The NFL free agency period keeps trudging along though it seems like all the big moves have been made. Then again, how do we know what is a big move in the NFL? Some teams will sign apparently can’t miss free agents and have them bust up. Others will scour the wires, pick out a few pieces that fit really well, and jell into league leading units. It’s a bit of a crapshoot, perhaps less of a crapshoot than the NFL draft, but a crapshoot nonetheless.
The New Orleans Saints seem to be safety happy this offseason. After signing Jarius Byrd, New Orleans has matched an offer from the Atlanta Falcons to keep safety Rafael Bush as a high quality backup. The Saints defense is perhaps the final piece in assembling a Super Bowl worthy squad. Still remaining? Jimmy Graham.
The Houston Texans have signed Andre Brown according to sources, taking the running back away from the New York Giants. Brown has big shoes to fill as he replaces Ben Tate, who inked a contract with the Cleveland Browns a while back. The Texans are also drawing plenty of attention as they look for a quarterback, supposedly scheduling workout time with both Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel. While Manziel draws the biggest spotlight, Bortles could be a solid pick if Houston trades down or perhaps goes for Jadeveon Clowney.
The Carolina Panthers, who released Steve Smith earlier, are trying to boost their wide receiver group. The team signed Jason Avant, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles. Cam Newton has plenty of work ahead as Carolina replaces practically every receiver on the roster.