There was a lot of movement this offseason including some high profile players. Probably the biggest name to switch teams was QB Donovan McNabb going to D.C after 11 years with the Philadelphia Eagles
Every year around the NFL there is one guarantee, “Change”. Whether it is players, assistant coaches, head coaches, or front-office types every NFL team’s roster is constantly changing like an ameba. Fans and media often wonder why teams need so many offseason workouts (OTAs, passing camps, etc). Well… the reason for the increased number of workouts in the offseason is that teams need as much “getting to know you” opportunities as possible to meld so many new faces together in a short period of time. Training camps just are not long enough anymore to get so many new faces on the same page in order to be “competitive” for the upcoming season.
Typically teams have 15 or more new players each season due to retirements, cuts, the draft, and free agency – this year the Washington Redskins lead the way with 20+ new faces including a new general manager (Bruce Allen), head coach Mike Shanahan, and quarterback (Donovan McNabb). Surprisingly after there were 11 new head coaches in 2009, there are only three new head coaches – four if you include Oakland Raiders taking away Tom Cable’s “interim” HC label — for the 2010 NFL Season (Buffalo Bills Chan Gailey, Seattle Seahawks Pete Carroll and Shanahan).
Some bigger names in new places for 2010 are:
Washington Redskins QB Donovan McNabb – The 11-year veteran was traded from the Philadelphia Eagles for a 2nd Rd (37) in 2010 and a 3rd or 4th in 2011. McNabb will be heading down I-95 to help revive the 4-12 Redskins while their division rivals will now turn to Kevin Kolb to be their starter.
Miami Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall – The volatile, but talented pass catcher was traded by the Denver Broncos for 2nd rounders in 2010 and 2011. Marshall also was extended by Miami with the terms four-years, $47.5 million dollars with $24M Guaranteed. It will be interesting to see if the former Broncos perennial 100-catch receiver is fully recovered from off-season hip surgery once training camp starts.
New York Jets WR Santonio Holmes – After being a major P.I.T.A during his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Rooney’s had seen enough. In a total surprise, the Steelers sent their former Super Bowl hero to the NY Jets for a measly 5th round pick in 2010. Even though Holmes will have to serve a 4-game suspension to start the 2010 season, the NY Jets are confident that Braylon Edwards, TE Dustin Keller, and he can form a solid receiving corps for young passer Mark Sanchez.
Chicago Bears DE Julius Peppers – The high-motor sack artist and easily 2010’s Free Agency “Big Fish” was signed by the Bears from Carolina Panthers (six-years, $91.5 million dollar contract with 30M guaranteed). After signing Peppers, the Bears released former starter Alex Brown (signed w/ New Orleans Saints). Chicago is hoping that Peppers is motivated enough to eclipse his 2009 sack total of 10 1/2.
Seattle Seahawks QB Charlie Whitehurst — This former unproven backup was traded by the San Diego Chargers to Seattle. The two teams swapped second-round picks in 2010 and the Seahawks will send a future 3rd RD pick to the Chargers. Seattle then extended Whitehurst with the terms $8M over two years, with another $2M available in incentives.
Chicago Bears RB Chester Taylor – After spending the last couple years as an under-utilized backup to Pro Bowl RB Adrian Peterson, Taylor will be a chance for more carries with the Bears. The Viking unrestricted free agent signed a four-year, $12.5 million dollar contract that contains $7 million in guarantees in the first year. Look for Taylor and 3rd-year back Matt Forte to form a lethal combination backfield like the Panthers’ DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart.
Arizona Cardinals OG Alan Faneca – After the NY Jets decided that this former Pro Bowl player wasn’t needed after drafting some younger players. Former Steelers coaches Ken Whisenhunt and Russ Grimm were more than happy to sign Faneca to help young running back Chris “Beanie” Wells. The 33-year old road grader was signed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal, which included a $300,000 signing bonus and a $100,000 workout bonus.
Arizona Cardinals S Kerry Rhodes – The NY Jets kicked Rhodes out of Rex Ryan’s doghouse by trading him for a 4th in ’10 and a 7th in ’11. The Cardinals were excited to have him to team with Pro Bowler Adrian Wilson as shown by Rhodes’ five-year, $33.5 million extension.
Atlanta Falcons CB Dunta Robinson – Former first round pick was signed from the Houston Texans as an unrestricted free agent (six-year, $57 million dollars, w/ $25.5 million dollars in guarantees). The Falcons are expecting Robinson to play close to NY Jets Pro Bowler Darrelle Revis, who always shadows his opponent’s best receiver.
Baltimore Ravens WR Anquan Boldin – The former multiple-time Pro Bowl receiver was traded along with a 5th Rd selection by the Arizona Cardinals for 3rd and 4th-round picks in the 2010 NFL Draft.
NY Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson – Signed from the San Diego Chargers after being cut (two-years, $5.2 million contract w/ another $500,000 is available via incentives)
Kansas City Chiefs RB Thomas Jones – After surprisingly being cut, the Chiefs signed the former NY Jets leading rusher with the terms two-years, $5.5M — $3 million dollars this season, $2M in 2011, and has $500,000 incentives)
Other high profile off-season moves:
NY Jets CB Antonio Cromartie (Traded by the Chargers for a 2011 3rd RD pick)
Cleveland Browns Football Czar Mike Holmgren (former Seattle GM/Head Coach and Super Bowl winner with the Packers)
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan (former Super Bowl-winning head coach for the Denver Broncos)
Detroit Lions OG Rob Sims (Traded from Seattle – 5th Rd in 2010)
Detroit Lions TE Tony Scheffler (Traded by Denver along w/ a seventh-round pick for a 5th Rd in 2010)
Jacksonville Jaguars DE Aaron Kampman (Packers – FA, four-year, $24 million w/ $11 million in the first year)
Baltimore Ravens WR Donte Stallworth (Signed after the Cleveland Browns cut him)
Miami Dolphins LB Karlos Dansby (Cardinals – FA, 5-year, $43 million w/ $22M guaranteed)
Chicago Bears OC Mike Martz (after one year in studio, the “Mad Scientist” returns with a new team and trigger-happy quarterback in Jay Cutler)
Denver Broncos QB Brady Quinn (traded from the Browns to provide competition for Kyle Orton, but Tebow is in the wings)
New England Patriots WR Torry Holt (long-time Rams Pro Bowl receiver left the Jags for New England, 1-yr, $1.7M)
New Orleans Saints DE Alex Brown (Bears – FA, two-year for $6M)
NY Giants DB Antrel Rolle (Cardinals – FA, 5-year, $37 million with $15 million guaranteed)
NY Jets safety Brodney Pool (Browns – FA, one-year, $1.3 million dollar contract)
NY Jets DE/OLB Jason Taylor (former Dolphins leading sacker)
Oakland Raiders DE/OLB Kamerion Wimbley (Traded from the Cleveland Browns for a 3rd RD in 2010)
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antwaan Randle El (Redskins – cut)
Cincinnati Bengals WR Matt Jones (Signed Street F\A — JAX)
Cincinnati Bengals CB Adam “Pacman” Jones (Cowboys – FA, 2-year deal)
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Larry Foote (Lions — 3-year, $9.3 million w/ $1.8M signing bonus)
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Byron Leftwich (Traded by the Bucs – 7th Rd pick in 2010)
Arizona Cardinals OLB Joey Porter (Signed after being cut by the Dolphins)
Pittsburgh Steelers CB Bryant McFadden (Traded by the Cardinals)
SF 49ers WR/KR Ted Ginn Jr (Traded by the Dolphins for a 5th Rd in 2010)
Seattle Seahawks WR Mike Williams (Signed as a F\A – Last players for Titans in 2007)
Tennessee Titans LB Will Witherspoon (Eagles – FA, three-year, $11M w/ $5M guaranteed)
Washington Redskins OT Jammal Brown (Traded from the Saints)
Denver Broncos QB Tim Tebow (I know this former Heisman winner is a rookie, but he already was a houehold name after being college football’s Superman for 4 years)