Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Free Agency Updates: New League Year Starts with a Bang

Breaking news out of Miami is that star wide receiver Brandon Marshall has been traded to the Chicago Bears for two 3rd round picks. Marshall is an elite wideout, something the Bears have been severely lacking for years. The trade will reunite Jay Cutler with Marshall. The two had good chemistry while both were members of the Denver Broncos. Chicago just made a great trade, giving up very little for a star player. The only thing that concerns me is that two teams have now moved on from Marshall, even with his talent level.

In other big news, the Chargers have officially cut McNeil and several other players today. This was to be expected to clear room on the salary cap. San Diego has not yet resigned Jared Gaither, so for now, Brandyn Dombrowski at the top of the depth chart at left tackle. Some continuity has returned to the offensive line as center Nick Hardwick signed a new 3 year contract. Hardwick stated that he was happy to be back and would like to finish his career in San Diego. Hardwick has been quarterback Philip Rivers center from day 1.

Buffalo had been talking about making some aggressive moves in free agency, and they were not kidding. DE/OLB Mario Williams of the Houston Texans and WR Robert Meachem of the Saints are both visiting Buffalo tonight. Buffalo could really use and upgrade in their pass rush and needs a talented wideout opposite recently resigned Stevie Johnson.

I will keep posting updates on free agency as it happens, but here is a great link from nfl.com with great information on the latest free agency news.

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