Philadelphia should be absolutely thrilled about their offseason acquisitions so far. The Eagles were able to trade their backup QB, Kevin Kolb, for a starting CB and second-round pick in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. DRC isn’t coming off a spectacular season but he’s only 25 and brings big-play ability and speed. They were also able to sign surprise Pro Bowler Jason Babin who emerged as an explosive pass rusher last season for the Titans. Bringing in Vince Young as the backup is good security for if/when Michael Vick gets injured, considering he can run the offense in a similar fashion. The Eagles also brought in the hottest name in the free-agency pool, Nnamdi Asomugha. On top of that, they also signed Cullen Jenkins. Having the problem they currently do, with having too many good cornerbacks, is a problem any team would love to have. Wow is all we can say.
Latest news is Cam Newton will have Steve Smith as a target. The Panthers have decided to spend lots of money and that extends even to a kicker. More importantly, they are keeping their best players around. They have re-signed Charles Johnson, DeAngelo Williams, James Anderson, Thomas Davis, and Jon Beason. Carolina kind of overspent on an aging kicker, but Olindo Mare is still one of the best in the league. The Panthers also picked up a big receiving target by trading for Bears TE Greg Olsen and only having to give up a third-round pick. Hmm, maybe the Panthers will be good again?
New England Patriots
Though they have been distractions for various reasons for their respective teams, the Patriots get two players who, on the field, can still *potentially* produce in exchange for some late-round picks. Chad Ochocinco adds to a group of possession receivers and tight ends who will make it increasingly difficult for defenses to cover the whole field. Albert Haynesworth can still collapse the pocket and help to stuff the run under the coaching of Bill Belichick.
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The Minnesota and Houston Texans get an honorable mention. The Vikings have brought in Donovan McNabb and gave him another target in Michael Jenkins. The Houston Texans also brought in Johnathan Joseph and Danieal Manning; two names to bring that defense to the top in 2011.