After over four months of the NFL Lockout, a unanimous vote ended the labor dispute on Monday, July 25, 2011. Now, players are being moved, traded and signed throughout the National Football League. So, what do you think about the top moves and trades? Are you confident in your team’s decision to keep or trade certain players? Take a peek at the following list of some of the top players who were traded or moved this week. There are certain expected moves and there are a few shockers thrown in. But any way you look at it, football is back and we are all eager to see what each of these players will bring to their designated team this upcoming season!
Reggie Bush is traded from the Saints to the Dolphins with a 2-year, $10 million contract. Bush was with the Saints for the past five years and helped the team win the Super Bowl in February 2010. He gained 4,982 yards and 33 touchdowns even with multiple injuries. In return for Reggie joining the Dolphins, Miami sent the Saints Jonathan Amaya, a reserve safety.
The Saints answer to Reggie Bush’s departure? Signing Running Back Darren Sproles from the San Diego Chargers. Sproles has been compared to Reggie Bush with the way he runs the ball, but Sproles can catch a pass in the backfield, return a kickoff and a punt without any problem. And his total 4-year contract is about the amount Reggie would have made in just one year.
The New England Patriots had a big day Thursday acquiring Wide Receiver Chad Ochocinco from the Bengals with a restructured 3-year contract and acquiring Defensive Linebacker Albert Haynesworth from the Redskins. The Patriots might have their hands full with Ochocinco’s outspoken nature and Haynesworth’s past feud with Redskin’s coach Mike Shanahan.
The Arizona Cardinals acquire Quarterback Kevin Kolb from the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagle’s traded Kolb for their new Cornerback from the Cardinals, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. After losing the number one QB position for the Eagles to Michael Vick last year, Kolb agreed to a 5-year, $63 million contract with the Cardinals…that’s $12.6 million per year.
Matt Hasselbeck has been with the Seattle Seahawks for the last 10 years, but Tennessee was searching for a veteran QB and found that in Hasselbeck with a career history of 176 touchdowns, 128 interceptions, 82.2 pass rating and almost 30,000 total yards.
Sidney Rice agrees to a 5-year, $41 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Rice had an epic 2009 season with 83 caught passes, 1,312 yards, and 8 touchdowns, but his hip surgery limited his game. However, the Seahawks recognize his skill, as well as Tarvaris Jackson who will compete for the starting QB role with Charlie Whitehurst and possibly Matt Leinart.
Donovan McNabb’s deal with the Minnesota Vikings depends on McNabb restructuring his past 5-year, $78 million contract with the Washington Redskins. McNabb was benched twice during his short one year stent with the Redskins and threw more interceptions than touchdowns in just 13 games.