1) Ray Edwards to Atlanta. The biggest complaint people have had about Ray Edwards is they question if he can get to the QB on his own. Instead of finding out by signing with a team like Cleveland (he’s from Ohio), he chose to go to a Super Bowl contender that has a stud defensive end in John Abraham. Let’s not forget to mention that Atlanta’s biggest need was at defensive end so for them to come up big in free agency is huge. Look for the Falcons to make another deep run into January.
2) Vonta Leach to Baltimore. It was hard for Houston to let Vonta Leach walk. He isn’t a household name but he helped pave the way for Arian Foster and his monster season. Easily one of the best lead blockers in the NFL, he fits Baltimore’s demeanor. Ray Rice is probably the happiest person in the world right now knowing he’s going to have a personal bodyguard leading the way to a monster season. If Rice doesn’t get 1,500 yards rushing I consider it a disappointment.
3) Houston NOT signing Nnamdi Asomugha. Some may be curious about this but hear me out. Nnamdi went for approximately $12 million a season. Houston ended up with Johnathan Joseph for about $9.5 million and Danieal Manning for around $5 million. Nnamdi would have been a huge signing, but Houston was able to sign a pro bowl caliber cornerback and a safety who didn’t allow a TD thrown against him. Signing Nnamdi would of meant being stuck with a much worse player at safety. What good is an all pro corner if the rest of your secondary sucks?
4) The New England trades. The rich get richer. Most teams wouldn’t be able to handle Haynesworth or Ocho Cinco, let alone on the same team. However, the Patriots are experts at meshing “troubled” talent in with their team (Corey Dillon, Randy Moss). Ocho Cinco is still talented and will be deadly with Brady at QB. Take it from a Texans fan on Haynesworth; the guy is an absolute monster when motivated. Considering they got both players for cheap makes this an absolute steal.
5) The Eagles’ QB rotation. Philly made a lot of big moves so instead of drooling over all of them, I picked my favorite of the bunch. Trading Kolb for a second round pick as well as a young, pro-bowl caliber cornerback is a huge move, especially considering Kolb isn’t a proven commodity yet. Instead of going into the season with former 5th round pick Mike Kafka as the backup, they end up signing Vince Young. I personally think Young is overrated, but if Philly can work with him and build him up they can probably find another trade partner and get more players or picks.