Free Agent Signings and Re-Signings

The signings and re-signings in free agency started with the dawn of the new era. We've got the signings and analysis, including one of a division rival.

RUNNING BACK

DeShaun Foster (Carolina) –
The Panthers are in a precarious position at running back. Foster is everything the team wants in a back, but questions that remain regarding injury issues kept this deal from getting done sooner. Despite the issues, the Panthers are thin at the position and are hopeful Foster can be their workhorse back in the future.

Mike Alstott (Tampa Bay) – Due to his versatility and experience, Alstott appears poised to play one more season in Tampa Bay. Alstott fits nicely in the Tampa Bay offensive scheme and his leadership qualities were hard for the team to pass on (as well as a modest salary).


WIDE RECEIVER

Koren Robinson (Minnesota) –
Robinson took advantage of the opportunity the Vikings provided him upon his signing early in the 2005 season. Quickly becoming a factor in the kick return game, Robinson has become a fixture in Minnesota and was evolving in the Vikings passing game. Under new head coach Brad Childress' offensive scheme, Robinson could play a major role. With his maturity on the rise, now may be the time Robinson begins to play to his potential.

Isaac Bruce (St. Louis) – Due to salary-cap issues prior to the new CBA, Bruce was released, then pulled back from the cut list. Due to the CBA, the Rams had the additional funds under the salary cap to re-sign Bruce to a new contract. New head coach Scott Linehan wanted Bruce back and he got his wish, as the reliable veteran has inked a three-year deal with the club. Bruce still plays the game at a high level, while he may not be as explosive as he once was, Bruce remains one of the better receivers in the game, teaming with Torry Holt.

OFFENSIVE GUARD

Jason Whittle (Minnesota) –
Whittle will step in and provide the Vikings with much needed depth along the interior of the offensive line. Minnesota's offensive line struggled last season, some of which was due to injury, players not playing to potential, and an overall lack of talent in the scheme.


OFFENSIVE TACKLE

Victor Rogers (Detroit) –
Needing help along the offensive line, the Lions retained the services of tackle Victor Rogers. Rogers, a large lineman can engulf a defensive lineman, but is often beaten by quicker ends. In Rogers, the Lions keep an average lineman which should help with depth issues.


DEFENSIVE END

Aaron Kampman (Green Bay) –
The Packers and Kampman worked long and hard to get a deal done prior to the defensive end hitting the open market in free agency. Kampman, very good against the run and a better than average pass rusher, felt at home in Green Bay and didn't want to depart. Give credit to the Green Bay front office for stepping to the plate and retaining this popular and consistent lineman. If Kampman would have opted for free agency, he would have been in high demand.


DEFENSIVE TACKLE

La'Roi Glover (St. Louis) –
Glover remains a solid defensive lineman and should improve an already-quick Rams front four. Undersized for the 3-4 in Dallas, Glover should excel in the familiar 4-3, which will be run in St. Louis. With ample speed and quickness as a 4-3 defensive tackle, Glover has the ability to penetrate the line of scrimmage and attack the quarterback, while playing the run well.


LINEBACKER

Shawn Barber (Philadelphia) –
Barber returns to Philadelphia, where he tasted his greatest success with the Eagles. If healthy, Barber's athleticism will be a welcomed addition to a Philadelphia defense that was seeking speed and quickness on the outside. The one-year deal Barber agreed to with the team is a safe offer for the team which could pay high rewards, not only for the Eagles, but for Barber if he is able to return to pre-knee injury form.


CORNERBACK

Sam Madison (NY Giants) –
The Giants headed into the off-season looking to improve their below-average defensive backfield. In Madison, the Giants have a cornerback that has the ability to man-up on a receiver and at times demonstrates the skills to take a receiver out of the game. While not as dominant as in years past, Madison should be a quality upgrade over free agent Will Allen in New York.


SAFETY

Shaunard Harts (Seattle) –
Harts is player which should provide depth to the defensive backfield of the Seahawks. Not viewed as a starting candidate, Harts could fill a reserve role in Seattle, and may have the opportunity to compete, especially with Marquand Manuel on the verge of testing free agency and Ken Hamlin recovering from injuries suffered in an off-field incident.


KICKER

Jeff Chandler (Cleveland) –
Chandler has made his rounds through the league in his three seasons. In Cleveland, Chandler should be viewed as insurance for Phil Dawson, the Browns consistent kicker. This appears to be a move by the Browns to have an additional kicker on the roster heading into training camp.


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