Move: Reggie Bush signed a 2-year deal for about $10 million with the Miami Dolphins after being traded for Jonathon Adaya and an exchange of draft picks from the New Orleans Saints.
Analysis: This move was coming sooner or later. The Saints already had Chris Ivory, Pierre Thomas, and drafted Mark Ingram this year. Bush’s price tag was simply too much. And to add to their running back group, the Saints signed former Chargers running back Darren Sproles to a 4-year, $14 million contract. They’ll certainly be packed in the backfield. For the Dolphins, this is a good move. Bush never turned out to be the superstar he was in college, but he was still a solid running back who could provide a spark on special teams. Both Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown are free agents, and Bush should fill in nicely, despite the high price.
Fantasy Football Analysis: Good for fantasy owners. Bush got out of a running back situation in New Orleans where he’d be very limited. In Miami, he’ll have a lot more carries, and will be used much more with an insufficient QB situation. Of course, that’s assuming that Kyle Orton doesn’t go to South Beach.
Move: The Philadelphia Eagles traded QB Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2012 second-round draft pick. The Cardinals then signed Kolb to a 5-year deal worth $63.5 million.
Analysis: This deal was coming, we all knew it. The question was if Arizona was willing to give up a talented cornerback in Rodgers-Cromartie. The answer was yes, and Larry Fitzgerald gets a quality quarterback for the first time since Kurt Warner retired. Another win-win deal. Philly gets a good cornerback and Arizona gets the quarterback they wanted.
Fantasy Football Analysis: The biggest winner in this deal is Larry Fitzgerald. His stock goes shooting up the rankings. Kolb will also have a much better season as he will be the starter in Arizona. He might not have a great season, or even a good one, as he’s a bit of an unknown, but he might be a good player to get in deep leagues if you need a QB for a few weeks.
Move: The Tennessee Titans officially released QB Vince Young. He was the 3rd overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. Soon after, Young signs a 1-year deal to back up Michael Vick in Philadelphia.
Analysis: We had already heard reports about VY being released, I just didn’t think it would be so soon that he’d find a job. Thinking about it, going to Philly was the best move for him. He’d learn under a quarterback similar to him in style, a fast runner who can throw. He’ll spend a year learning from Michael Vick, then will likely be more successful somewhere else.
Fantasy Football Analysis: The only possible way that this move is notable for fantasy is if Vick gets injured or if Young comes in a bunch of blowouts. Other than that, there’s no reason to pick of Vince.
Move: The New England Patriots receiver Albert Haynesworth from the Washington Redskins for a 2013 fifth-round draft pick
Analysis: This is a great move for the Redskins, and really not a bad one for the Patriots. The Redskins get rid of the guy they most wanted to get rid of, and Mike Shanahan is probably very happy now. It was time for a change. Haynesworth will go to a Patriots team that is making a gamble, but it’s a good gamble. Worst scenario, Haynesworth does the same act that drove Shanahan crazy, and the Patriots get rid of him after this season. If he performs well, the Patriots have themselves a steal.
Fantasy Football Analysis: This trade will likely make the Patriots better as a defense, but if you are in a league with individual defensive players, then avoid Haynesworth, unless you get him late in your draft or from the free agent list. Don’t be afraid to draft the Patriots D/ST, Haynesworth won’t change its value all that much in either direction.
Move: The New England Patriots receive Chad Ochocinco for a couple of late-round draft picks and signed a three year contract.
Analysis: Wow. I didn’t see this one coming. This is another deal that could be a steal, or it just doesn’t work out. Sure, I know that Ochocinco is coming off an unimpressive year, but he’ll be catching passes from Tom Brady! That alone will make him a worthwhile addition.
Fantasy Football Analysis: This is a great move for Ochocinco. This should upgrade his ranking and don’t be scared to pick him up as a last receiver for your team. This can only be a good thing for him, and he’ll be catching passes from Tom Brady. It doesn’t matter how good a receiver you are, you can only get better when you’re catching passes from an elite QB like Tom Brady or Peyton Manning.
Move: Brad Smith signed a 4-year contract worth about $15 million with the Buffalo Bills.
Analysis: Smith is staying in New York, but his stats will suffer playing for a bad team. At least he’ll be a bigger part of the Bills offense.
Fantasy Football Analysis: Smith will bring the Wildcat offense with him and provide a good special teams option, but don’t bother to consider adding him unless you’re really desperate.
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