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article imageNFL: Week of Transactions in Review

By Austin Tyler     Jul 31, 2011 in Sports
As soon as the lockout was ended the NFL teams hit the ground running making trades and signings that not even the average fan expected. We have seen it all from stars moved to new teams to players getting a second chance, here is how it went down.
Tuesday: The Carolina Panthers agreed to terms with their star defensive end Charles Johnson on a 6 year deal that will keep him around for awhile. Johnson has played four years in Carolina tallying up 89 solo tackles with 21.5 sacks in a total of 48 games. They wanted to sign him right after the lockout and they did what they said.
The Seattle Seahawks sparked an agreement with ex-Minnesota Viking’s QB Tavaris Jackson. They signed him to a 2-year deal and with Matt Hasselbeck out the way; this can lead to Jackson being a starting QB again.
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Wednesday: The Carolina Panthers made more news when they resigned their explosive running back DeAngelo Williams to a 5-year deal worth $43 million. Williams has been in a Panther’s uniform for the past five-years and have rushed for one-thousand plus yards twice in his career. He missed most of last year due to injury, but may bounce back pretty well this season.
The move of the day came when the Washington Redskins sent Donovan McNabb to the Minnesota Vikings for draft picks. The whole McNabb saga was played out through the whole NFL season last year between him and Mike Shanahan. This is a fresh start for McNabb who know that he is coming in as the starter and we all know he can do better than what Bret Favre did last year leading the Vikings to a 6-10 season while throwing 19 interceptions to just 11 touchdowns.
The Indianapolis Colts then resigned Melvin Bullitt to a three-year deal. Quintin Mikell and Eric Weddle disappeared from the free-agent list and they released Bob Sanders who signed with the San Diego Chargers. Their options were thin but it looks like they made a great choice in bringing him back.
The New York Jets got the player they wanted and resigned Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes to a new 5-year deal worth $50 million with $24 of that guaranteed. They wanted to keep the best option they had seeing they allowed Brad Smith to slip away to the Buffalo Bills.
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The Tennessee Titans agreed to terms with QB Matt Hasselbeck on multiyear deal after he was left out to dry in Seattle. With Jake Locker not really ready to take over in Tennessee this is the best option for the Titans as they look to get the Vince Young taste out of their mouth.
The Seattle Seahawks agreed to terms with WR Sidney Rice on 5-year deal that will hook him back up with Tavaris Jackson and put him of the other side of the NFL’s “Comeback Player of the Year” Mike Williams.
The Kansas City Chiefs strengthen their receiving core with Arizona Cardinal’s ex-wide out and poet Steve Breaston. The Chiefs and Breaston came to an agreement on a 5-year deal. Breaston had 47 catches last year for 718 yards in 13 games, but is capable of exploding like in 2008 when he had 77 catches for 1,008 yards.
Thursday was the day as the morning opened with the New Orleans Saints shipping Reggie Bush to the Miami Dolphins for Jonathan Amaya so far. The rest of the terms for the deal have not been released yet, but we know Bush is going to Miami for sure. This opens the door for a fresh start for the former Heisman winning running back that knew his time was done in the Big Easy when they drafted Alabama’s Mark Ingram. He sent out a tweet saying “It’s been fun New Orleans.”
The next shocker was the Washington Redskins sending unhappy Albert Haynesworth to Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. Haynesworth was dealt for a 2013 fifth-round draft pick. He did not get along with Shanahan in D.C. because of the 3-4 defense, but the Patriots run it to but as a hybrid 3-4 where he will be lined up over a guard and not really doubled-teamed.
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The Philadelphia Eagles did what was expected and shipped Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals who needed a quarterback more than anything since Kurt Warner retired. They gave up CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick. Kolb then signed a deal that will go until 2016 worth $63 millions.
The New Orleans Saints then later replaced Reggie Bush with former San Diego Charger’s elusive weapon Darren Sproles. Sproles got a four-year deal that is worth more than the $13 million he got from the Chargers combined over the last two-years. He will be a deadly option in the kicking and punting game, but in the end the questions will be can he stay healthier than Reggie Bush did.
The clincher of the night was the Cincinnati Bengals shipping Chad Ochocinco to the New England Patriots. Chad said earlier before the lockout and during the lockout that he wanted out of Cinncy, and wanted to go to New England, but no one expected Belichick to pull the deal off. Chad was so excited that he should up in Patriot’s camp before the deal was even finalized and he restructured his deal to fit the Pat’s cap space. The Bengals in the end get two draft picks in exchange.
The Philadelphia Eagles made most of the news on Friday, but not before the Atlanta Falcons pulled Ray Edwards away from Minnesota with a 5-year deal. He spent five-years in Minnesota and this summer during the lockout participated in some boxing matches. Edwards has a total of 29.5 sacks with 139 solo tackles, and also 6 force fumbles.
The Eagles landed highly touted Nnamdi Asomugha to team up with newly acquired Rodger-Cromartie. They snatched him out of the Jets hands who restructured some players deals just so they can get money to sign him. They were not done yet, they then gave Vince Young a second chance as a back-up to Mike Vick. They agreed to a 1-year deal with Young as they look to help him rebuild his career like they did with Vick.
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The Eagles then signed free agent defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins to a five-year contract on Saturday and traded former defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley to the Cleveland Browns for a fifth-round pick in next year's draft. Jenkins signed a 5-year deal worth $25 million. Jenkins played all 7 years in Green Bay adding up 29 sacks with 7 of them coming last year alone and 130 tackles.
Sunday: The New York Jets make another big move in signing Plaxico Burress to a one-year deal worth 3.017 million dollars. Burress will soon be 34 years-old and fresh out of prison for a gun charge, and they picked him up over Randy Moss and their own Braylon Edwards . He had meet with two former teams, the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers but in the end decided to land with the Jets.
We will see how these trades and signing shakeout when the season begins, but as of right now the media and NFL sources are in love with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles acquisitions.
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