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NFL Free Agent Frenzy; Defense Edition

Each and every year there are big named free agents available at nearly every position. This off-season, we were given a treat when two future pro-bowl defensive players hit the open market. After a little bit of drama and a period of time where nobody knew what was going to happen, both Ndamukong Suh and Darrelle Revis landed in the free agent pool. These two players along with a number of free agents made this free agent frenzy one of the most exciting in recent memory.

It was rumored that Suh would be given the Franchise Tag by Detroit but it never happened. Instead, Suh inked a record deal with the Miami Dolphins. The contract is 6 years in length and worth a reported $114 Million with $60 guaranteed. Suh is one of the most dynamic defensive linemen against both the run and the pass and was unanimously considered the best player available. Revis was expected to re-sign with the Patriots but it appears as if they couldn’t work out the terms and when the Jet’s came calling with a 5-year, $70 Million contract along with $39 Million guaranteed, Revis could not resist. The move makes sense for the Jet’s who are trying to gain credibility by the league once again after a few atrocious seasons.

In addition to these big names on the move, there were a number of other defensive playmakers that moved. CB, Byron Maxwell signed a 6-year deal with the Eagles and LB, Pernell McPhee signed with the Bears for the 6 years as well. These were the 8th and 11th ranked overall free agents available according to NFL.com. Other notable signings were DT, Nick Fairley to the Rams for 1 year and DT, Jared Odrick to the Jags, who will be an immediate starter.

The NFL also saw a trend this off-season that will surely scare some of it’s executives with a number of under-30 NFL players choosing retirement over returning to their teams or signing new deals. The biggest name was Jason Worild’s who was the top LB for the Steeler’s. He chose to retire at the age of 27. In addition to Worild’s, Chris Borland (24), Jake Locker (27) and Patrick Willis (30) all chose to retire this season. They cited health concerns and constant pain as their reasoning. If this becomes a larger trend, the NFL could be in trouble.

GRFF Staff

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