Saturday, March 6, 2010

Boldin, Dansby, Rolle find new homes as NFL free agency's first day ends

It was a wild first day of the NFL's free agency period.

In the afternoon, Julius Peppers ended up in Chicago along with Chester Taylor. Then came word that the Ravens had finalized a trade to acquire Anquan Boldin from the Cardinals. Not to be outdone, the Dolphins signed Karlos Dansby to a contract making him the NFL's highest paid inside linebacker. The night ended with the Giants coming to terms with safety Antrel Rolle, making him the highest paid safety in the history of the league.

Notice a theme here?

Dansby, Rolle and Boldin are all now former Cardinals. A team that was in the Super Bowl two seasons ago and had a very good 2009 will likely not even be playoff caliber in 2010. Then again, they play in the NFC West so anything can happen.

The Ravens are looking like the AFC North favorites after the addition of Boldin, and with uncertainty about Ben Roethlisberger's playing status now that he's involved in yet another legal situation.

Dansby and Rolle were likely overpaid but will also be valuable additions and big upgrades to their new teams. Rolle, especially, will help a depleted Giants secondary and a defense that was basically embarrassed throughout the 2009 season.

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