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News: FOXSports - NFL off-season: How did your team do?

Discussion in 'News Zone' started by Lord Sun, May 19, 2004.

  1. Lord Sun

    Lord Sun New Member

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    The Eagles hated to see Troy Vincent leave. He was a starter at cornerback in Philadelphia for eight years, but the Bills made the free agent an offer he couldn't refuse.

    Of course, the Bills were in desperate need of a top-flight corner because Antoine Winfield signed with Minnesota. That was good news for the Vikings, who let Denard Walker go to Oakland, which saw Terrance Shaw flee to Carolina, which gave up Terry Cousin to the Giants, who let Ralph Brown escape to Washington, which traded Champ Bailey to the Broncos, who shipped Deltha O'Neal to Cincinnati, which lost Jeff Burris to New England.

    The movement hasn't been limited to corners. Numerous superstars — including wide receiver Terrell Owens, defensive end Jevon Kearse, running back Clinton Portis and defensive tackle Warren Sapp — also will wear new uniforms this season. There's no doubt 2004 has been an incredibly active offseason, and June 1 cuts still are a week away.

    Factor in seven head coaching changes, 15 new defensive coordinators and a few extreme makeovers in the draft — highlighted by the No. 1 pick ending up in the No. 1 market — and there's no denying the landscape has shifted considerably since the Patriots won Super Bowl XXXVIII.

    Overall free-agent movement actually is down when compared with the past few years, but the rare big-name trades of Portis, Owens and Bailey have contributed to this offseason's frenetic feel.

    Even the Super Bowl champs said goodbye to four integral players, signed a pair of free agents and traded for running back Corey Dillon just before the draft. Scott Pioli, the Patriots' vice president of player personnel, says a team's philosophy isn't as important as its judgment.

    "Initially, we all believed that when free agency comes around, you've got to sign other players," he says. "Lately that's changed to, 'the teams that are successful are the ones that sign their own players.' The reality is that the best way to succeed in free agency is to sign the right players."

    Finding the right players — and coaches — is every team's offseason goal, but not every team makes all the right moves. The Bears have made the most changes this offseason — replacing 11 starters and the coaching staff — but not necessarily the best ones. The Ravens, one of the league's least active teams, having replaced only two starters, grade out quite well on our offseason report card for the few moves they did make.

    How did your team do?

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    Dallas Cowboys. At first look, Tampa Bay got the better of the Joey Galloway-for-Keyshawn Johnson deal. Of course, Bill Parcells has some positive history with Johnson. The Cowboys should have a couple of changes on the offensive line, but of greater consequence is the gain of defensive end Marcellus Wiley and the loss of cornerback Mario Edwards. Grade: C+
  2. supertitan17

    supertitan17 Benched

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    I don't think anybody got the better end of that deal. It was a 50/50, win/win deal.

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