NFC East: Free Agency Report Card

NFC East fans can find out how their team and their rivals did in handling player moves via free agency and trades from NFL Expert Tom Marino. And NFC North fans and AFC East fans should check out these moves as well, because your teams will lining up against these clubs in 2007!

Dallas Cowboys         Grade: A

Added Lost
OT Leonard Davis, Cardinals
S Ken Hamlin, Seahawks
QB Brad Johnson, Vikings
OL Jim Molinaro, Redskins
QB Drew Bledsoe (released)
DE Kenyon Coleman, Jets
OT Jason Fabini (released).
LB Ryan Fowler, Titans
TE Ryan Hannam (released/failed physical)
C Al Johnson, Cardinals

Brad Johnson (AP)
Re-signed:  OG Joe Berger, DE Stephen Bowen, OT Marc Colombo, WR Patrick Crayton, S Abram Elam, DE Junior Glymph, K Martin Gramatica, C Andre Gurode, CB Nate Jones, P Mat McBriar, FB Lousaka Polite, G Cory Procter, CB Jacques Reeves, DT Montavious Stanley 

Comments:  Big Leonard Davis has a ton of athletic ability, but has not played to the level that people expected when he was drafted by the Cardinals out of the University of Texas. Hamlin also has excellent tools, but must stay healthy.

Free agent losses were not extensive. Drew Bledsoe was easily replaced with the signing of another solid, yet unspectacular veteran, Brad Johnson. Re-signing Andre Gurode and RFA punter Mat McBriar--who averaged 48.2 yards per punt--were important moves for Dallas.

Philadelphia Eagles
        Grade: A-

Added Lost
WR Kevin Curtis, Rams
QB Kelly Holcomb (trade Bills).
WR Bethel Johnson, Vikings
DT Montae Reagor, Colts
DT Ian Scott, Bears
LB Takeo Spikes (trade Bills).
LB Shawn Barber, Texans
QB Jeff Garcia, Buccaneers
CB Rod Hood, Cardinals
LB Dhani Jones (released)
S Michael Lewism 49ers
DT Sam Rayburn (released)
WR Donte' Stallworth, Patriots
DT Darwin Walker (traded Bills)

Takeo Spikes (AP) (AP)
Re-signed:  RB Correll Buckhalter, CB William James, S Quintin Mikell, DE Juqua Thomas

Comments: The Eagles made some outstanding offseason moves that have significantly upgraded the club on both sides of the ball. Montae Reagor and Ian Scott more then make up for the loss of Walker (traded to the Bills). I really like the skills and speed that Kevin Curtis brings to the table. There's little room for argument that Takeo Spikes has slipped, but he still upgrades the Eagles at the linebacker position.

After losing quarterback Jeff Garcia, the Eagles may not fare as well if Donovan McNabb can't stay healthy for an entire season.

Washington Redskins        Grade: C

Added Lost
RB Derrick Blaylock, Jets
LB London Fletcher, Bills
CB David Macklin, Cardinals
CB Fred Smoot, Vikings
SS Omar Stoutmire, Saints
S Adam Archuleta (traded Bears)
OG Derrick Dockery, Bills
RB T.J. Duckett, Lions
TE Christian Fauria (released/failed physical)
PK John Hall (released)
LB Warrick Holdman, Broncos
OL Jim Molinaro, Cowboys
WR David Patten (released; post-June 1 designation)
S Troy Vincent (released)
CB Kenny Wright, Browns

London Fletcher (AP)
Re-signed:  DE Ryan Boschetti, P Derrick Frost, CB Ade Jimoh, G/C Mike Pucillo, S Vernon Fox, OT Todd Wade, TE Todd Yoder

Comments: David Macklin and London Fletcher were the big catches for Washington via free agency. Smoot, the former Redskin, played poorly in 2006 with the Vikings and is a real question mark. Even though Fletcher is entering his tenth season in the NFL, he's not showing signs of slowing down, posting at least 140 tackles in each of his last three seasons. Boschetti was not tendered by the team, but re-signed.

Few of the players lost will be missed. Archuleta never clicked in Washington and Troy Vincent will turn 36 in June. He's at the point in his career where he's trying to play a speed position against receivers practically half his age.

New York Giants        Grade: F

Added Lost
DT Marcus Bell, Lions
RB Reuben Droughns (trade Browns)
LB Kawika Mitchell, Chiefs
S Michael Stone, Texans
QB Anthony Wright, Bengals
K Lawrence Tynes (trade Chiefs)
LB LaVar Arrington (released/failed physical)
RB Tiki Barber (retired)
WR Tim Carter (traded Browns)
LB Carlos Emmons (released)
K Jay Feely, Dolphins
KR-RB Chad Morton (released/failed physical)
OT Luke Petitgout (released/failed physical).
TE Visanthe Shiancoe, Vikings
CB Frank Walker, Packers
OT Bob Whitfield (retired)

Reuben Droughns (AP)
Re-signed:  DE Titus Adams, DE Adrian Awasom, LS Ryan Kuehl, C Shaun O'Hara, G/C Grey Ruegamer, LB Reggie Torbor, WR Darius Watts, S Gibril Wilson

Comments: The Giants were not big players in the free agent market, signing only two significant players (Mitchell and Wright) during the process. Re-signing O'Hara was deemed important for maintaining stability of the offensive line after releasing Petitgout.

The Giants' biggest loss came through Tiki Barber's retirement and kicker Jay Feely's departure to Miami. Even though they just added former KC kicker Lawrence Tynes, they may not have adequately filled that spot on their roster. Tynes will have plenty to prove in training camp after a shaky 2006 season with the Chiefs.

Droughns will be a decent complement to Brandon Jacobs, but the Giants will still likely miss the presence of Barber on the field and as a leader.

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