Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Morning links: Free agency grades
By Eric D. Williams
Good morning. In this ESPN Insider piece , ESPN NFL Insiders Bill Polian, Louis Riddick, Matt Williamson, Field Yates and Mike Sando grade the free-agent class of all 32 teams after the first two weeks of free agency.
So how did the San Diego Chargers do? The Insiders' panel gives the Chargers a C grade for the team's effort in free agency. Polian, who worked with Chargers general manager Tom Telesco in Indianapolis and drafted Donald Brown, liked the signing of the former Indianapolis Colts running back.
Polian said it's tough to appreciate San Diego's free-agent signings if you focus on the big names. However, Polian was in the minority, as the panel felt indifferent at best with how the Chargers have performed so far in free agency.
“I'm not a big fan of Brown,” Riddick said. “Ghee has big upside but cannot stay healthy. They signed a couple really good special-teamers. What Tom Telesco is going to do will be very much like Bill [Polian]: pay a couple guys, make it very specific to your quarterback, pay a corner, pay your pass-rushers and more than likely, they are going to come through the draft. I don't think they feel a rush even though Philip Rivers is not a spring chicken.”
Joel Corry of the National Football Post examines five marketplace developments that took place in free agency, including a soft running back market. Brown and Toby Gerhart established the top of that market by signing three-year deals worth a little over $10 million.