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NFL News and Notes

February 27, 2009 | By Alex Hardin | comment on this post
DeAngelo Hall has plenty to celebrate, having gone from being waived to among the top paid CBs in a matter of months.

As the clock struck midnight Friday morning, NFL free agency has officially begun. Over the next day or so, be prepared for some big news to drop.

Already in the morning hours, the Redskins have made the biggest splash, but it does not have a huge impact on the fantasy scene. The ‘Skins re-signed CB DeAngelo Hall and added DT Albert Haynesworth, inking both to big time deals. They are certain to have an improved defensive line now, but will it be worth the cost?

The Titans, after losing Haynesworth, could be about to lose QB Kerry Collins as well. The veteran QB is demanding more than he is worth, which has propelled negotiations with free agent QB Chris Simms. It looks like the Titans may be content on entering camp with Vince Young and Simms battling for the starting gig rather than overpaying for an aging Collins.

It has been reported that the Ravens have offered LB Ray Lewis $24 million over three years, with $17 million guaranteed. If the Ravens lose Lewis, I think the fantasy value of their defense is in question. Lewis is a leader and a player-coach, not to mention the heartbeat of the team. If the Ravens lose Bart Scott as well, they may lose their status of a top tier defense.

It looks like former Jaguars RB Fred Taylor will join the Patriots. If this goes down, I think is a great fit for both parties. The fantasy value of any New England backs are now limited. This makes me happy that I cut Laurence Maroney in my keeper league. Take that Millen, this is a GM with some foresight!

The Lions are going strong after WR Nate Washington to compliment Calvin Johnson. The former Steelers WR is rumored to be courted by Rams, Titans, Buccaneers, and Vikings. The addition of Washington would add depth to the Lions and give Matthew Stafford another weapon, assuming he is drafted #1 overall.

There is a rumor floating around saying that Marvin Harrison will sign with the Dolphins. That would be an interesting move for both parties, but I think it could work. Harrison has also been linked to his hometown Eagles, but I think there are too many distractions in Philly for Marvin.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh is being linked to the Eagles, Giants and Bears. I think he would be a great fit in Chicago and give them a reliable weapon. Joining in late in the sweepstakes are the Vikings. If the Purple People could make a trade for Sage Rosenfels and sign TJ, they would have quite an offense to go with Adrian Peterson. If I were in the Vikings front office, I would push hard for both of these deals.

The Cardinals have a big offseason to deal with, primarily because of contract talks with WR Anquan Boldin and QB Kurt Warner. Warner has said he will only come back with the Cards, but contract talks are still far apart. Also, it seems now that Boldin is open to the idea of returning if the money is right. My gut says both deals get done and the Cardinals will have their aerial attack in place next year.

The next 24 hours will be interesting as many of the players who had non-official deals in place before the opening of free agency will sign, as others continue to shop around for the big money. Also remember, the draft is only two months away. The NFL never ends!

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