NFL Free Agency 2011: 3 Moves That May Surprise Some People
As the NFL’s free-agency period dwindles down to its last breath as the lockout chokes the life out of the offseason signing period, speculation on who will end up where can only do one thing: continue.
Here’s a look at three recent free-agent developments that may surprise some people.
Plaxico Burress to the Philadelphia Eagles
For a team that reached out and snagged the formerly imprisoned Michael Vick not too long ago, a move that saved the Eagles 2010 season, it makes sense the Eagles brass may be ready to set the stage for another feel-good redemption story for 2011.
The Eagles are reported to be highly interested in Burress since they would have the first crack at him once free agency begins.
Vick has also expressed a desire to reach out to him, and who better to give you advice than a guy who’s been through a similar ringer for a similar period of time?
The Eagles lacked a go-to guy in the red zone last season and Burress would fit that role perfectly. But he also brings foreseeable problems: He’s up there in age, 34, and he may need time to shake the rust off before he can be effective again.
Randy Moss to New York Jets
In what would be his third new team over the course of just one season's time, Randy Moss may have frustrated more jersey shoppers than any other player in history last year.
What he didn’t frustrate was defenses, as he racked up a lousy 393 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Not great numbers for a future Hall of Fame receiver.
With Jets receivers Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes and Brad Smith slated to be free agents once the lockout ends, Moss may be on Gang Green’s radar.
The Jets were no slouches in free agency last season. They grabbed plenty of big name players en route to their second straight AFC championship game. At this point in his career, Moss seems content and just wants to have fun, which is what he said he liked about playing with the Titans last season.
Well, if he wants entertainment, I am sure Rex Ryan would provide a few laughs, as long as Moss produces on the field.
Vince Young to Miami Dolphins
Another player who’s worn out his welcome, Vince Young, battled many problems in 2010, including off-the-field altercations and injuries. He also demonstrated a lack of leadership and never found consistency in the passing game.
With Young looking for a place to land, the Dolphins are still trying to solve their franchise’s endless problem at quarterback.
Their latest project, Chad Henne, saw his role as a starter drift further away from plausibility thanks to mediocre play last season.
There’s enough talent in Miami to vie for a possible playoff spot in 2011. They have a star receiver, Brandon Marshall, and a decent running attack with Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams.
Overall, it may be the perfect scenario for Young to refocus and get his career back on track.