Mar. 17, 2018 By: Joshua Robinson
There has been a lot of commotion about many key players in the NFL that are being traded right now because of their contract being released. Some have found new homes, and some are still on the market. Some teams also agreed to stay with the team they’ve been playing with. Teams are still negotiating about different deals they will give to different players.
Here are a few key free agents that have found a new home.
As you all know, Cornerback Richard Sherman is recovering from a torn achilles that ended his 2107-18 season. On Friday, Mar. 9th, the Seattle Seahawks released the seven year veteran. It has been a rumor for two days prior to this event, but it was hard to believe. One of the key players on the Legion of Boom has found a new home, and it didn’t take long
Richard Sherman agreed to a three-year $39 million contract with the San Fransisco 49ers the next day. This is a huge gain for the Niners and also a huge bonus for the seven year vet, which topped his $11 million that Seattle was offering. When Sherman is fully recovered and is 100%, he will be back to the fierce, lockdown corner as before. He has been a key player to Seattle’s defense throughout his whole NFL career. Sherman helped lead the Seahawks to Super Bowl 48 on Feb. 2, 2014. He also has a career high of 32 interceptions, 367 tackles, and 99 pass deflections.
Tyrann Matthieu has also been the main topic this past week as well since he became a free agent. He has been struggling during his five years in the NFL due to his past injuries. Three of his seasons had ended with him being on the injury reserved list. The Arizona Cardinals tried to get the young safety to take a pay cut. He declined the offer, and they’d cut him loose on Wednesday. But it didn’t take long for the Honey Badger to find a new home as well.
On Friday, Mar. 16, Matthieu had agreed to a one year contract with the Houston Texans. There, he will become a huge addition to the team’s, young, rebuilding defense, along with former defensive MVP, JJ Watt, Jadeveon Clowny, and cornerback Kareem Jackson. With Matthieu being a versatile defensive back, he will be a huge help to the Texans.
The Oakland Raiders had released wide receiver Michael Crabtree on Thursday due to his attitude problems. Mar. 15. The day after, the Baltimore Ravens had signed him to a three year $21 million contract. Baltimore has been low on their receiving core this year. Crabtree will be a key receiver to the Raven’s offense due to his high level of experience and his red zone skills. He is also a quick route runner and can make good separation. He will also work well with former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver, John Brown, who will also become a key receiver to the offense.
The Raiders might have lost Crabtree, but they gained another dangerous weapon to their offense. Free agent wide receiver, Jordy Nelson signed a two year $15 million contract with Oakland. Nelson was a ten year veteran of the Green Bay Packers, leading his team to a Super Bowl win in 2010. He was one Aaron Rodger’s best options to throw to in the passing game. He was able to stretch out into open field, becoming a huge threat in the red zone. Along with Amari Cooper, Nelson would be a huge help on the Raiders’ offense.
Kirk Cousins struck gold by becoming the Minnesota Vikings new quarterback. He not only attained a spot on a new team, he is getting paid a lot of money while doing it.Cousins had been the quarterback for the Washington Redskins for over six years. The Redskins, at first, were paying him $44 million for the past two years, but Cousins had lost interest. The Vikings offered Cousins an $84 million deal that is guaranteed fully. This is one of the richest contract in NFL history. By doing this, this makes him the first quarterback to sign a multi year guaranteed contract, and he is also the highest paid player in the history of the NFL.
Cousins is one of the NFL”s top 10 quarterbacks since 2015. He has a total of 16,206 passing yards and 99 touchdowns for his whole career. Cousins would be a great leader to the Vikings’ offense, for he also has dangerous receiving threats that he can throw to. He also has Dalvin Cook signed up alongside with him in the backfield.
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