Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Wide Receivers on the Move

NFL free agency is upon us and the highlights of Day 1 involved a number of top wide receivers switching teams. Here's a quick recap:

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The Chicago Bears got Jay Cutler a number one wide receiver today when they traded a pair of third round picks to the Miami Dolphins reuniting him with his former teammate Brandon Marshall. Marshall and Cutler played three seasons together (2006-2008) in Denver culminating with both players making the Pro Bowl in 2008. With no Chicago wide receivers catching over 40 passes last year Marshall, who has eclipsed 100 receptions three times and gone over 1000 yards in 5 straight seasons, finally gives the Bears a legitimate all-around threat at the wide receiver position.

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Already having traded three first rounders and a second rounder for the second overall pick in this year's draft (likely Baylor's Robert Griffin III), the Redskins made their second big move of the offseason signing free agent receiver Pierre Garçon from Indianapolis. Garçon is coming off a career year with the Colts where he caught 70 passes for 947 yards and 6 touchdowns. The Redskins didn't stop there though also signing ex-49er wide receiver Josh Morgan to a long-term deal and continuing to pursue ex-Bronco Eddie Royal. It remains to be seen what these additions will mean for Santana Moss who still has two years on his current deal.

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Josh Freeman gets his big play receiver as well as Tampa Bay signed the 6'5" Vincent Jackson to a 5 year $55M deal. Jackson made his second Pro Bowl last year with the Chargers hauling in 60 passes for 1106 yards and 9 touchdowns. Tampa Bay hasn't had a 1000 yard receiver since Antonio Bryant in 2008.

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