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    The pace of free agency has been faster than ever.

    More than 70 players moved to new teams in the first four days. The Indianapolis Colts have signed seven free agents, and six could become starters. The Philadelphia Eagles may not be building Dream Team 2.0, but they have added nine players to coach Chip Kelly's new roster. As expected, the Miami Dolphins have been the most aggressive team.

    Here are the five things we have learned since the opening of free agency.

    1. The $6 million battleground: More than ever before, teams are being cap-cautious. Only so many big contracts can fit in a $123 million cap that is destined to be flat until maybe 2015 or 2016.Few teams can fit more than eight $6 million-a-year contracts in that cap in any one season. To get $6 million a year, you have to be either young and talented, or a hot commodity. Mike Wallace got $12 million a year from the Miami Dolphins because he has speed and the Dolphins had to find a No. 1 receiver to replace Brandon Marshall. Percy Harvin got a six-year, $61 million deal after the Seahawks figured he was the one piece on offense that could get them closer to the Super Bowl.Teams paid a premium for tackles. Chicago rewarded Jermon Bushrod, the Colts signed Gosder Cherilus (Indianapolis) and Andy Levitre got a $7.8 million-a-year deal from Tennessee as the top guard on the market. This year's free-agent class will top the 13 $6 million-a-year contracts given last year, but not by much. Ask Wes Welker. Welker was trying to come close to the $7.5 million salary of Aaron Hernandez or the $9 million average of Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots said no, offering him a two-year, $10 million contract. With Tom Brady, Gronkowski, Hernandez and Logan Mankins drawing more than $6 million a year, the Patriots drew the line. Welker had to go to Denver to get a two-year, $12 million deal.

    The Pats gave Danny Amendola about $30 million over five years, but only $10 million of it is guaranteed. You can figure that Brian Urlacher would be hoping for more than $6 million from the Bears, but they might be reluctant to go there. Ask the cornerbacks about the $6 million battleground. Former Miami Dolphins CB Sean Smith angled for the gold, but ended up getting a $5.75 million average from the Kansas City Chiefs. So far, every other corner has come in for less than that.

    2. Wow, the carnage : To fit in many of these new contracts, teams have been unloading veteran deals at an alarming pace. As of Friday, 92 veterans have been terminated or had their contracts voided, and it has freed up $373 million of cap room.The Arizona Cardinals have released five starters: Kevin Kolb, William Gay, Beanie Wells, Kerry Rhodes and Adrian Wilson. The Jets have cut Eric Smith, Calvin Pace, Sione Pouha and Bart Scott. Jacksonville gave up on wide receiver Laurent Robinson after one year. More than 20 $6 million-a-year contracts were eliminated from the books. It's surprising that teams are willing to give up on free-agent acquisitions after one year. It's apparent that teams that sign free agents might be willing to give up on them after one or two years for cap purposes.

    3. New coaches are driving the volume market :

    Often, a new coach turns over more than 50 percent of a roster. By late in the season last year, the Colts had 36 new players on their roster.With eight new head coaches, the roster turnover is happening at a fast pace. Philadelphia's Kelly and Kansas City's Andy Reid are leading the way. The Eagles are switching to a 3-4 defense, so Kelly aggressively started filling starting jobs. He added linebacker Connor Barwin as a pass-rusher. He picked up nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga. He's replacing Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha with Cary Williams and possibly Bradley Fletcher. Patrick Chung comes in at safety.You really have to like what Reid is doing in Kansas City. First, he hopes he fixed the quarterback position by acquiring Alex Smith. He solidified the secondary by adding Dunta Robinson as the slot corner at $4.6 million per year. Then, Reid added Sean Smith to the outside cornerback spot at $5.75 million a year. DE Mike DeVito should help along the defensive line. One of the keys, though, was re-signing Dwayne Bowe and punter Dustin Colquitt.In Arizona, Bruce Arians has brought in Rashard Mendenhall on offense and Drew Stanton as a backup quarterback. He replaced William Gay at corner with Jerraud Powers. He knows Stanton and Powers from his one year with the Colts.

    4. Winning teams can still be aggressive : The arms race between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers remains one of the best stories in the league. Anquan Boldin goes to the 49ers. Percy Harvin goes to the Seahawks. While the 49ers were talking to Charles Woodson and Asomugha, the Seahawks signed pass-rushers Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett for a combined $12.5 million a year.After an 11-win season, the Colts, who drafted for offense last year, tried to upgrade their offensive line and 3-4 defense. Right tackle Cherilus and guard Donald Thomas should add toughness to the offensive line. Nose tackle Ricky Jean Francois and safety LaRon Landry should strengthen the middle of the defense. Linebacker Erik Walden and cornerback Greg Toler were paid more than $4 million a year to be starters.

    Then there are the Denver Broncos. John Elway doesn't settle for second best. Last year, he lured Peyton Manning to Denver. This year he grabbed Welker while getting Louis Vasquez, the second-best guard on the market.

    5. What were the surprises ?
    Wallace to Miami was no surprise. Everyone thought that would happen. Getting Dustin Keller to sign a one-year, $4.25 million deal was smart. The surprises were the moves between them. Despite having holes at tackle and cornerback, Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland went for two linebackers -- Dannell Ellerbe andPhilip Wheeler. Each received five-year contracts that totaled $61 million ($35 million for Ellerbe and $26 million for Wheeler). It cost them high-priced linebackers Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett. By switching to a 4-3 defense, the Dolphins had the luxury of getting younger, less expensive linebackers. They went a different way.Some people might have been surprised that defensive end Desmond Bryant got $34 million over five years from Cleveland, but Bryant was considered the sleeper free agent on defense.The Seahawks' deals for Harvin, Bennett and Avril were surprising, but understand the Seahawks' thinking. They never thought Avril and Bennett, two of the best three pass-rushers on their list of free agents, would be available for $7.5 million a year and $5 million, respectively. They jumped on those opportunities.

    > http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/90...ion-dollar-men

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    ~ ~ ~ A look at the Jets and the rest of the NFL -- posted 25 minutes later than usual, but I'm blaming the fax machine :

    1. SPEAK SOFTLY, BUT ...: GM John Idzik has said very little publicly about the Darrelle Revis situation (We love Darrelle, we want him to get healthy), but his actions in the early days of free agency are coming across loud and clear. The Jets are rebuilding, allowing longtime starters to leave and replacing them with hold-the-fort guys. Idzik's philosophy is as obvious as a billboard at the Midtown tunnel, and it's hard to imagine Revis being part of his long-term plan (as crazy as that sounds). No GM strips down his team and builds around a cornerback, even a cornerback as great as Revis.

    My opinion hasn't changed :
    There's no way he gets a long-term contract from the Jets, and I expect him to be traded before the draft.

    2. POKER FACE : I spoke to one agent who lauded Idzik for the way he has refused to engage in the Revis hysteria, which has bordered on silly at times. A "brilliant" tactic, said the agent, who described Idzik as "tough and smart. Don't mistake kindness for weakness." We'll see how this turns out. The rookie GM has to make a decision that will affect the franchise for years to come.

    New Jersey native Antonio Garay is certainly the Jets' most colorful acquisition.

    3. JERSEY BOYS : The Jets' free-agent signings all have connections to the New Jersey/New York area. QB David Garrard was born in East Orange; DT Antonio Garay was born and raised in Rahway; RB Mike Goodson was born in Irvington; and G Willie Colon was born and raised in the Bronx and attended Hofstra. Too bad the Jets couldn't get QB Joe Flacco (Audobon) on that list.

    4. GARAY'S ANATOMY: Garay, 33, has suffered five season-ending injuries in his career, which began as a sixth-round pick of the Browns in 2003. The worst came in 2007, when he broken a leg and shattered an ankle on a horrific chop block by Redskins OT Chris Samuels. Garay missed two seasons, making his return on the Jets' practice squad, of all places. Give Garay credit for determination; he could've packed it in a few years ago. He and Colon could co-author a book about injuries.Since 2010, Colon has undergone at least three surgeries -- Achilles' tendon, triceps and, most recently, a knee arthroscopy. The knee still isn't 100 percent; he's still a couple of weeks away. If Colon is healthy, he's expected to start at one guard spot. With Brandon Moore and Matt Slauson floating in free-agent limbo, the other starter could be Vladimir Ducasse.

    5. RAINBOW CONNECTION: Garay is quite a character. He made national headlines a couple of years ago when he bought a "Hello Kitty" Smart car (this is what a 320-pound dude looks like in a Smart car), and he has become known for his zany hairstyles. He has colored his hair blue, yellow, green, orange, purple and pink. When Junior Seau died, Garay honored Seau by having the former Charger's likeness shaved into his head. USA Today did a nice job of collecting Garay's many hairstyles.

    6. FOLK STINGER ? On Saturday, free-agent PK Nick Folk re-signed with the Jets on a one-year deal. I've always thought of Folk as an under-rated kicker. I also think that if special teams coach Mike Westhoff hadn't retired, Folk might not have returned. There was some friction in that relationship.

    7. NOT-SO-SPECIAL K: Former Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb is attracting a lot of buzz in these parts for someone with a 9-12 record as a starter. Remember, this is a man who lost a traning-camp competition last summer to John Skelton. The Cards wanted to bail on him after a year, when they started flirting with Peyton Manning.

    8. HOLMES-COMING BACK: I find it interesting that Santonio Holmes agreed to a $3.5 million pay cut to stay with the Jets. His new base pay is $7.5 million, the guaranteed portion of his salary. In other words, there was no financial downside to getting cut; he collects the money no matter where he plays. So did Holmes take the cut because of his devotion to the Jets? I think his surgically repaired foot may have been the bigger factor. Maybe Holmes, still not able to run, was worried the injury would've hurt his ability to find a new team. If that's the reason, I'm concerned if I'm the Jets.

    9. BROADWAY GENO ? There will be a lot of Geno Smith-Jets speculation as we get closer to the draft, but after an impressive pro day, the West Virginia quarterback won't be around for the Jets with the ninth pick. He could go as high as the Raiders (third), with the Eagles (fourth), Cards (seventh) and Bills (eighth) possible landing spots.A lot of people figure Bills coach Doug Marrone will try to reunite with his former Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Bills make a play for Florida State's EJ Manuel, presumably in the second round.

    10. TOUGH MARKET: I think a lot of free agents are wondering, "When do I get mine?" This is a buyer's market, with many big-game free agents settling for one-year contracts. Why? The salary cap remained relatively flat, increasing to $123 million from $120.6 million. Mind you, the cap was $123 million in 2009. This CBA, born from the 2011 lockout, is putting the squeeze on the players. Free agency is a cash cow for only a select few.

    > http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/jet...g-around-revis

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    Gronk and Hernadez are not making that kind of money, when their rookie contracts expire the pats have 4 year options on both. The pats contract for Amendola is 26mill over 5 years.

    And why do you expect or want Revis traded before he can workout? If he can't workout his value is diminished. It does not cost the jets anything more to trade him in July when he has been running for three months in a line and has should by that time being able to run drills at full speed.
    Last edited by patman; 03-18-2013 at 09:07 AM.

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    cooks contract is insane:

    Jared Cook's five-year, $35M contract includes $19M guaranteed

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelly View Post


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    ~ ~ ~ A look at the Jets and the rest of the NFL -- posted 25 minutes later than usual, but I'm blaming the fax machine :

    1. SPEAK SOFTLY, BUT ...: GM John Idzik has said very little publicly about the Darrelle Revis situation (We love Darrelle, we want him to get healthy), but his actions in the early days of free agency are coming across loud and clear. The Jets are rebuilding, allowing longtime starters to leave and replacing them with hold-the-fort guys. Idzik's philosophy is as obvious as a billboard at the Midtown tunnel, and it's hard to imagine Revis being part of his long-term plan (as crazy as that sounds). No GM strips down his team and builds around a cornerback, even a cornerback as great as Revis.

    My opinion hasn't changed :
    There's no way he gets a long-term contract from the Jets, and I expect him to be traded before the draft.

    2. POKER FACE : I spoke to one agent who lauded Idzik for the way he has refused to engage in the Revis hysteria, which has bordered on silly at times. A "brilliant" tactic, said the agent, who described Idzik as "tough and smart. Don't mistake kindness for weakness." We'll see how this turns out. The rookie GM has to make a decision that will affect the franchise for years to come.

    New Jersey native Antonio Garay is certainly the Jets' most colorful acquisition.

    3. JERSEY BOYS : The Jets' free-agent signings all have connections to the New Jersey/New York area. QB David Garrard was born in East Orange; DT Antonio Garay was born and raised in Rahway; RB Mike Goodson was born in Irvington; and G Willie Colon was born and raised in the Bronx and attended Hofstra. Too bad the Jets couldn't get QB Joe Flacco (Audobon) on that list.

    4. GARAY'S ANATOMY: Garay, 33, has suffered five season-ending injuries in his career, which began as a sixth-round pick of the Browns in 2003. The worst came in 2007, when he broken a leg and shattered an ankle on a horrific chop block by Redskins OT Chris Samuels. Garay missed two seasons, making his return on the Jets' practice squad, of all places. Give Garay credit for determination; he could've packed it in a few years ago. He and Colon could co-author a book about injuries.Since 2010, Colon has undergone at least three surgeries -- Achilles' tendon, triceps and, most recently, a knee arthroscopy. The knee still isn't 100 percent; he's still a couple of weeks away. If Colon is healthy, he's expected to start at one guard spot. With Brandon Moore and Matt Slauson floating in free-agent limbo, the other starter could be Vladimir Ducasse.

    5. RAINBOW CONNECTION: Garay is quite a character. He made national headlines a couple of years ago when he bought a "Hello Kitty" Smart car (this is what a 320-pound dude looks like in a Smart car), and he has become known for his zany hairstyles. He has colored his hair blue, yellow, green, orange, purple and pink. When Junior Seau died, Garay honored Seau by having the former Charger's likeness shaved into his head. USA Today did a nice job of collecting Garay's many hairstyles.

    6. FOLK STINGER ? On Saturday, free-agent PK Nick Folk re-signed with the Jets on a one-year deal. I've always thought of Folk as an under-rated kicker. I also think that if special teams coach Mike Westhoff hadn't retired, Folk might not have returned. There was some friction in that relationship.

    7. NOT-SO-SPECIAL K: Former Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb is attracting a lot of buzz in these parts for someone with a 9-12 record as a starter. Remember, this is a man who lost a traning-camp competition last summer to John Skelton. The Cards wanted to bail on him after a year, when they started flirting with Peyton Manning.

    8. HOLMES-COMING BACK: I find it interesting that Santonio Holmes agreed to a $3.5 million pay cut to stay with the Jets. His new base pay is $7.5 million, the guaranteed portion of his salary. In other words, there was no financial downside to getting cut; he collects the money no matter where he plays. So did Holmes take the cut because of his devotion to the Jets? I think his surgically repaired foot may have been the bigger factor. Maybe Holmes, still not able to run, was worried the injury would've hurt his ability to find a new team. If that's the reason, I'm concerned if I'm the Jets.

    9. BROADWAY GENO ? There will be a lot of Geno Smith-Jets speculation as we get closer to the draft, but after an impressive pro day, the West Virginia quarterback won't be around for the Jets with the ninth pick. He could go as high as the Raiders (third), with the Eagles (fourth), Cards (seventh) and Bills (eighth) possible landing spots.A lot of people figure Bills coach Doug Marrone will try to reunite with his former Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Bills make a play for Florida State's EJ Manuel, presumably in the second round.

    10. TOUGH MARKET: I think a lot of free agents are wondering, "When do I get mine?" This is a buyer's market, with many big-game free agents settling for one-year contracts. Why? The salary cap remained relatively flat, increasing to $123 million from $120.6 million. Mind you, the cap was $123 million in 2009. This CBA, born from the 2011 lockout, is putting the squeeze on the players. Free agency is a cash cow for only a select few.

    > http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/jet...g-around-revis
    Don't draft Geno he's hot garbage

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shark99 View Post
    Don't draft Geno he's hot garbage
    i'm prayin' we do NOT draft geno

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    Quote Originally Posted by mphtrilogy View Post
    cooks contract is insane:

    Jared Cook's five-year, $35M contract includes $19M guaranteed
    THAT ...is some serious coin ~ ~

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