The past week has been a busy week for many teams around the league, mostly due to the draft.
Here are some star players that have changed their uniform:
CB Lito Sheppard was signed by the Minnesota Vikings a week ago. His contract is set for 1 year and is reportedly worth $2 million.
Sheppard is a 9-year veteran who started out with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was traded to the N.Y Jets 2 years ago, but struggled when he got there. Last year, Sheppard had only 31 tackles and 1 interception in 11 games. His quadriceps injury led to a disappointing career with the Jets and ultimately led to his release last month.
The Vikings are in dire need of some decent cornerbacks, so it was no surprise when they decided to bring in a veteran.
RB LenDale White and RB Leon Washington were 2 veteran backs that joined the Seattle Seahawks during the draft last week.
Both were acquired by trading away draft picks. White was actually obtained through a trade bundle; the Seahawks traded their 104th overall and 176th overall pick for the Tennessee Titans’ 111th overall, 185th overall, LenDale White, and Kevin Vickerson. In other words, the Seahawks moved down a little to get White and Vickerson. Pretty smart move.
Just hours after the above trade, the Seahawks made another move. They gave a 5th-round pick to the N.Y. Jets in exchange for their 7th-rounder and Washington.
The Seahawks have done admirably getting their back-field juiced up. White is like a freight-train at times and is comparable to Ravens’ FB Le’Ron McClain. Washington is also a talented back that excelled in the return game for the Jets last year. Both will be competing with current Seahawks’ HB Julius Jones.
QB Jason Campbell was another player to be traded during the draft, between the Oakland Raiders and the Washington Redskins. The former 1st-round draft pick was given away for only a 4th-round pick.
A big loss for the Redskins, but I’m sure they had no other choice. Keeping him any longer would have lowered his value even more. Campbell just wasn’t a good fit in the Redskins’ West Coast offense.
Oakland has their own disappointing 1st-round quarterback; JaMarcus Russell was chosen No. 1 overall by the Raiders in 2007, but is now considered to be one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history. As bad as Campbell might have been in Washington, he is still far better than Russell.
The Raiders are actually winners for once.
CB Bryant McFadden was yet another to be traded during the draft.
The Arizona Cardinals swapped their CB Bryant McFadden for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 5th-round pick. Just a side-note: the Steelers’ 5th-rounder was the pick acquired from the Santonio Holmes trade.
McFadden was actually selected by the Steelers in the 2nd-round of the 2005 draft, so this trade reunites McFadden with his former team.
Looking at the big picture, the Steelers essentially gave up 2 draft picks to have McFadden. Not so smart. Well, they certainly learned from their mistake by extending McFadden’s contract to 2012.
LB Adalius Thomas was a big name player to stir up free agency when he was cut from his team.
After just 3 seasons, Thomas was released by the New England Patriots mainly due to his character issues. In one incident when Thomas was late to a team meeting, Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick sent Thomas home for his tardiness. Later on, Thomas openly called out Belichick for overreacting.
Even with his character issue, the former Ravens linebacker has already been sought after by many teams. Thomas is entering his 11th NFL season, so his age is a concern for many. He only recorded 3.5 sacks last season, a career low.
Tully Banta-Cain looks to take over for Thomas.