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  1. It's the NFL offseason; the long, daunting time where there's nothing but infomercials on Sundays. It's also a time where conversations concerning free agency and the draft are high, in which every fan hopes their team nails just the right players to get them to the big game. Free Agency is the first major phase of the off-season, in which players who have expired contracts on their current teams hit what's known as the "open market" in which teams "bid out" contracts for the player to play for their team. It's a very interesting and fun time for the most die-hard of football fans. Since I believe it'll be a major hassle to see many separate threads on free agents, I decided I would help things out and create a main "big thread" concerning free agents. In this thread, I believe it would be best to post any tweets, news, ideas, or anything concerning free agents; whether it be players signing contracts, contract negotiations, teams who are bidding for a particular player, or anything really about any free agent. Post all the news about Free Agents here. Hopefully a mod or Igo sees this (nudge nudge @Jeremy Igo) and decides to pin this key thread, as I believe it'd be helpful for most Huddlers to have a bunched up topic to see news on free agency like last year. Free Agency Dates: February 15: First day for teams to designate franchise or transition players March 1: Prior to 4:00 p.m. ET: Deadline for clubs to designate franchise or transition players March 7-9: Teams are permitted to contact and enter into negotiations with unrestricted free agents. However, a contract cannot be executed until 4:00 p.m. ET on March 9. March 9: New league year begins at 4:00 ET - Free Agency begins with old contracts expiring. To see more offseason dates, please refer to this thread: Some things I'll note about this particular Free Agency class: Stacked at Safety: Pending completion of Franchise Tags and such, this is arguably a pretty deep safety class. While Eric Berry dominates the headlines, guys like Cyprien, Jefferson, Demps, Church, and even Adams (Mike Adams) and Addae could make an impact. Very good year to be looking for a safety - especially Strong Safety - in this year's market. Guys that could make an impact littered everywhere. No excuse to NOT come out with something from here. No Pass Rushers: With guys like JPP, Melvin Ingram, Chandler Jones, and Kawann Short getting franchise tagged, it's a pretty bad year if your team is in need of a pass rusher. Expect many mediocre / 1 year wonder guys to get overpaid, and don't expect old pass rushers to be ruled out of that possibility either. Weak OT Class: Seems like this is almost always the case, where franchise tackles are locked up for a while or traded when necessary. Now, that's not to say there isn't people that could be found/traded for, but FA shows there's not much hope for those needing a franchise OT. Appears the draft is the only area where teams can even hope to get a good OT nowadays, and even this draft class is extremely weak. WR Class Solid; Not Spectacular: It's an okay year to be looking for a wide receiver. A good bit of slot guys on the market with upside, and some good players that'll probably be overpaid. While Jeffrey and Jackson likely longshots for us, there's still a good bit of reliable receivers that we could look into. With Kelvin Benjamin finishing the year strong after disappointing throughout most of the season due to swelling and overwork and Damiere Byrd improving every year, we likely just need to find a reliable slot receiver. Panthers already had talks with Victtor Cruz with both sides agreeing the meeting went well, so we're definitely looking into that category. Free Agency Resources: - Good tracker for those of you wanting a bit of a more football-skill oriented view of free agents on the market. Gives out PFF Analysis grades per each free agent and updates player's FA status. - NFL's official free agency news tracker. Go here for extra information concerning the signing of free agents and such. - For contract oriented deals and such - along with cap info - this is a pretty good resource for that kind of information. Twitter Accounts To Follow: @AdamSchefter and @RapSheet are two good accounts to get the latest info on anything football-related. So, let free agency begin!
  2. One of the few moves the Hornets will be making in free agency is whether or not to re-sign 22 year old big man Bismack Biyombo. After playing out all 4 years of his rookie scale contract, the team now has to make a decision on whether or not to extend the qualifying offer to Biyombo. For those unfamiliar with the way the rookie contract system works in the NBA, every rookie first round pick (Biyombo was pick 7 in 2011) drafted that comes over immediately is given a two year contract, with two team options for years three and four. After the rookie deal is played out, the team can extend the qualifying offer to the player, making him a restricted free agent. The player and team then have several options on where to go from there: The player can choose to simply play out the QO, becoming an unrestricted free agent the next offseason (The only player to ever decline offers and do this is Greg Monroe)The team can offer the player a new contract which, if accepted, starts immediatelyThe player can accept another team's offer, giving the original team (Hornets in this case) 3 days to decide whether or not they wish to match the contract Bismack Biyombo came into the league as an incredibly raw prospect, playing basketball for a very short amount of time before becoming an NBA player. Draft Express said in an article written on Biyombo pre-draft: Knowing he would be a project when he was drafted with the 7th pick in the 2011 draft, the Hornets pulled the trigger on him anyway. After two seasons of starting and being the main center for the Charlotte Bobcats, the organization decided to sign free agent center Al Jefferson to a contract, making Biyombo the backup big man on a better team. The last two seasons Biyombo has been used as the backup center, and has done largely the same statistically as his two years starting, even with less minutes. Biyombo even started 21 games this past season when Jefferson went down with a calf injury. The team did not suffer a drop off, and actually went 11-10 with him in the starting lineup. Bismack Biyombo is a defensive presence that is very good at protecting the rim. Biyombo averaged 2.9 block per 36 minutes last season, and has averaged 2.7 blocks per 36 minutes for his career through four years. In comparison to the other perceived great rim protectors in the NBA: Tyson Chandler through four years: 2.2 blocks per 36DeAndre Jordan through four years: 2.5 blocks per 36Anthony Davis through three years: 2.7 block per 36Serge Ibaka through four years: 3.5 blocks per 36As you can see Biyombo is in some fine company as far as blocking shots goes. In fact, of players playing over 1000 minutes last season, Bismack Biyombo ranked 4th in blocks per 36 minutes. Biyombo is quite obviously an elite shot blocker at the NBA level already, which is very impressive considering the fact that he is 6'8". Another part of the game where Bismack Biyombo shines is in his rebounding prowess. Biyombo averaged 11.8 rebounds per 36 minutes last season, and has averaged 10.4 rebounds per 36 minutes on his career. Again, lets compare that to four of the perceived nest rebounders in the NBA through their first four seasons: Kevin Garnett through four years: 8.5 rebounds per 36DeAndre Jordan through four years: 10.8 rebounds per 36Dwight Howard through four years: 12.2 rebounds per 36Andre Drummond through three years: 14.9 rebounds per 36Again, it's pretty apparent that Biyombo is a very good rebounder. I wouldn't classify him as elite, but he very good at rebounding. So, despite Biyombo's many offensive flaws (he can hardly catch a basketball), I believe the front office should extend at the very least the qualifying offer to Biyombo. Biyombo's qualifying offer is $5,479,933. For a team that's over the cap and not in a position to offer anymore than the MLE and bi-annual exception to free agents, there is no reason Biyombo shouldn't receive it. With the acquisition of Spencer Hawes in the earlier trade with the Clippers, and the drafting of Frank Kaminsky, the Hornets do have a frontcourt logjam at the moment. But Biyombo provides defense and rebounding that no one else on this team can provide. Couple that with the fact that $5 million will be nothing with the cap going up and the Hornets organization would be making a mistake letting this promising big man go just because he is offensively limited. He has an elite skill, and that alone makes him valuable. Note: All stats used in this post are from basketball reference This is the first blog post like this I've done. Please do provide feedback on this, positive or negative. I hope to provide a few more of these, including a cap breakdown when free agency starts. Follow me on twitter.
  3. This week on the Huddle Podcast we are joined by Carolina Panthers writer Max Henson to discuss free agency and more. Really great insight from Max on Dave Gettleman. Definitely worth a listen. Over an hour of Panthers chatter. Direct MP3 Link Subscribe via iTunes
  4. According to Ian Rapoport, NFL wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Randall Cobb will not be franchised by their respective teams. Panthers fans have targeted both receivers as possible additions in Carolina, but that outcome appears to be highly unlikely. Jeremy Maclin and the Philadelphia Eagles continue to work on a deal. Neither party appear to be interested in parting ways. Randall Cobb will probably not play for the Green Bay Packers next year, but as a top dollar free agent prospect he falls out of the Dave Gettleman budget. I'll spare you the "Tiffanys" label. Don't expect either of these players to be in Carolina this season.
  5. As we sit in mid February, otherwise known as NFL no man's land, I thought it might be useful to take a look ahead to March and see what we can expect from Dave Gettleman. I think the best way to do that would be to take a look at the transactions from his two past seasons for the month of March, and in particular the free agent signings. 2013 March 27, 2013 Re-signed DT Dwan Edwards. March 21, 2013 Re-signed CB Captain Munnerlyn to a one-year contract. Signed S Mike Mitchell to a one-year contract. March 19, 2013 Signed CB D.J. Moore. March 9, 2013 Released CB Chris Gamble. March 1, 2013 Released DT Ron Edwards. 2014 March 20, 2014 Signed WR Jerricho Cotchery to a two-year contract. March 18, 2014 Signed S Roman Harper to a two-year contract. March 18, 2014 Re-signed LB Jason Williams and CB James Dockery. March 18, 2014 Signed TE Mike McNeill to a two-year contract. March 13, 2014 Released WR Steve Smith. March 10, 2014 Re-signed FB Richie Brockel to a two-year contract Re-signed OL Garry Williams to a one-year contract. In both years, notice there are no signings during the first week of free agency. While many other teams are agreeing to terms and signing with free agents during the first week of free agency, the Panthers sit and wait. Mainly due to the lack of available funds to pay salary, but also partly due to Gettleman not wanting to over spend for marginal players. Notice in each year there was a significant free agency signing around the 20th of March (both at safety coincidentally). 10 days after the players became available, gauged interest, and let the dust settle. Even though the Panthers have a little more purse this offseason, I expect this pattern will continue. I don't expect the Panthers to make a significant free agent signing right away, as much as Panthers fans would love it. Instead, look for them to watch as other teams overpay. Instead, they will again sit back and wait for a bargain for an experience veteran at a position of need.
  6. Dallas is in quite a conundrum this off season. They are in the rare position of having two starting caliber right tackles on the team, but both will be free agents come March 10. Doug Free was the starter most of the 2014 season with the Cowboys until a foot injury sidelined him. Then, Jermey Parnell stepped in and played just as well as Free, including starting the two playoff games. It is doubtful that Dallas will sign both players, as both know now that they are starters in the NFL. So one of these guys will be available. Most agree Free is the better player, but not by much. Parnell is 3 years younger, the Cowboys may go with youth. The Panthers look like they have a solid player in Mike Remmers, but there is no depth at tackle on the squad. The idea of bringing in another right tackle to compete, or possibly even toying with either at left tackle may be enticing to Dave Gettleman.
  7. Dallas is in quite a conundrum this off season. They are in the rare position of having two starting caliber right tackles on the team, but both will be free agents come March 10. Doug Free was the starter most of the 2014 season with the Cowboys until a foot injury sidelined him. Then, Jermey Parnell stepped in and played just as well as Free, including starting the two playoff games. It is doubtful that Dallas will sign both players, as both know now that they are starters in the NFL. So one of these guys will be available. Most agree Free is the better player, but not by much. Parnell is 3 years younger, the Cowboys may go with youth. The Panthers look like they have a solid player in Mike Remmers, but there is no depth at tackle on the squad. The idea of bringing in another right tackle to compete, or possibly even toying with either at left tackle may be enticing to Dave Gettleman.
  8. With the next significant NFL date being the start of Free Agency on March 10, I thought I would take a look at the NFC South and see what teams are dealing with. Carolina has the fewest amount of Unrestricted Free Agents in the NFC South at 11. The Atlanta Falcons have the most at a whopping 19. I am not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing for their new coaching staff. It may help a great deal in molding the team they want. Here are the Unrestricted Free Agents by team... Atlanta Falcons - 19 UFA Osi Umenyiora Sean Weatherspoon Kroy Biermann Matt Bryant Jacquizz Rodgers Corey Peters Robert McClain Gabe Carimi Antone Smith Mike Johnson Cliff Matthews T.J. Yates Josh Wilson Javier Arenas Dwight Lowery Eric Weems Bear Pascoe Charles Godfrey Jonathan Scott Carolina Panthers - 11 UFA Greg Hardy Byron Bell Dwan Edwards Colin Cole Chase Blackburn Joe Webb Ed Dickson Kevin Matthews Garry Williams James Dockery Chris Scott New Orleans Saints - 13 UFA Patrick Robinson Mark Ingram Luke McCown Ramon Humber Parys Haralson Jonathan Goodwin Cheta Ozougwu Robert Meachem Shayne Graham Brandon Deaderick Jamarca Sanford Moise Fokou Greg Romeus Tampa Bay - 12 UFA Adrian Clayborn Mike Jenkins Mason Foster Dane Fletcher Da'Quan Bowers Luke Stocker Oniel Cousins Major Wright Larry English Jason Williams Lawrence Sidbury Greg Ellingson info provided by sport trac
  9. The Carolina Panthers have two veteran defensive tackles that are unrestricted free agents this offseason, Colin Cole and Dwan Edwards. Colin Cole first came to the Panthers as a run defense specialist in 2013. Since then he has carved out a spot on the Panthers roster as a defensive tackle to spell Star Lotulelei. Cole the type of low budget rotational player that is key to the long term success of the Panthers. Cole has always had consistent play for the Panthers. Not great, not bad, but good enough to stop the run when asked to fill in. Typically he gets somewhere between 20-30 snaps a game. Cole is now 34 years old. Dwan Edwards is also available for other teams to sign. Edwards is 33 years old and gets somewhere between 30-40 snaps a game. Edwards made a little over 2 million last year. The Panthers need to keep one of these players on the roster. They can't afford to lose quality depth at defensive tackle. GM Dave Gettleman always says you have to first stop the run to be able to get to the QB. Having two inexperienced guys back up Star and Short would not be ideal. In a perfect world, the Panthers could keep both of these players as both have performed well in the past. But realistically, there may be up to 10 rookies this season looking for roster spots, and I believe at least one will be defensive tackle. It may come down to which player is willing to accept a modest salary on a one year contract with the Panthers. Cole won't be sought after elsewhere, and Edwards may not be as well. Defensive tackles in the twilight of their careers aren't exactly a hot commodity in the NFL. Last year, Cole re-signed with the Panthers in April after being on the market for over a month. The demand just isn't there. If I had to make a guess, I would say that Dwan Edwards re-signs with the Panthers for around a million dollars on a one year contract and Cole retires.