With the first wave of free agency and wheeling and dealing almost wrapped up, we present to you the top five free agent pickups made so far…
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5) RYAN MATHEWS TO THE EAGLES
Injury prone but talented, Mathews had over 1250 yards in 2013 before getting hurt last year. The Eagles have traded McCoy to the Bills, opening up a big hole in their backfield. Chip Kelly seems to be remodeling this team his way, and only time will tell if his recipe results in success. Playing only six games in 2014 due to injuries, if healthy he could be a monster in this offense, and one to watch during you fantasy draft.
4) JUSTIN DURANT TO THE FALCONS
Probably the most attractive thing about Durant besides his superb athleticism is he can play outside or in the middle. Health really is the only thing that has stopped this former Dallas Cowboy from being a major factor at the linebacker position. He was having a monster year before he suffered a season ending bicep injury, but should be a go for his first camp in Flowery Branch.
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3) SHANE VEREEN TO THE GIANTS
No contract details have emerged just yet, but Vereen is expected to command between 3 and 5 million a season which is fair considering he’ll serve two huge purposes on this team. He’ll be expected to pick up the blitz which he excelled at in New England, and he’ll also be asked to catch the ball out of the backfield. Catching 11 balls in the Super Bowl victory over Seattle, he has almost 100 catches over the past two seasons. Just another piece to an offense that is looking to give Eli Manning another shot at a third ring as he approaches the twilight of his career.
2) RANDALL COBB TO THE PACKERS
Sometimes, it’s better to stay home and watch a movie rather than go out to a club and party. Seemingly this is what Cobb did, reportedly leaving money on the table to stay in Green Bay and play alongside Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson for the bulk of the prime of his career. Last year he registered 91 catches for almost 1300 yards and 12 TD’s. He’ll continue to be a star in that high powered offense. Home sweet home indeed.
1) JERRY HUGHES TO THE BILLSMORE NEWS: Gov. Kemp Announces Amazon Fulfillment Center in Savannah
Rex Ryan loves having a good defense that he can label as a great one, and keeping Hughes may help further that claim. Hughes has almost 20 sacks over the past two seasons playing alongside Mario Williams and is a standout against the run. A clear target to keep when coach Ryan took over, the Bills defense will continue to be good this year despite the loss of Kiko Alonso.