Free Agent Signings, Analysis

While the whole structure of the league was in limbo this last week, many teams were able to make moves and sign veterans that had been outright released by other teams. Here is the analysis of those most recent signings and how it will impact their new teams.


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.


La'Roi Glover (St. Louis)
– Glover remains a solid defensive lineman and should improve an already-quick Rams from four. Undersized for the 3-4 in Dallas, Glover should excel in the familiar 4-3 that 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.


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.


Shaunard Harts (Seattle)
– Harts is player that 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.


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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