NFL Free Agents 2011: 7 Teams That Need to Make Significant Offseason Moves
With the NFL free agency period starting to take a hold of the avid NFL fan's mind, there are a few teams who are looking to make a huge splash in the open market.
Many teams have already started signing their own free agents and draft picks, and several have reached out to some of the unrestricted free agents in hopes that they can convince them to join their team.
Let’s not forget all the trades that will start surfacing as well as all the roster cuts to get under the new salary cap.
These next few weeks are going to be wild, and there will be a few teams that blow our minds. This is a list of those teams; enjoy!
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7. Washington Redskins
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With the drama that unfolded last season between new head coach Mike Shanahan and veterans Donovan McNabb and Albert Haynesworth, the team is trying to start on a new page.
The fact that Shanahan has become delusional about his ability to craft quarterbacks into great players shows that his new band of brothers, John Beck, Rex Grossman and Kellen Clemens, will be destined to fail.
While the team has signed some of their own unrestricted free agents like receiver Santana Moss, there isn’t much of a plan for any other big moves.
6. Miami Dolphins
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The Miami Dolphins haven’t done much on the free agency wire or in the trade market yet, but there is still plenty of time to screw it up.
With the possibility of both running backs, Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, leaving town and no good starting quarterback under center, the Dolphins need to be heavy aggressors on the market.
The biggest shock of all for the diehard Miami fans is that the team seems satisfied sitting pat with the group they have built already. What a shame!
5. Denver Broncos
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The Denver Broncos are the first team on this list who can make big, positive changes to their team, and the first was already made by hiring John Fox.
Fox has a run-friendly offensive scheme that fits Tim Tebow better than veteran Kyle Orton, so the Broncos are looking to trade him away.
To further the ground-and-pound mentality, Fox wants to bring in another bruising back to pair with Knowshon Moreno.
4. Seattle Seahawks
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The Seattle Seahawks were the biggest surprise of last season by not only getting into the playoffs, but beating the defending Super Bowl champions in the first round.
This offseason was a huge opportunity for head coach Pete Carroll to make a splash in the free agency pool, and it looks like the biggest move the team has been letting Matt Hasselbeck go and bringing in former Minnesota Viking Tarvaris Jackson.
If the Seahawks don’t make any other moves besides the quarterback position, they will be worse than the 7-9 record last season showed.
3. Cincinnati Bengals
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The Cincinnati Bengals are in a standoff that not only will hurt the team now, but in the long run as well. With Carson Palmer threatening to retire, the ownership has dug in and will not trade him.
This is the worst move the team could make, just like cutting off your nose to spite your face, and the battle will consume the club's chances of making a better product for next season.
For the Bengals, they will need to sign their own unrestricted free agents before they try to make a splash in the open market. Odds are cornerback Jonathan Joseph and running back Cedric Benson will not be back, so the team will be the shell of what they were two years ago.
2. Dallas Cowboys
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The Dallas Cowboys were going to win the Super Bowl in their brand new home stadium, but fate dealt a cruel hand to the jowl of owner Jerry Jones with a terrible season and an injured quarterback.
With the new CBA having a salary cap, the Cowboys had to pay for mortgaging the house during an uncapped season by cutting several of their bigger stars. Players like Roy Williams and Marion Barber were two of the more well known victims.
With all the extra money the team is freeing up, they had to re-sign offensive lineman Doug Free and could be in the market for the services of top-tier cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.
1. Philadelphia Eagles
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The Philadelphia Eagles started the period off by deciding against re-signing any of their unrestricted free agents, a move that left many scratching their heads.
With all the left over money, the Eagles are expected to extend the contracts of both DeSean Jackson and Mike Vick, as well as go hard at free agency.
The plethora of talent left on the board lends itself that the Eagles will go after two separate players, with the biggest possibilities being offensive lineman Tyson Clabo and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.