NFL free agency 2015: The trades
Right… Let’s take a deep breath & look at some of the craziness that has taken place at the start of the NFL 2015 free agency. I will attempt to update this as & when big moves happen. Anyway let’s look at the trades.
Seahawks trade Max Unger and a 1st round pick to the Saints for Jimmy Graham and a 4th round pick.
Okay, anyone see this coming? The Saints get arguably the best center in the league & an extra 1st to rebuild a defence that is in desperate need for some attention, whilst getting rid of a huge contract. That being said they now have to deal with Max Unger’s contract which I believe to be around the $5m mark for 2015 & whatever they end up paying 2x 1st round picks, so still some work to do in New Orleans. One thing is for certain, the Saints want to run the ball.
Seattle get one of the top tight ends in the league and more importantly a big target for Wilson, who himself is due a potentially massive contract. The Seahawks do however lose a 1st round pick. Is this important? Well let’s look at their 1st rounders since 2009. Aaron Curry, Russell Okung, Earl Thomas, James Carpenter & Bruce Irvin, of which only Thomas has been a game changer. The Seahawks do best picking up players in the later rounds.
Eagles trade Nick Foles to the Rams for Sam Bradford.
The Eagles get a player that has struggled to stay healthy after being picked 1st overall in the 2010 draft and a player that doesn’t appear to fit in with what they want to do in Philly. I’m not going to lie…I don’t really get it, but let’s just see what happens. If we see the Eagles in the Superbowl, we’ll all forget how crazy we thought he was, so for the time being let’s give him the benefit of the doubt.
St Louis gain a QB that if fit could be a solid player on a team that has desperately lacked stability at the QB position.
However you look at though, this is a pretty crazy trade.
update: the Rams gave away a 5th round pick, the Eagles send back a 4th in 2015 & 2nd in 2016. Nope I don’t get it either.
Ravens trade Haloti Ngata to the Lions for a 4th & 5th round pick.
The Ravens needed cap space. The Lions needed a versatile Defensive Tackle that could potentially play in a 3-4 defence after having to let Suh go. Ngata does come with a $16m a year price tag, but if they can keep him healthy, they’ve got a hell of Defensive Line player.
Eagles trade LeSean McCoy to the Bills for Kiko Alonso
This is old news now but let’s talk about the effects it’ll have on the teams. The Bills get a proven running back and with the addition of Jerome Felton it is pretty clear that they want to run the ball. However McCoy struggled a little last season with a league low 2.3 yards per carry last year. The Bills then restructured his contract freeing up some cap space this year but giving him $26m in guaranteed money. Rex Ryan better hope he can return to his old form.
The Eagles lose another offensive weapon and with Maclin almost certainly on his way out, they’re running out of talent on offence. On defence however things are looking up. Kiko Alonso had an outstanding rookie season, but missed 2014 with injury. If he can recapture some of his 2013 magic, he’ll add some serious talent to a line-backer group which includes Mychal Kendrick and Connor Barwin. The jury is definitely out on the Eagles, but there is no doubt they’re making moves, hopefully in the right direction if you’re an Eagles fan.