Move: Santonio Holmes re-signed with the New York Jets for 5 years worth $50 million dollars, $24 million of it guaranteed.
Analysis: Great move. Sure, it was a bit pricey, but Holmes was the one receiver that the Jets decided that they wanted long-term. Unfortunately, this likely means that they won’t re-sign Braylon Edwards, but the Jets got their first option and should be very happy with the move.
Fantasy Football Analysis: Once again, great move. Staying with the Jets was the best way to go, and sticking with a young and improving quarterback in Mark Sanchez should help, in stead of wondering who your QB will be on another team. As the bona-fide #1 receiver, look for Santonio to break out and have a very good season in fantasy.
Move: Matt Hasselbeck signs a multi-year contract with the Tennessee Titans, and his old team, the Seattle Seahawks signed Tavaris Jackson to compete with Charlie Whitehurst for the starting job.
Analysis: I’m a little surprised that the Seahawks didn’t re-sign Matt Hasselbeck, who has been in Seattle as long as anyone can remember. But maybe the front office and Jim Mora felt that now was the time for change, and signing Tavaris Jackson is a good move, he’ll battle it out with Charlie Whitehurst for the starting job. Hasselbeck in Tennessee is an upgrade for the Titans, but they don’t have much receiving, so Matt’s stats will be limited.
Fantasy Football Analysis: Tavaris Jackson or Charlie Whitehurst, depending on who gets the job, will be a emergency player on your team for one week at most. If Jackson wins the starting job, he might produce more than Whitehurst, in my opinion, because he is a duel threat. He can run well and pass well enough to be a decent option as long as he doesn’t make too many mistakes. Matt Hasselbeck will be his usual self in Tennessee, as without much receiving, he’ll have a hard time putting up quality numbers.
Move: Donovan McNabb will be traded to Minnesota Vikings for a 2012 sixth-round draft pick and a sixth-round pick in 2013. The move has been finalized but will go through Thursday.
Analysis: Easily the biggest move since the lockout ended thus far. It’s a win-win deal for both teams. Mike Shanahan got rid of McNabb, who he benched last season, and got his wish of giving the starting job to John Beck, whom he has a lot of faith in. For the Vikings, they get a player in McNabb, who still has something in him, and can mentor the Vikings’ first-round draft pick, Christian Ponder. He also gets away from the disaster that was the stint in Washington D.C.
Fantasy Football Analysis: McNabb will undoubtably have a better season with the Vikings, so he might be a buy low sell high type of guy. Sidney Rice going to the Seahawks is a big blow to the offense, but with Percy Harvin and of course Adrian Peterson still with Minnesota, Donovan should have a very nice season.
Move: DeAngelo Williams re-signs with the Panthers for a deal lasting 5 years worth $43 million, with $21 million guaranteed.
Analysis: Williams wanted to stay a Panther, and he got his wish. I’m really glad that the Panthers re-signed him, it looks like they are moving in the right direction after a horrible past season. Williams said it was his goal to retire a Panther, and the 1-2 punch between him and Jonathan Stewart should continue for a long time to come. Couple that with #1 draft pick Cam Newton, and the Panthers, yes, the Panthers could be a scary team in a few years.
Fantasy Football Analysis: Pretty good move. Sure, he gets restrained a little from the fact that he’s part of a tandem, and his stats might not be what they could be, but look at it this way. He has less of a chance of getting injured, with a few less carries per game, he likely will have more yards per carry, and the Panthers will be primarily a running team for the foreseeable future, and will certainly be one this year, as Cam Newton is just starting out in the NFL.
Move: Sidney Rice has agreed to a 5 year deal, worth $41 million with the Seattle Seahawks.
Analysis: Fantastic move for the Seahawks, but a big blow to the Vikings. Rice was one of the best receivers in 2009, but injuries hurt his 2010 season. He should put up solid stats, but they would be better if his quarterback wasn’t either Charlie Whitehurst or Tavaris Jackson. Sure, he missed out on having a great QB on other teams, but he’ll have a good season nonetheless.
Fantasy Football Analysis: Not a great move for fantasy. Rice just lost a much better season when he went to Seattle. He will miss not having Donovan McNabb as his QB. Don’t get me wrong, he’ll have a good season because he’s a good wide receiver, but don’t draft him until the middle-to-late rounds.
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