As more and more high-profile NFL free agency targets come off the board, new teams are stepping up the spending. The Chicago Bears signed their third former Cowboy and the Indianapolis Colts kept their franchise happy. Who else got help?
Tennessee Titans Get Experienced Linebacker Barrett Ruud from Tampa
New head coach Mike Munchak is an offensive line guru but he appreciates the value of what defense does for a team. He strengthened that fact when his Tennessee Titans added former Buccaneer Barrett Ruud to the weak linebacking corps. It was a major feat considering Tampa Bay pushed very hard to bring the six-year veteran back.
Indianapolis Colts Re-sign Peyton Manning for $90 Million then Ink Joseph Addai
The express purpose of the new Peyton Manning contract was to open cap space so the Indianapolis Colts could continue adding pieces. Though they made the playoffs last season they were far from the dominant Colt teams of yester year. Keeping Manning and bringing back multipurpose running back Joseph Addai are two steps ensuring they get back to that.
New York Giants Start Filling Fractured Offensive Line with guard David Baas
Absent of stability in the heart of the offensive line, Eli Manning appeared vulnerable against the menacing presence of the NFC East pass rush. Thankfully the New York Giants started restocking their depleted front through NFL free agency when they added 49er David Baas at guard.
Washington Redskins take DT Barry Cofield from division rival Giants
Already the Home of Discarded Wide Receivers, the Washington Redskins switched back to defense when they gained valuable information and talent from their division rivals in New York by inking defensive tackle Barry Cofield. A pass rushing specialist, Cofield fixes as a good veteran presence that can help Redskins star linebacker Brian Orakpo generate more sacks.
Oakland Raiders "Island of Misfit Toys" Picks up Journeyman Trent Edwards
Failing experiments in Buffalo and Jacksonville, quarterback Trent Edwards becomes the latest reclamation project for Al Davis and the Oakland Raiders. Now backing up Jason Campbell, Edwards hopes to become another in a long line of great comeback stories out of the Oakland storybooks.
Seattle Seahawks announce Tavaris Jackson will be Starting Quarterback
Coach Pete Carroll always had great quarterback talent at USC. Sadly NFL free agency is making that fact irrelevant in the pros. Days after losing longtime start Matt Hasselbeck the Seattle Seahawks released an announcement that Tavaris Jackson will be their starting quarterback. Jackson didn't impress many people in Minnesota and now no longer has Adrian Peterson as a security blanket, which makes Seattle fans all the more nervous.
Chicago Bears Add Punch to Running Game with Ex-Cowboy Marion Barber
Six seasons as a physical running back can take a toll on a body. Just ask Earl Campbell. Still, many fans forget how the Chicago Bears had serious issues in short yardage situations last season despite going to the NFC Championship. So to solve that problem they signed renowned power runner Marion Barber from Dallas who has been one of the best backs in short yardage since he entered the league six years ago. It's a two-year deal for a modest $5 million, giving Barber incentive to stay healthy.
NFL free agency hasn't slowed down or lost interest. Dozens of talented player remain available. Stay tuned for further updates.