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The NFL started the new year yesterday and, as is transitional, this also meant that the free agency kicked off. The mere mention of NFL free agency has been enough to send pundits and fans alike to spin out of control with excitement ever since Super Bowl 50 was over. Sure, the NFL Combine was a welcome distraction, but free agency is the first really major thing to happen in any given NFL year. And this season’s first day did not disappoint.
One of the biggest stories of the day were the moves the Philadelphia Eagles made, and there have been a few. They moved Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso to the Miami Dolphins for their first round pick in the upcoming draft. They also sent running back DeMarco Murray to the Tennessee Titans for a Round 4 pick. The Eagles then signed on two free agents, Leodis McKelvin and Rodney McLeod. They are really trying to forget all about Chip Kelly Era as soon as possible.
The New York Giants were also quick on the trigger, signing Janoris Jenkins and Damon Harrison, as well as Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul, whom they resigned. The moves may seem like all the right choices, but apart from resigning Pierre-Paul, the new contracts definitely cost the Giants a tad too much. Somehow, you get the feeling they were signing people just to sign someone.
Veteran tight end Ben Watson got what is probably his last big payday, from the Baltimore Ravens who signed him for two years and $8 million, mostly due to the great season he had last year. The New Orleans Saints signed tight end Coby Fleener, handing over $36 million for 5 years in a move they had to make after aforementioned Watson left them.
There have been a number of other moves, but the one that ended up being the biggest story of the day was the contract quarterback Brock Osweiler signed with the Houston Texans. Namely, the Texans gave him $72 million over 4 years. At face value, getting a quarterback who had just won the Super Bowl the season before for that kind of money was the steal of the free agency. However, when you scratch the surface a bit, you realize that he started only 7 games for the Denver Broncos last season and had numbers that were more or less the same as those put up by the Texans’ own QB last year, Brian Hoyer. This one could go both ways, definitely.
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