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Scooped: Free Agency Slowing Down

Free agency has slowed down but there has still been some movement on the market.

Offensive Tackle Market

Tuesday was a busy day for Offensive tackles. Kelvin Beachum signed with the Jaguars. Ryan Harris signed a two year deal with the Steelers. Donald Penn re-signed with the Raiders. JaMarcus Webb signed with the Seahawks but most likely to play guard and replace JR Sweezy (Tampa Bay). This leaves Russell Okung has the top tackle on the market. Okung wants 11-13 million per year and the Lions and Giants have made offers. It should come down to their offers or re-signing with Seattle.

Trade Bait

The Patriots traded Chandler Jones to the Cardinals for a 2nd round pick and 1st round pick in 2013 Jonathan Cooper. Jones was very productive for the Patriots and this trade is a head scratcher. The Patriots did add Chris Long on a one year deal to replace Jones. Jones was on the 5th year option and had a 7.7 million cap number. However, Jones had 12.5 sacks, 8 hits and 41 hurries with a strong run defense grade. It’s not often you see teams trade their best pass rusher. Chris Long better stay healthy for them and produce like 2013 and prior. The Cardinals offered former Bronco and Eagle, Evan Mathis a two year deal to try and upgrade over Cooper. Cooper never lived up to the first round hype with the Cardinals.

He’s Alive

The Packers brought in TE Jared Cook for a free agent visit. Ted Thompson is alive I guess.

Busy NFC East

The NFC East has made some moves recently. The Redskins signed Will Blackmon to a 2 year deal to play CB. Blackmon did a solid job for the Redskins last year. Mason Foster was re-signed to play ILB for the Redskins. Redskins signed safety David Bruton. Bruton was a 3rd safety and special teamer but could start for the Redskins.

The Cowboys brought in former Redskin/49ers/Bucs, Dashon Goldson for a free agent visit. Leon Hall, CB, is also visiting the Cowboys. Hall also visited the Cardinals. Hall and Reggie Nelson are both talented Bengals secondary players still on the market.

The Eagle re-signed CB Nolan Carroll to a one year deal. Carroll should battle for the slot CB spot against newly signed Ron Brooks.

Broncos

The Broncos have lost Malik Jackson, David Bruton, Evan Mathis (possibly), Louis Vazquez (cut), Brock Osweiler from their Super Bowl winning team. The Broncos did match the contract offer by the Dolphins for CJ Anderson though at 4 years and 18 million. Anderson will be running wild for Denver again.

Paul Solai

Free agent bust for the Falcons signed a two year deal with the Panthers. Solai will provide DT depth for Carolina behind Short and Star.

Mike Wallace and Terrence Newman

Mike Wallace found a home with a new 2 year 11.5 million dollar deal with the Ravens. Wallace mentioned how he wanted a QB that could throw a deep ball. This throws a little shade on Bridgewater and Tannehill. The Ravens also signed Eric Weddle to a 4 year 26 million dollar deal taking a good safety off the market.

Terrence Newman re-signed with Minnesota on a 1 year 3 million dollar deal. This move bolsters the Vikings secondary depth despite Newman’s age (38 in September). This could hinder the development of 2015 1st round pick Trae Waynes if Newman gets more playing time.

Former Lions

Nick Fairley has interest with the Eagles and Jets. The Jets signed run stuffer Steve McClendon so they might be out of the Fairley face. Sammie Lee Hill had a visit with the Seahawks to replace Brandon Mebane.