While there have been some great moves like the signing Tom Brady and some terrible moves such as the signing of Andrus Peat, there have been many under-the-radar moves. These moves may have been overshadowed by bigger names or bigger teams, so today, I will be detailing some under- the-radar free agent moves.
Robey-Coleman will forever be remembered for his infamous play against the Saints, but he is also one of the more underrated cornerbacks in the league. According to PFF, the former Rams’ corner was the 16th ranked cornerback last year. Pretty impressive, for a player making only 1 million dollars.
The Eagles added an elite corner in Darius Slay and now another great corner in Coleman to shore up one of the worst passing defenses in the NFL last season. This Eagles team is going to be really scary if they can stay healthy next season.
The Jets let go of Robby Anderson and signed Perriman for 4 million dollars less. Perriman and Anderson are both the same players; they are the same height, age, and both have burners. However, Perriman weighs 15 more pounds and is faster. However, due to his inconsistencies in previous years, this could be viewed as a downgrade, but last year with Tampa, he revitalized his career.
I do expect the Jets to draft a receiver in the first or second round. While many view this as a downgrade, the Jets did avoid an overpay and essentially signed the same player for less money. Great business and signing by the Jets.
Littleton has emerged as a star inside linebacker in this league. He is one of the premier coverage linebackers in the NFL and an elite tackler. Last season, he missed only one tackle and also was a top 2 coverage linebacker. The Raiders’ linebackers last year were constantly getting shredded so an upgrade was needed.
Pairing Littleton with fellow free-agent signee Nick Kwiatkowski will give the Raiders a revamped look on defense and improve what was an inconsistent defense from last season.
Clinton-Dix has found himself on his 4th team in 3 years and the former first-round draft pick couldn’t have found a better landing spot. Reuniting with his former Packer coach Mike McCarthy, whom he was a Pro-Bowler under, Clinton-Dix has a great chance at revitalizing his career. In 2019, Ha-Ha saved 46 points and allowed 5.5 yards per target in coverage, one of his better seasons.
This is a big upgrade over Jeff Heath. With how hard-capped this team is going to be, this is a low risk, high reward signing which could end up paying dividends.
This Cardinals team is going to be dangerous next season. Ever since the departure of Calais Campbell in 2017, the Cardinals haven’t thrown a lot of money around their defensive line. That seemed to change when they signed Phillips to a 4-year, 40 million dollar contract. Phillips had a career year last year piling up 9.5 sacks and 31 tackles.
This Cardinals defensive line has been plagued with injuries in past years and has desperately needed an upgrade. The signing of Phillips should immensely help this Cardinals defense.