NFL Free Agency: 4 Teams That Were Hit Hard

TCorrespondent IIIAugust 4, 2011

NFL Free Agency: 4 Teams That Were Hit Hard

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    In the rapid pace of this abbreviated offseason, a few NFL teams have been left in the dust by the moves that were made.

    Once free agency began, these four teams stood pat or let their own key free agents go elsewhere, creating crucial vacancies.

    Whether it was caused by inept management or apathy, these teams may come to regret their inaction this season.

Miami Dolphins

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    Sure, Miami added Reggie Bush, but they lost their best offensive weapon in Ronnie Brown.

    Brown, wildcat quarterback extraordinaire, was the entire Miami offense.

    The quarterback situation in Miami has not become any clearer even with the addition of Matt Moore to the competition.

    Moore, Pat Devlin and Chad Henne do not inspire visions of a heated position battle.

    Instead of making a play for Donovan McNabb, Matt Hasselbeck, or even Kevin Kolb, the Dolphins are mired in mediocrity at the quarterback position.

    Until Miami shows it values quarterbacks they will be stuck right where they are, looking up at the rest of the AFC East.

Minnesota Vikings

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    After letting Tavaris Jackson sign with Seattle, the Vikings acquired Donovan McNabb from the Redskins.

    However, this still does not solve the depth situation at quarterback. 

    If McNabb were to go down with a serious injury, the duties under center would be left to rookie Christian Ponder and second year player Joe Webb.

    Perhaps Jackson would have been good to keep around even as a back-up and move Ponder to third string for the time being.

    Webb could have been transitioned back to his natural position of wide receiver, which also took a hit this offseason.

    Wide receiver Sidney Rice joined Jackson in Seattle. Bernard Berrian is nowhere near a number one receiver, so the Minnesota air attack may leave something to be desired this year.

    Look for the Vikings to ride Adrian Peterson as long as they can this year before the running back fumbles his way through another season.

Indianapolis Colts

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    Very good, Indianapolis. You re-signed your franchise quarterback in Peyton Manning.

    However, the Colts have done little to improve a team that made a first round exit against the New York Jets in the postseason.

    The potential re-signing of running Joseph Addai does not solve the fact that the Colts ranked in the lower half of the league in rushing.

    The only other key signing made by the Colts has been to re-sign Adam Vinatieri.

    Unfortunately for Indianapolis, kickers don't win championships and Manning can't do it all by himself for much longer.

San Francisco 49ers

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    The once proud 49ers franchise has fallen on hard times recently. 

    There is no franchise quarterback to inspire confidence like Montana, Young or even Jeff Garcia.

    However, the 49ers have been the most stagnant team in free agency thus far. 

    Defensive back Nate Clements was cut loose after under performing his monstrous contract. Linebackers Takeo Spikes and Manny Lawson both are gone, leaving Patrick Willis alone as the lone holdover from the linebacking corps.

    By some sort of miracle, quarterback Alex Smith is still on the roster. Rookie Colin Kaepernick could see action at some point in 2011, but Smith clearly needs to go.

    Kicker David Akers was a decent signing, but look back at the Indianapolis slide if you think this kicker will impact the team's success.