Recapping Day 1 of free agency in the NFC East

Very quiet start to free agency for the NFC East. Here’s what happened yesterday:

Eagles

The Eagles signed 5 players, mostly under-the-radar guys:

  • James Casey, TE, Texans – I wrote about Casey yesterday. At the time, I hadn’t heard the financial details. It turns out that Casey signed for 3 years, $14.5. That’s pretty steep. In 4 years with the Texans, Casey had 66 catches for 752 yards and 4 TD. That tells me the Eagles have every intention of using him quite a bit in their offense, and they see more in him than the Texans did. 
  • Bradley Fletcher, CB, Rams – Tommy and I talked quite a bit (in comparison to the other 50 or so free agents we discussed) in our free agency podcast last week. Really interesting player/situation. I’ll have a lot more on Fletcher a little later today.
  • Patrick Chung, S, Patriots – Chung played for Chip Kelly at Oregon. I have no idea how much that factored in to Kelly bringing him to Philly. Chung is a bigtime hitter. I’ve only really had a chance to check out his highlight reels so far, but he has a lot of big shots. (Some are little dirty, in my opinion). Whenever I needed to feel safe, I used to put on some soothing music, light a candle, and sit down in the Eagles secondary. Chung will make the Eagles secondary a little more uncomfortable.
  • Isaac Sopoaga, NT, 49ers – Sopoaga will be a situational run defender. He’ll turn 32 in September. The Eagles didn’t have a legitimate NT on their roster that could be counted on to play any kind of meaningful role at all. Now they do, although I don’t think that Sopoaga’s presence on the roster means they won’t continue to look to upgrade the position in the draft if a player they like is available. This seems more like a move where the Eagles thought “Let’s just make sure we have somebody filling that hole, just in case it doesn’t get addressed otherwise.”
  • Jason Phillips, LB, Panthers – Phillips has bounced around a bit. This will be his 3rd team after being drafted by the Ravens in the 5th round in 2009. Likely a special teamer / role player only.

Redskins

  • The Skins re-signed Sav Rocca and Kedric Golston. Woohooo! You know who really hates that the Redskins got hit with that cap penalty? Agents.
  • The agent for Lorenzo Alexander wrote the following on Twitter: “New teams for clients @JoshCribbs16 @onemangang97  @jordanbabineaux.” “@onemanganag97″ is Alexander. I guess that means that Alexander won’t be re-signing with the Skins. Significant loss – Great special teamer and role player.

Giants

  • Martellus Bennett is now a Bear. No biggie. The Giants will plug in a new moderately priced TE, and that guy will go for at least 500 yards. 
  • Chris Canty signed with the Ravens.
  • No action on Victor Cruz yet, who could possibly get some attention in the RFA market once the free-for-all begins to calm down.
  • Update: Forgot the Giants signed Aaron Ross. This is a move I like for them. I assume it’s a low money deal. Ross knows the defense, obviously, and played well his last year in NJ. Depth only.

Cowboys

  • Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

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  2. DaCrock says:

    The G-Men also signed Josh Brown and parted ways with Lawrence Tynes.

  3. Olskool1972 says:

    Agents getting mad the Skins have no cap money can thank John Mara. He did a great job of looking out for the best interest of his own team by penalizing the Skins even though he couldn’t get the draft picks taken away the Skins used to get RG3 which was his real objective.

    1. giantsfan says:

      *backs away slowly*

    2. Brian says:

      I don’t know about the draft pick part, but I have to agree, the cap space thing was total BS. Snyder has standing to sue; that shit is/was blatant collusion.

  4. Jerrys point says:

    You right Cowboys Sleeping on these FA”s aint no Brandon Carr”s on this List JustA bunch of over da hill guys!

  5. RogerPodacter says:

    jimmy, is it possible to find out more about Casey’s contract, as far as the bonuses and salary for each year?

    the way i see it, the team has SO MUCH cap space this year and they have to use up a good amount of it (there is a minimum, right?). my guess is that Casey, and probably the others, got deals with a lot of money up front in the first year with much more reasonable numbers for the remainder of the contract.

    if there is a minimum, and they don’t get it by paying their players, what are they going to do? restructure someones contract to give them more money this year?? i guess that also makes some long term financial sense now that i think about it lol

    1. I would agree. That’s the logical strategy. Eaglescap.com will have it eventually.

      1. Saief Abbassi says:

        If you frontload the contract too much you run the risk of the player holding out for more money in the future years. You also run the risk of not getting 100% from a player if most of the salary is earned in the first year or two of the contract.

        1. You only run that risk if the player is playing really well, so you’d typically be OK with that downside.

          On the second point, I think that’s part of the evaluation process. It’s the job of the FO to determine what kind of person you’re committing to.

  6. Giants “biggest move” was signing Aaron Ross

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