Pro Bowl WR DeSean Jackson is now a Washington Redskin!
This move must make QB Robert Griffin III smile. The Redskins offensive is now super-charged with the addition of the speedy Jackson to go along with WRs Pierre Garconand Andre Roberts, and burgeoning star TE Jordan Reed.
Good luck stopping those guys, NFL defenses. Oh and if you do, you'll be rewarded with a heaping serving of power RB Alfred Morris. The Redskins are stacked!
And it gets even juicier. By staying in the NFC East, Jackson will face the Philadelphia Eagles, the team that cut him, twice a year. Payback, anyone? You will not want to miss those Redskin - Eagles games this year!
MONDAY MORNING UPDATE
While you were out playing 60 this weekend, all 32 NFL teams were hard at work improving their rosters.
Check out the latest and let us know: who did the best?
The Saints re-resigned OT Zach Strief.
The Patriots re-signed WR Julian Edelman and signed WR Brandon LaFell.
The Jets re-signed LB Calvin Pace.
The Colts signed WR Hakeem Nicks.
The Browns signed RB Ben Tate.
The Eagles signed S Nate Allen.
The Giants signed CB Walter Thurmond.
The Broncos signed WR Emmanuel Sanders.
WR Lance Moore is visiting with the Steelers.
QB Brandon Weedenand DE Jared Allen are speaking with the Cowboys.
FRIDAY NIGHT UPDATE
Free agent Friday fun fest! The action keeps happening furiously fast. Which of these moves do you the like the best...or not like at all?
The Bears re-signed Charles Tillman.
The Packers resigned DT B.J. Raji.
The Vikings resigned WR Jerome Simpson.
The Buccaneers signed C Evan Dietrich-Smith.
The Dolphins signed DB Cortland Finnegan and G Shelly Smith.
The Ravens signed WR Steve Smith.
The Titans have signed Michael Oher.
The Dallas the Cowboys are looking at DE Julius Peppers.
WR Emmanuel Sanders is talking to the 49ers and the Chiefs.
DB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is talking to both the Jets and the Giants.
FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE
Did you sleep well last night? Because while you were dreaming of puppy dogs and cotton candy, several NFL teams were shaking, baking and deal-making.
Be sure to leave a comment about which teams are making the best moves.
The Ravens re-signed LB Daryl Smith.
The 49ers re-signed CB Tarell Brown.
The Lions re-signed TE Brandon Pettigrew.
The Titans signed LB Wesley Woodyard.
LB Brandon Spikes is talking with the Bills today. Stay tuned.
DE Henry Melton is deciding between the Cowboys and the Seahawks.
OT Donald Penn is close to signing with the Raiders.
WR Julian Edelman will visit the 49ers today.
THURSDAY NIGHT UPDATE
The Bills re-signed TE Scott Chandler.
The Jaguars re-signed DE Jason Babin.
The Cardinals signed WR Ted Ginn and LB Matt Shaughnessy.
The Raiders signed DT Justin Tuck and DE/OLB LaMarr Woodley.
The Redskins signed DTs JasonHatcher and Clifton Geathers and LB Darryl Sharpton.
The Vikings signed DB Captain Munnerlyn.
The Colts signed C Phil Costa.
The Chargers signed QB Kellen Clemens.
TE Brandon Pettigrew is reportedly nearing a deal with Jets.
WR Andrew Hawkins is on the verge of a deal with the Browns.
THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE
In a bizarre series of events, OT Rodger Saffold failed his physical with the Raiders and then was re-signed, and passed his physical, by the Rams.
The Ravens re-signed WR Jacoby Jones.
WR Steve Smith was released by the Carolina Panthers. Some team is going to get a great "catch" there.
CB Darrelle Revis signed with the Patriots. Wow.
The New York Jets signed WR Eric Decker.
The Eagles traded for RB Darren Spoles and signed CB Nolan Carrol.
The Buccaneers made yet another big move by signing OT Anthony Collins.
The Jaguars signed DE Chris Clemonsand DT Ziggy Hood.
The Redskins signed DB Tracy Potter.
Not Sure, Yet
WR Hakeem Nicks has visited the Panthers, Colts and Chargers.
The Giants are reportedly talking with WR Ted Ginn.
The Dolphins re-signed DT Randy Starks.
The Ravens re-signed WR Jacoby Jones.
The Giants have re-signed LB Jon Beason.
The Seahawks have re-signed DT Tony McDaniel.
ON THE MOVE
Wow! The Broncos continued their massive talent build-up by signing Pro Bowl DE DeMarcus Ware.
The Lions signed WR Golden Tate.
The Buccaneers signed QB Josh McCown.
The Vikings signed DT Linval Joseph.
The Buccaneers released DB Darrelle Revis.
The Browns released QBs Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell.
TUESDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE
It's on! The first day of Free Agency hit like an all-pro linebacker, as teams rushed to add the best available players to their rosters.
Surprise...Darren McFadden is staying with the Raiders! But a bunch of other players landed on new teams, check it out below.
The Ravens have re-signed OT Eugene Monroe.
The Colts have re-signed DB Vontae Davis.
The Raiders have re-signed RB Darren McFadden.
The Falcons signed DT Paul Soliai, DE Tyson Jackson and G Jon Asamoah.
The Browns signed LB Karlos Dansby and S Donte Witner.
The Dolphins signed OT Branden Albert and DT Earl Mitchell.
The Cardinals signed OT Jared Veldheer.
The Raiders signed OT Rodger Saffold.
The Jaguars signed G Zane Beadles.
The Buccaneers signed DE Michael Johnson.
The Chicago Bears signed DE Lamarr Houston.
The Colts signed LB Arthur Jones.
The Titans signed KR Dexter McCluster.
The Broncos have signed S T.J. Ward.
The 49ers signed S Antoine Bethea.
The Eagles signed S Malcom Jenkins.
The Giants signed RB Rashad Jennings and LB O'Brien Schofield.
The Redskins signed WR Andre Roberts.
Which team made the best Free Agent pick-up so far? Tell us in comments!
TUESDAY MORNING UPDATE
In the calm before tonight's storm of transactions, we have a couple of updates to give you on players re-signing with their current teams ... and a few other rumors to whet your appetite.
Players staying with their current teams
The Bengals have re-signed KR Brandon Tate.
The Colts have re-signed K Adam Vinatieri for two more years.
The Giants re-signed a trio of players: DB Trumaine McBride, RB Peyton Hillis and G Kevin Boothe.
The Redskins have re-signed LB PerryRiley.
The Lions are not letting RB Joique Bell get away; they signed him to a two-year extension.
The Falcons have resigned Jonathan Babineaux.
If there are not able to strike a trade, the Buccaneers are expected to release DB Darrelle Revis.
Word on the street has the Panthers and WR Steve Smith parting ways.
The Buccaneers are rumored to have a deal in place with DE Michael Johnson.
It looks like the Redskins will be signing WR Andre Roberts.
The Colts and the Steelers are the favorites to land LB Arthur Jones.
Bears are actively pursuing DE Lamarr Houston.
As expected, the weekend saw a flurry of activity...but the real fun begins tonight at midnight. That's when free agent players are officially able to sign with other teams. Stay tuned, it's going to get crazy!
A bunch of teams resigned their stars before they could test the free agent waters, most notably the Seahawks resigning star defensive end Michael Bennett.
Check out who else is staying with their current team:
DE Michael Bennett resigned with the Seahawks.
LB D'Qwell Jackson resigned with the Colts.
CB Sam Shields resigned with the Packers.
DB Brent Grimes resigned with the Dolphins.
QB Chad Henne resigned with the Jaguars.
QB Matt Cassel resigned with the Vikings.
WR Anquan Boldin resigned with the 49ers.
TE Dennis Pittare signed with the Ravens.
The Dolphins appear on the verge of signing OT Branden Albert.
The Cardinals are the early favorite to sign LT Jared Veldheer.
The Colts are close to a deal to keep DB Vontae Davis.
The Jets are hoping to sign S T.J. Ward.
T Eugene Monroe is expected to resign with the Ravens.
DB Antonio Cromartie was released by the Jets.
The NFL's version of The Wild West begins this Saturday at noon, as hundreds of NFL players will be free to sign with any team that offers them a contract. Think of it as a massive fantasy football swap meet with teams bidding on the players of their choice.
It's going to be crazy! Lucky for you, we've got this handy-dandy NFL RUSH Free Agent Tracker for you. We will constantly update with all the free agent action, so check back often.
We've listed our top 10 offensive and defensive free agents below. Tell us in comments which one you want for your team!
Top 10 Offensive Free Agents
Top 10 Defensive Free Agents
1. Eugene Monroe
2. Branden Albert
3. Ben Tate
4. Eric Decker
5. Hakeem Nicks
6. Knowshon Moreno
7. Julian Edelman
8. Darren McFadden
9. Maurice Jones-Drew
10. Michael Vick
1. Jairus Byrd
2. Michael Johnson
3. Aqib Talib
4. Alterraun Verner
5. Lamarr Houston
6. Michael Bennett
7. Vontae Davis
8. T.J. Ward
9. Randy Starks
10. Karlos Dansby
Be sure to tune into the NFL Network this weekend to catch all of the action!
The offseason has reached the two month mark, and free agency will be starting soon. One of the active teams, the Baltimore Ravens, who lost most of their players after the 2012 season, will probably be making a few other big changes as they look to stay in contention. Here is a recap of the first 2 months of the offseason for the Ravens.
The first move that the Ravens made in the offseason was in the coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell was chosen as the newest head coach of the Detroit Lions, so the first priority was to find a new OC. The wait did not last long. Former Texans coach Gary Kubiak was chosen for the job. Kubiak helped the Texans have a great rushing attack (with Arian Foster and Ben Tate) and a solid passing attack (with Andre Johnson). He will look to improve the underachieving running game while developing former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco.
The second priority was to retain some of the stars. Two important players, tight end Dennis Pitta and linebacker Terrell Suggs, were given multiyear contracts. Pitta was injured for most of last season but is Joe Flacco's favorite target. Suggs, a former Defensive Player of the Year, is the best defensive player and leader, not to mention a fan favorite, and the deal will likely make him a Raven for life. These were good moves that the Ravens needed to stay competitive.
Unfortunately for Baltimore, Joe Flacco's massive contract caused them to lose a lot of players last year and will again force them to cut players this year. Two underrated players, fullback Vonta Leach and linebacker Jameel McClain, will be let go after multiple seasons with the team. Leach is a former All-Pro, but he was not a priority for the team. McClain has been with the team for many years but Suggs was needed more. These two moves saved up about 5 million in cap space but will hurt the team.
The Ravens will make a few more moves, ranging from free agency to the draft. Other free agents for the team include offensive tackle Michael Oher, receiver and return specialist Jacoby Jones, linebacker Daryl Smith, offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, defensive end Arthur Jones, safety James Ihedgibo and cornerback Corey Graham. Oher will likely not be resigned, and Monroe was not given the franchise tag. Daryl Smith and Jacoby Jones should be retained because the Ravens have needs at both of their positions. Unfortunately for Ravens fans, most of these players will be let go into the market.
Hopefully, Ozzie Newsome will get a few free agents this offseason. Baltimore has needs at fullback because of Leach's departure, wide receiver, offensive line, and secondary. The most important are probably wide receiver and offensive line. Joe Flacco had a career high in interceptions and the running game was the worst in the NFL despite having star Ray Rice- both partly because the offensive line. Receiver is also a real need because the Ravens have only two proven targets- Pitta and receiver Torrey Smith. Baltimore should aim for a few players to help those needs. Current Raven Eugene Monroe and Chief Brandon Albert should be signed to fill one of the offensive tackle spots, and Alex Mack is a great free agent center. Wide receivers are also a big need and a few bargains are Eagles receiver Jason Avant, Cardinals receiver Andre Roberts, and Chiefs Do-It-All man Dexter McCluster, one of my favorite players in the league.
The Ravens also have multiple draft picks to fill their needs. General Manager Ozzie Newsome has a top 20 pick to use for the first round, and there are a few players that could fall into their hands. Receivers Marqise Lee and Mike Evans would be great fits and tackles Taylor Lewin and Zack Martin are also solid picks. If C.J. Mosley is still available, the former Alabama inside linebacker would be the perfect fit in the defense. In the last 6 rounds, the Ravens should choose dynamic playmakers, such as Kent State RB Dri Archer, but the emphasis should be toward offensive line and receiver help.
Baltimore did not make the playoffs last year, but hopefully they will make a few signings that will bring them back into the mix. Their moves in the last two months have certainly helped that goal.
NFLRUSH Kid Reporter
The NFL season has been nothing short of extraordinary so far. We have seen a team with just two wins last year come back and become a playoff contender, several almost record setting performances, and huge upsets. In just a blink of an eye, ten weeks of the season have passed! The playoffs aren't even close to being set, though. So, which teams will make it into playoffs?
The NFC East:
Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys have come so far since last season defensively and offensively. The defense has made a huge leap this year. Jason Hatcher has seven sacks so far and Sean Lee is third in the league with 93 tackles. On the other side of the ball, Tony Romo has been amazing. His 2,681 passing yards rank third in the NFC, and his 21 touchdown passes ranks third in the league. Wide receiver Dez Bryant has also been great. He is currently seventh in receiving yards and is a part of a great Cowboys receiving corps. If the Cowboys can continue playing at the rate that they are at right now, they will easily win the East.
The NFC South:
New Orleans Saints: The Saints have the best passing game in the NFC and don't look to slow down any time soon. Lead by Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham, this team has been amazing. Brees ranks second in passing yards only to Peyton Manning in the league and has the most passing yards in the NFC. Jimmy Graham has transformed the tight end position. He leads the league with ten touchdowns and is fifth in terms of receiving yards. New defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has been a huge pick-up for the Saints. The defense was pretty good before Ryan, but not this good. The Saints have been playing at an extremely high level. Let's see if they can keep it up in the final seven games of the season!
The NFC West:
Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks have been the favorite for this division since the start of the season. They have continued to play as they were expected to play before the season and even better. The defense, lead by Richard Sherman, has been amazing. Sherman is tied for third in the league with four interceptions and has a pick-six to his credit. Marshawn Lynch has been playing at a very high level. Lynch's 871 rushing yards rank second in the league, and his seven touchdowns rank third. If the Seahawks can keep this up, they could represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.
The NFC North:
Detroit Lions: The Lions have continued to be one of the most fun teams to watch in football. The offense is incredibly strong with Matthew Stafford throwing rockets to Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush exploding for huge runs. Stafford has thrown 19 touchdowns this year, almost half of those to Johnson, and ranks second in the NFC in passing yards with 2,836. Bush has been incredible! He is ninth in the league with 623 rushing yards and has four rushes for over 20 yards (even though he missed a game due to injury). If the Lions D can step it up over the home stretch, the Lions could be in the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
NFC Wild Card 1:
Carolina Panthers: Thanks to Luke Kuechly and the Panthers defense, the Panthers are in playoff contention. Kuechly has been phenomenal. His stats include 75 tackles and three interceptions. He should definitely be in consideration for defensive player of the year. Cam Newton has been amazing. He ranks sixth in qb rushing yards and has almost amassed 2,000 passing yards. If the Panthers can pull out both wins against the Patriots and one against the Saints, they could be in contention for a division title.
NFC Wild Card 2:
Arizona Cardinals: The Cards, after a terrible season, have bounced right back up. The Cardinals had some huge off-season changes, including the signings of coach Bruce Arians and player John Abraham. The young talent they already had is beginning to shine. Young receivers Andre Roberts and Michael Floyd along with veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald have been enjoying catching passes from veteran Carson Palmer. The Cardinals have a rather tough schedule, but if they can win five out of the next seven games, a playoff berth could be in their future.
New England Patriots: The Patriots have been great this season. After losing several key pieces, it was unsure if the Patriots could come back and play at the level that they were at prior. The answer: yes. Tom Brady has turned his new, young receivers into stars. Brady has passed for 2,256 yards and 13 tds. The Patriots defense has been solid this year. Aquib Talib is third in the league with four interceptions. The Patriots have been a surprising team to me. Can they keep it up?
Indianapolis Colts: With the King of the Comebacks on your side, it's hard to lose. Second-year QB Andrew Luck has been nothing short of a first overall pick. He has more passing yards than Joe Flacco or Tom Brady with 2,430. If the Colts want to win this division, the run game needs to step up. Acquired in September, Trent Richardson has majorly underperformed in every game the Colts have played. The defense, however, has been playing outstandingly. The defense held the 49ers to just 7 points in a win in San Francisco. If Trent Richardson starts playing better, the Colts could go deep into the playoffs.
Denver Broncos: The Broncos have been playing amazingly. Peyton Manning's 33 td passes are first in the league. How good is he? The closest to that mark is Drew Brees with 25 TD passes. Peyton also leads the league in passing yards with 3,249. The receiving corps have been phenomenal. As mentioned before, they have caught Peyton's passes for touchdowns 33 times! However, the defense needs to be making more big plays. With Von Miller's return, it shouldn't be long until we see that. The Broncos are in an extremely tough division with the Chiefs and the Chargers, but with Peyton Manning throwing passes, it shouldn't be to hard to take home the division crown.
Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, the leagues leading receiver, has lead the Bengals to a great season. Young QB Andy Dalton, "The Red Rocket," has exceeded expectations this year. His 2,861 passing yards rank third in the league. AJ Green is the leagues leading receiver in terms of receiving yards, with 1,013(Calvin Johnson has 904). The D has majorly stepped up. Vontaze Burfict leads the league with 103 tackles. If AJ Green and Andy Dalton continue at this rate, a playoff run could be in store.
AFC Wild Card 1:
Kansas City Chiefs: It is hard to believe that this team was 2-14 last season. They have been playing extraordinary. This thanks to a huge offseason where the Chiefs signed coach Andy Reid and traded for Alex Smith. The pass rush on the defense has been the best I have ever seen. Justin Houston is third in the league with 11.0 sacks, and Tamba Hali is fifth with 9.0. Running back Jamaal Charles has been explosive. His 725 rushing yards are more than Matt Forte, Eddie Lacy, or Chris Johnson! I knew that the Chiefs would play good this year, but I didn't expect anything like this!
AFC Wild Card 2:
San Diego Chargers: Good news Charger fans, the old Phillip Rivers is back! Rivers is playing at the level he was playing before he fell into a slump last year. Rivers ranks third in the AFC with 2,691 passing yards and ranks second in the AFC in tds. The defense has been decent this year, in one game holding the Colts to just nine points. The run game has been solid. Ryan Matthews is fifth in the AFC with 539 rushing yards and receiving running back Danny Woodhead is a great running back on third down. If the defense can continue to get the ball in Phillip Rivers' hands, they could be the surprise team in the playoffs.
We thought it might be fun to get the opinions of the NFLRUSH community on which player is the best one on all 32 teams. We randomly selected the Arizona Cardinals to be the next team for this poll.
Based on their skills and importance to the team we narrowed down their roster to the 5 finalists listed below in alphabetical order.
Calais Campbell (DE)
Larry Fitzgerald (WR)
Carson Palmer (QB)
Patrick Peterson (DB)
Andre Roberts (WR)
Our Pick: Larry Fitzgerald
Despite his stats dropping off considerably last year, there’s not a single NFL fan who doubts the greatness of Larry Fitzgerald. He’s arguably the most talented WR in the entire league, and almost single-handedly gives the Cardinals offense a threat to score on every play.