Like nearly everything else that has to do with the NFL, the start of free agency and the new league year has become yet another football holiday of sorts. In fact, to celebrate, we hosted a day-long chat leading into the kickoff of the signing frenzy. The first few days proved fruitful for some teams, while rumors ran rampant of other possible signings. Naturally, our chat experts weighed in everything. For all of our other chats, check out our chat archive page.
Miami had to make a splash but $13 million per year and $30 million guaranteed for a one trick pony like Mike Wallace?
Matt Williamson, NFL Insider
And he is coming off a very up and down season. What happens when he loses a little speed? Also, I see what they are doing with the LB moves to get younger, but was that really such a priority for them considering everything else that could use upgraded? Full transcript
Mike, how is it an upgrade to go from a 110 catch guy, to a guy that can't stay healthy? Also, why do we keep bringing in Rams? The team stunk for years, so the players must not be good, right?
Mike Reiss, ESPNBoston.com Patriots blogger
PLM, we're not certain it's an upgrade, but let's look at it from the Patriots' point of view: They obviously think it's close, they have a younger player, signed for a long 5-year term, so the long-range view is part of the equation here. We don't have to agree with it, but let's step back and at least try to see where the team is coming from here. Maybe they're a certain percentage better with Welker in 2013, but the scales tip in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. If you think you can make up the difference in '13, and strengthen the long-term outlook of your team, maybe it's worth considering. I think that was the mindset. I believe they would have been pleased to have Welker back at the 2-year, $10 million deal that could have been as rich as $16 million with incentives (incentives that were going to be quite hard to reach in Welker's view). But once they got to the point that they realized it wasn't going to happen -- and after a year of talks -- they made the decision to move on. Full transcript
What changed your tune on Steven Jackson? You were wary from the start, was it the modestly priced short term contract?
Pat Yasinskas, NFC South blogger
I wasn't wary. I said it wouldn't be a bad move. All I said was I thought it would be a better long-term solution to draft someone. Still feel that way, but also like the Jackson move. Full transcript