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: March 02, 2009, 01:50:45 AM



Posted by Sean Leahy at 12:19 AM/ET, March 02, 2009 
Sunday, March 1, 2009

Winners and losers from NFL free agency opening weekend
USA TODAY examines the winners and losers from the first weekend of the NFL's free agency:




WINNERS
-- Kansas City Chiefs: They gave their team direction and a new leader by acquiring QB Matt Cassel from New England. Best of all, they gave up just the 34th pick in the draft -- a head-scratcher as news emerged that the Patriots could have had better deals, possibly including a mid-level first-rounder, from other teams. The Chiefs also brought in veteran LB Mike Vrabel. At 33, his value may be in imparting the Scott Pioli system to the young Kansas City team.

-- New York Giants: Already flush with talented defenders such as Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka, the Giants added three more pass-rushing components that could make them the most fearsome quarterback-flatteners in the league. Former Cowboys DE Chris Canty crossed the line in the NFC East, and DT Rocky Bernard and LB Michael Boley also joined Tom Coughlin's crew.

-- New York Jets: New coach Rex Ryan corralled a point man for his new defense when he convinced Bart Scott to leave Baltimore. The Jets also acquired CB Lito Sheppard from the Eagles. He could start right away opposite Darrell Revis. And though they lost out on G Chris Kemoeatu to the Steelers , the Jets brought G Brandon Moore back at a more affordable price. A good weekend for the new Jets regime.

-- Washington Redskins: Returning to their roots, the Redskins struck first and fast in free agency when they agreed to a $100 million deal with DT Albert Haynesworth by breakfast time on Friday. Haynesworth, next to DEs Andre Carter and Jason Taylor, should help improve the Redskins' pass rush. Washington also kept CB DeAngelo Hall with a $54 million deal shortly in the wee hours Friday morning and brought back G Derrick Dockery, cut by Buffalo after he left the Redskins two years ago for a big-money deal.






LOSERS
-- Arizona Cardinals: Simply by not having QB Kurt Warner signed yet, the Cardinals earn this distinction. Warner has made it clear he wants to return, and the Cardinals' backup option, Matt Leinart, has not proven he can lift the team to the same level as Warner. The veteran QB is scheduled to visit San Francisco on Monday. And every day he spends away from the Cardinals, he could get more comfortable with the idea of suiting up for another team in 2009.

-- Baltimore Ravens: Seeing LB Bart Scott join former coordinator Rex Ryan with the Jets will sting. And the departure, even if it was expected, of center Jason Brown to the Rams will weaken the offensive line. LB Ray Lewis could be headed back to Baltimore, now that the market for his services has dried up. But there's repair work needed for his relationship with the team after the longtime Ravens stalwart flirted with other teams. On the bright side, Baltimore added CB Domonique Foxworth.

-- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Yes, they brought in TE Kellen Winslow. But the team that entered the weekend with the most salary cap room got stuck holding a giant bag of money. Beaten to the punch on Albert Haynesworth by the Redskins, the Bucs couldn't muscle their way into the Matt Cassel sweepstakes despite being able to offer New England better compensation than Kansas City. With all their cap room, the Bucs still have time to rebound, and targeting Broncos QB Jay Cutler can't be ruled out. But as opening weekends go, the Bucs have got to be disappointed.





JURY'S OUT
-- Denver Broncos: They stole safety Brian Dawkins from the Eagles, but they may have opened up a rift with QB Jay Cutler, who alleged the team tried to trade him to acquire Matt Cassel. Dawkins can still play, and should raise the level of others in the Denver backfield. His former Philly teammate, Correll Buckhalter, and ex-Patriots receiver Jabar Gaffney also add depth to the offense. But the extent of Cutler's dissatisfaction level is not yet known, and his place in Denver is uncertain even though the team says it's not trying to trade him.

-- New England Patriots: Shouldn't they have gotten more than the 34th pick for Matt Cassel? Or was clearing salary-cap space (perhaps to set up more moves) part of the relief in the trade of the QB? The Patriots signed RB Fred Taylor, TE Chris Baker and re-signed safety James Sanders, but they also lost LS Lonie Paxton and WR Jabar Gaffney to the Broncos.


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#1 : March 02, 2009, 01:58:51 AM

He makes a good point on all of those and I agree with one exception.....the Redskins.    Their history and the three big contracts they gave out so far have to at least put them on the Jury's Out list and in a year from now they'll be on the "what were they thinking" list IMO.


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#2 : March 02, 2009, 02:28:49 AM

Losers: Redskins. Hall got ridiculously overpaid, and $100 million on one man is ridiculous.


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#3 : March 02, 2009, 08:37:25 AM

Kellen Winslow was not a FA, so he doesn't even figure in the FA weekend equation.

We signed Clayton.......OMG, we are doomed.




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#4 : March 02, 2009, 08:43:52 AM

Plus, according to DTG, the Redskins may have "cheated" on Haynesworth.  That said, I'm glad we didn't dump that type money on one guy.

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#5 : March 02, 2009, 09:09:18 AM

No way Haynesworth is worth that type of money, glad they passed on him.

In all fairness fans expect far too much from FA.  Very few teams make significant impact in FA to change their fortunes.  Most of the players available have technically been released by their previous teams, and the few premium guys want ridiculous franchise crippling type contracts.

The Bucs need to spend wisely and build slowly through the draft.





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#6 : March 02, 2009, 09:19:06 AM

The Eagles have done nothing but lose players and have added nobody to help McNabb.  How are they not listed as losers in that article?
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