NFC East free agency recap: Day 2

  • The Cowboys were very busy on Day 2 of free agency.  The big signing was Brandon Carr.  5 years, $50.1 million.  That’s an overpay, but it’s what the market dictated, and the Cowboys were kind of desperate to bring in a legitimate corner.  Good signing, out of necessity.  Carr will be a monumental upgrade over Terence Newman, who was a disaster in 2011.
  • The other big news was the loss of Laurent Robinson.  The Jags signed him away for a 5 year deal worth $32.5 million. Terrible contract. I’m not sure if Dallas couldn’t or simply didn’t want to pay Robinson that kind of money, but either way, this is a case where you just let the guy go.
  • Bengals LG Nate Livings will be visiting Dallas.
  • Kyle Orton signed with the Cowboys.  35-34 record as a starter.
  • The Cowboys signed some dude that (I’ll be honest here) I’ve never heard of. His name is Mackenzy Bernadeau.  He’s a guard.  I’m going to do something that hurts my very soul – Since I don’t know a thing about this guy, I’m going to give you Pro Football Focus’ grades for him. (Nothing against PFF here, by the way. Their snap counts are invaluable. I just put very little stock in their grading system. OK, so there’s a little against PFF, I guess).  Anyway, in 2009, Bernadeau played 515 snaps, and PFF gave him a grade of -13.7.  In 2010, he played 771 snaps, and PFF gave him a grade of -10.5.  In 2011, in would appear he lost his starting job, as he played 125 snaps and had a grade of +3.4.  Apparently, he was drafted in 2008 in the 7th round out of Bentley University.  Apologies for my egregious lack of knowledge here.
  • They also signed Lawrence Vickers. Surprising move. They just tendered Tony Fiametta with a 4th round tender, so I’m not sure where Vickers/Fiametta fit in with the Cowboys’ plans at FB. Both players are lead blockers only. You’re not going to hand either of them the football and neither is going to catch 20 passes in a season for you. I suppose they’ll battle it out in camp. I can’t see the Cowboys going with two fullbacks this season.  Update: Oops, despite several reports that the Cowboys had tendered Fiametta, it appears they did not. The move to sign Vickers now makes more sense.
  • LaRon Landry is visiting the Patriots this weekend.
  • Interesting note on the Pierre Garcon signing.  Garcon apparently said that if the Skins hadn’t made the trade to acquire RG3, he would have signed in San Diego.  Shortly after the Skins made that deal, I wrote that the Skins now having a selling point to free agents:

The Redskins now have a selling point in free agency.  Ever since the Super Bowl ended and the football community turned its attention to the offseason, I’ve seen a cavalcade of current NFL players throw in their two cents on Robert Griffin III.  I’ve yet to see a single one that hasn’t absolutely raved about his game.  Just this morning, both Stevie Johnson and Roddy White were on NFLN saying they’d take RG3 over Andrew Luck.  Johnson was gushing over RG3′s ability to turn a busted play into a 60 yard gain.  White chose instead to gush over RG3 having the “beautifulest deep balls.”  And yes, he said “beautifulest.”  With a big ??? at QB, the Redskins would have likely had to severely overpay to get players in free agency.  Now… at the very least, they have the young buck that current vets already respect.

  • Brandon Meriweather is reportedly visiting the Skins today. He also has a scheduled visit planned with the Jets.  Personally, I wouldn’t want that guy anywhere near my locker room.

Continued after the jump…

  • Eddie Royale with cheese will now be flying cross-country to visit the Chargers.  The Redskins brass wined and dined him at Mortons Steakhouse Tuesday night, but apparently couldn’t close the deal. More free meals for Royal upcoming on the West coast.  To my knowledge, the Skins didn’t sign any more WR’s.  If Royal comes to terms with the Bolts, maybe the Skins will sign three more WR’s today to compensate.
  • Evan Mathis is visiting the Ravens, and appears to have interest from a number of other teams, including the Redskins.  Methinks he’s going elsewhere.
  • The Eagles finally made some serious noise yesterday when they signed DeSean Jackson to a long term deal.  The contract is almost unanimously being viewed as “team-friendly.”
  • Shortly after DeSean signed, Tampa Bay DT Gerald McCoy caused a stir when he tweeted that Curtis Lofton was going to the Eagles.  It was later shot down.
  • New deal for Trent Cole.  Great player, well deserved.
  • The Eagles traded Winston Justice to the Colts.  They basically moved up 15 spots in the 6th round.  Woohoooo!  This kinda reminds me of a trade the Eagles made with the Patriots a year ago.  They traded Tracy White and a 7 in 2012 for the Pats’ 6 in 2012.  Hey, it’s something.
  • The Eagles cut Jamaal Jackson.  So long, JamJax.  Great guy, great pro, good player.  I hope he finds a home somewhere.
  • The Giants remain quiet.  The only real newsworthy move was to sign Martellus Bennett and David Carr.  Marty B’s comment: “People leave Dell all the time to go work for Mac.”  Still trying to figure out if that’s a shot at the Cowboys or not.  I don’t think it is.
  • WR Kevin Ogletree will be visiting the Giants.
  • The Giants also signed OT Joel Rinders and TE Larry Donnell.  I don’t know a thing about either guy, but it’s my understanding that neither has any NFL experience.
  • Jeremy Shockey apparently wants to come back to the Giants.  That interest isn’t mutual.
  • Mario Manningham will visit the Niners today.

Another busy day ahead today!  I’ll be on it all day again.


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        Eric Wright got 7.5 Million, Jimmy….and he’s horrible. The market is what it is for WR’s and CB’s sadly.

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