NFL free agency is in full swing. There have been several free agents who have signed new contracts. Some of them have remained with their respective teams.
The Philadelphia Eagles’ biggest move so far has been the signing of wide receiver DeSean Jackson to a five-year contract. The Eagles also re-signed offensive guard Todd Herremans and defensive end Trent Cole to new contracts. The Eagles don’t appear to be major players during the free agency period. However, there are still some pretty talented players available at several positions.
Wide receiver Marques Colston is staying with the New Orleans Saints. Colston was a big time player on the Saints 2010 Super Bowl team.
Reggie Wayne will remain with the Indianapolis Colts. Wayne, Colts wide receiver, re-signed despite Pro Bowl quarterback Peyton Manning not being there. Manning is the biggest name on the free agent market. He has been visiting teams the past few days. His name has been mentioned with the following teams: Tennessee Titans, Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos. Manning remains unsigned for now. But a decision could be soon.
Vincent Jackson bolted from the San Diego Chargers to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jackson is a big play receiver who can really stretch the field. His pass catching ability should give Tampa Bay a huge lift on offense. The Buccaneers also signed free agent offensive tackle Carl Nicks to bolster the offensive line.
Matt Flynn, Green Bay Packers:
Flynn played behind Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Flynn didn’t receive a lot of playing time as Rodgers’ backup. The Packers are one of the best teams in the NFL. However, Flynn did show flashes of brilliances on a few occasions. He seems to have good command of the Packers’ offense and could attract some interest from a few teams.
Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers:
Smith had a big year for the 49ers. He led them to the NFC championship game. He struggled badly his first couple seasons, but has emerged as a solid quarterback under head coach Jim Harbaugh. He will probably stay in San Francisco.
Mike Tolbert, San Diego Chargers:
Tolbert has a lot of speed and power. He can run between the tackles. He has the ability to make people miss in the open field. Tolbert is not a bad receiver out of the backfield either.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, New England Patriots:
Green-Ellis doesn’t do anything fancy. He runs hard on every play. He doesn’t put the ball on the ground. He’s dependable and can get the tough yards inside. Green-Ellis scored 11 rushing touchdowns this season.
Brandon Lloyd, St. Louis Rams:
Lloyd was the Rams best receiver last season. He has the ability to explode in the open field. He can catch the ball over the middle. Lloyd did a nice job of working with quarterback Sam Bradford.
Mario Manningham, New York Giants:
Manningham was a big part of the Giants receiving corps that included Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. He runs good pass routes. He can make big catches and has decent speed. He really helped the Giants in their Super Bowl run.
Demetrius Bell, Buffalo Bills:
Bell is a great run blocker. He can really move his feet. He’s one of the best offensive tackles in the league.
Jason Jones, Tennessee Titans:
As a defensive tackle, Jones takes up a lot of space. He’s a good run stopper. He’s capable of playing defensive end. Jones has a lot of versatility.
Jameel McClain, Baltimore Ravens:
McClain, former George Washington football star, has learned a lot from playing with Pro Bowl linebacker Ray Lewis. McClain is aggressive. He has a good nose for the ball. The ex-Public League standout is good in pass coverage, too.
Dan Connor, Carolina Panthers:
Connor, a Strath Haven and Penn State product, played some good football for the Panthers. He’s a solid player. He has good anticipation.
London Fletcher, Washington Redskins:
Fletcher is a real veteran. He knows how to play the position. He could fit in just about anywhere with his knowledge and experience.