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NFL Free Agency Update (2-10-14)

Sorry for the delayed post, but I was experiencing some technical difficulties with my internet browser even allowing me access to the site.  Now that the issue is resolved, here is a quick update as to the moves from around the league.

There are tons of players from all around the league that are Free Agents and have yet to make a move, but far to many to track.  Here are the players who have either been released or resigned.

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons made 2 early moves with the release of CB - Asante Samuel and OLB - Stephen Nichols.  Neither move comes as a big surprise.  Samuel was set to make $5.25 Million in 2014 and after being upstaged by a rookie, this move make all the sense in the world.  Samuel just turned 33 and his best days are well behind him.  I think that a team looking for veteran leadership might take a chance on Samuel with a 1-year deal, but it wouldn't be a complete shock if he hung up his cleats and called it a career.

Stephen Nichols' will be 31 before the 2014 season kicks off in August and for a team looking to get younger, and avoid paying his $3 Million hit in 2014, this move makes sense.  It didn't help that he also was no longer considered a starter for the team.  Once again, veteran leadership is the biggest upside for any team willing to sign him.

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings released MLB - Erin Henderson, and I believe this move had more to do with character issues and not the salary cap.  The Vikings only save $2 Million with the release, but the new origination didn't hesitate to make this move following Henderson's 2nd Drunk Driving arrest in 3 months.

Detroit Lions

The Lions resigned their Center, Dominic Raiola.  This move makes sense because the Lions offensive line has been solid this past season ranking 3rd by Pro Football Focus.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay has made a slew of moves.  They have signed journeyman QB Mike Kafka.  This move makes sense because the new organization wants to provide some much needed depth and challanges to the position behind starter Mike Glennon and backup Dan Orlovsky.  With the signing of Kafka, that means someone must go and that someone was the little brother to Aaron Rodgers, Jordan Rodgers.

Tampa Bay also released G - Gabe Carimi and DT - Derek Landri.  Both are considered backups and neither player was considered to factor into the long term plans and direction of new head coach Lovie Smith.  Considering that Smith Drafted Carimi in 2011, he had all the information he needed on him so I'm surprised this move took as long as it did.

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs released veteran CB - Dunta Robinson and by doing so, avoid paying him his 2014 salary of $3.2 Million.  He started the season as the #3 CB on the roster, but was quickly edged out by rookie Marcus Cooper.  With the chiefs projected to have little to no room to even resign many of it's own Free Agents, this move makes sense because of financial reasons as well as production.  It didn't help matters that Robinson was considered by many as one of the main reasons why T.Y. Hilton was able to burn the Chiefs' secondary in their Wild-Card loss this January.

Check back later for a look at more changes as they happen and predictions as to what the Chiefs should do about their own roster and Free Agents in the upcoming weeks.

 

-Joseph Yslas ---- Follow me on Twitter @J_Salsy

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