NFL free agency begins Tuesday but NFL teams and players agents don’t seem to want to wait for it as numerous deals were signed today. With this many deals happening in one day here are my top five deals agreed upon today. Note: If the signing isn’t confirmed either by player or multiple reliable sources it wasn’t included here.
1.Defensive Tackle Ndamukong Suh to the Miami Dolphins for 114$ Million over six years 60 Million guaranteed all but signed. Suh becomes the richest defensive player in football in a contract that will pay him roughly 19 Million a season. For the Dolphins they get the best defensive tackle in football and now boast the best defensive line in the NFL on paper. Buyers beware here though as Suh will have immense pressure to live up to and has past of poor conduct on the field.
2. Cornerback Brandon Flowers Resigns with the San Diego Chargers. 4 years 36 Million. This was my favorite value deal of the day Flowers is a solid man to man corner who also has value as a leader and got paid right where he should be. The Chargers have up and coming corners like Jason Verett who have learned and now will continue to do so from Flowers who has outstanding technique on the outside. Flowers is only 28 years old and locking him up until he’s 32 is a great deal as they are not committed to long term but keep a key leader in the locker room and solid corner around.
3. Cornerback Byron Maxwell to the Philadelphia Eagles. Contract details waiting to be confirmed. Maxwell confirmed to ESPN reporter Josina Anderson that he will in fact be heading to the Eagles. This signing has much to do with the pedigree of the LOB (Legion of Boom) and the fact when playing against the NFC East in four games teams throwing at him went 8/18 108 yards two INT’s two pass deflections and most importantly zero TD’s.
4. Running Back Frank Gore to the Philadelphia Eagles. Contract details waiting to be confirmed three year deal rumored. Philly went out and took care of the hole left by LeSean McCoy’s departure with Frank Gore who has been one of the most consistent backs in the NFL over the last several years. The combination of him and Darren Sproles should give Philly a nice combination and Chip Kelly an easier time play calling.
5. Tight End Julius Thomas to the Jacksonville Jaguars.Contract details waiting to be confirmed. Jaguars struggled getting people open down field for QB Blake Bortles and addressed that today as Thomas should be a big target down the field for him. Many will say he is a product of Peyton Manning and it is a somewhat fair assessment because his numbers will dip as most do for guys who leave Peyton led teams. However for a team like the Jaguars bringing in that type of big target and providing a reliable tight end is highly important for Bortles growth and that of this Jacksonville offense.