So while I am waiting rather impatiently for Nnamdi Asomugha to announce his decision to create a powerhouse with Darrelle Revis, I have five, in my opinion, rather large player moves in the NFL. Vince Young to the Eagles (to backup Michael Vick), Chad Ochocinco to the Patriots, Darren Sproles to the Saints, Kevin Kolb to the Cardinals, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the Eagles, Sidney Rice to the Seahawks.
First off, the 2005 Heisman Trophy runner-up (losing to Reggie bush), ex-Titan, Vince Young.
A year ago, Vince Young was a starter for the Tennessee Titans. Now he’ll serve as a backup for the Philadelphia Eagles after reaching a one-year deal with the team. He’ll be backup to Michael Vick, but fatass Andy Reid knows talent at a discount price when he sees it. We know Vince Young is gifted, and Jeff Fisher, now also removed from the Titans, never gave him the respect that he should have had.
How do I feel about this move? In a year or two when the Vick well has started to run dry, Young will be there to take the reigns for the Eagles. And backup Kevin Kolb? Gone to the Cardinals, as I’ll discuss later in this blog entry.
Chad Ochocinco‘s next stop is New England after an offseason in which he had a soccer tryout, rode a bull, took a spin in a race car and waited to be traded. That wait ended yesterday when the outspoken wide receiver was dealt to the Patriots, a team coached by Bill Belichick, who closely monitors, and tries to control, his players’ public comments. However after removing Randy Moss last year, I’m surprised to see #85 in New England. They have agreed to a new three-year contract, in exchange for a pair of late-round draft picks in return.
How do I feel about this move? Well I am not a fan of
Justin Bieber Tom Brady, but the deep threat is back now in the AFC-East division. However, once the Jets grab Asomugha, Ochocinco is going to be back on Revis Island, or even worst with the ex-Raider.
I should mention, I now have a black & orange #85 Ochocinco Bengals jersey available for sale. ;)
The Saints didn’t wait long to replace Reggie Bush, right? The addition of Darren Sproles, who you can argue is a better and more durable version of Bush, is going to make Sean Payton‘s offense even more dynamic. His presence is bad news for Pierre Thomas, who would have seen more work behind Mark Ingram but is now destined to see fewer touches. The Saints crowded backfield remains so, and fantasy players should still be wary of anyone who isn’t named Drew Brees.
How do I feel about this move? Oh, come on. You got rid of Reggie bush only to replace him with a less talented version. Sproles can return kickoffs like Bush, and that’s all he’ll be doing for New Orleans in 2011.
Kevin Kolb is a #1 quarterback again. The Philadelphia Eagles have traded Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick in 2012. Kolb began last season as the heir-apparent to Donovan McNabb in Philadelphia, but he went down with a concussion in the opener, losing his job to Michael Vick in the process. The Cardinals have been looking for an answer at quarterback since Kurt Warner retired following the 2009 season.
Rodgers-Cromartie, who went to the Pro Bowl in 2009, will play opposite four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel. Good luck to anyone in the NFC-East. I’m looking at you, Eli Manning & Tony Romo. The Eagles struggled against the pass last year, allowing a franchise-record 31 touchdowns in the air. Ellis Hobbs began the season as the starter before sustaining a career-threatening injury. “He’s a Pro Bowl-caliber player, he’s explosive, he’s got great ball skills, he’ll fit well with the kind of philosophy we’re running on defense,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said of Rodgers-Cromartie, who hasn’t played right corner before. “He’s also got great height, so he’s able to match up with bigger receivers, rare speed. An explosive guy. Knows how to break on the ball. Can press. Can play off. Can play all sorts of coverages, and in our defense, we want him to do those sorts of things.
How do I feel about this move? Ridiculous. I feel that DRC is far more valuable than a quarterback without much experience. At leas tthe 49ers won’t have difficulty in the passing game against the Cardinals. I mean, assuming they have a passing game, what with Michael Crabtree being a wimpy “oww my foot hurts again” washout.
Goodbye, elite Viking passing game. Too bad Donovan McNabb lost his best wide receiver as he moves to Minnesota. The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to a five-year, $41 million contract with wide receiver Sidney Rice. While Matt Hasselback has moved on to the Titans, Tavaris Jackson has moved to Seattle. That should be a nice match, as both QB and WR hail from the Vikings, and will be comfortable with each other already.
How do I feel about this move? Not that Seattle has a massive passing attack, so the 49ers won’t be too threatened. How much did Larry Fitzgerald do for the Cardinals last year? Exactly. And now my Packers will have one less elite wideout in their division.