As the season of free agency continues, it seems like there isn't an hour that passes without a major, newsworthy signing taking place. As more and more free agents land to sign contracts with their new team, more and more things become clear as more of the season ahead lays itself out in front of our eyes. What are the Patriots doing, and what are the teams we see the most often doing? Well that's what you're here for, so without further adieu...
After stealing the spotlight of free agency with a couple of shrewd trades that landed talented veterans Albert Haynesworth and Chad Johnson here, the Patriots' front office turned their focus to keeping quarterback Tom Brady upright, bringing back popular left tackle Matt Light on a 2 year deal, announced just this morning. Along with drafting Nate Solder, the return of Sebastian Vollmer for his third season, and Logan Mankins signing his franchise tender, this move pretty much answers all the questions about the offensive line, with a projected starting group of Vollmer at RT, Light at LT, Mankins at LG, returning starter Dan Koppen at C, and perhaps rookie Marcus Cannon at RG, who officially signed his rookie contract Friday (the 29th) and is looking to be moving ahead from his chemo treatments on schedule but has yet to practice with the team.
Meanwhile the rival Jets have been fairly busy, after failing to woo top free agent prize Nnamdi Asomugha, the team has since announced the signings of WR Plaxico Burress to a 1 year, $3 million deal and cornerback Antonio Cromartie. Plaxico is currently the favorite to start opposite returning receiver Santonio Holmes, and should act as something of a security blanket for young up and coming quarterback Mark Sanchez, who has been dealing with drop machine Braylon Edwards for the past few seasons. While there's certainly still the possibility that Braylon returns, having a 6'5" receiver that can actually catch is huge for a young quarterback. Antonio Cromartie should return to his starting spot opposite Darrelle Revis after the team made their unsuccessful run for Nnamdi and are now ready to settle for "Cro", a formidable cornerback himself.
The Bills have been fairly quiet-unsurprising as it's often difficult to convince the top free agents that Buffalo is where they want to be-signing several role players. They've brought in Tyler Thigpen, presumably to backup starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, and also managed to steal away versatile return man/receiver/wildcat QB Brad Smith from the Jets. Nick Barnett and Drayton Florence round out their acquisitions as two solid role players on defense with a solid chance of starting.
The Dolphins have been almost as quiet as the Bills, with the only move they've made that's made ripples being a non-move; the trade for Kyle Orton that never happened. The 'Fins instead decided to go with Matt Moore, the recent Panther quarterback who made 22 starts for Carolina over three years there. The next biggest move (and only other move of any consequence) was the trade that brought them Reggie Bush. The Dolphins appear to be setting themselves up to start either Chad Henne or Matt Moore, and then make Reggie Bush their feature back. Assuming this is really the plan, it should be fun to watch Miami get beat like a bongo drum this year, right?
Those are the moves so far. Keep an eye out as free agency continues for breaking news and analysis. Thanks for reading!