactly. The Eagles just lost out to Jacksonville in the race for Aaron Kampman, who was unrestricted. Indeed, a top quality complement to Trent Cole would go a long way to fuel serious title talk in Philadelphia. And with the 24th pick, the tender price is not so extreme at all...