It’s a little early to go judging the effects of players lost to free agency, but it’s never too early to speculate. In another column posted today I listed the winners in free agency to this point, in this piece I’ll take a look at some losers. Many of the biggest names are still on the board so I’m pencilling in these judgements. They will get updated next week, and I hope you’ll check them out. For now though, and I’ll try not to be too harsh, here are the... less fortunate teams out of the gate.
I don’t think the loss of Dannell Ellerbe or Paul Kruger is going to take a huge toll on this defense, but it’s certainly worth noting they lost two key contributors from their Super Bowl run. They also run the risk of losing Ed Reed if they don’t sign him soon. The addition of Chris Canty certainly softens the blow of losing Ellerbe and Kruger, but then again, they lost Kruger to a team in their division. The reviled... Cleveland Browns.
The Bengals went into free agency with over $45M in cap space, and to this point have done nothing. Well, that’s not entirely true. They did resign their kicker, punter, long snapper and Robert Geathers. This is a team on the cusp of contending, if there were ever a time to start spending it’s now. Not sure why they didn’t make a push for Mike Wallace.
Not sure why I’m surprised but the Jaguars haven’t spent a single penny to this point. With all their holes on defense, and the prospect of losing both of their starting corners in free agency could they not at the very least make a depth signing?
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