4. Possible free agent pairings
I mentioned Vincent Jackson and the Redskins. With only one day left before free agency, here are a few other rumor mill pairings:
Vincent Jackson: The Bucs, Bears, and Redskins look like the strongest candidates.
Mario Williams: A surprising lack of information here. Florio reported there was a 50-50 chance Williams will stay in Houston. Dallas and Seattle are possibilities.
Kamerion Wimbley: The Bears and Cardinals have been mentioned.
Cortland Finnegan: The Bucs, Cowboys, Bears, and Vikings should all get involved.
LaRon Landry: The Jets, Bears, and Eagles could be in the mix, with the Jets as the favorites. Notice how the Bears are in on everyone?
Curtis Lofton: He appears to be leaving Atlanta.
Chad Henne: The Jets look like the favorites.
5. The most Jets move ever
The Jets couldn’t get Peyton Manning interested, so they gave Mark Sanchez a financial apology. This was the most Jets move ever: The contract was part public relations, part fluff, part cap savings, and shortsighted short-term gain for long-term pain.
The result of the deal: It will be nearly impossible to dump Sanchez before the 2013 season. That’s about it. His new contract guaranteed Sanchez more than $8 million for 2013 in addition to his 2012 money.
So the Jets decided to commit to Sanchez for two years instead of one year because Peyton Manning wouldn’t let them dump Sanchez this year. It doesn’t make sense.
If Sanchez and the Jets tank in 2012, they will have to eat that salary next year. I still think Sanchez can be a league average quarterback, but there are serious doubts whether he’ll ever develop into a top-10 player at the position. The Jets probably share those doubts. But they have a meddlesome owner that thinks leadership can be attained in a mostly phony contract.
6. How will quarterback carousel spin?
Robert Griffin III landed in Washington. Peyton Manning appears headed to Denver or Arizona. How will that affect the rest of the quarterback carousel?
It appears there will be a three-team derby for Matt Flynn: Miami, Cleveland, and Seattle could all show some level of interest. Miami has the strongest Flynn ties. Cleveland is pretty desperate after swinging and missing on Griffin. I’d bet on Miami being more desperate.
If Manning lands in Arizona, Kevin Kolb will get cut. Kolb could wind up landing in Cleveland or Seattle. That’s a weak consolation prize. That scenario also leaves Denver looking for Tim Tebow competition. Jason Campbell or Vince Young could make some sense.
If Manning lands in Denver, Tebow will be on the block. He doesn’t really make sense for Jacksonville. It’s anyone’s guess what teams would be interested.
Chad Henne looks likely to compete with Sanchez in New York. Kyle Orton remains the NFL’s Rodney Dangerfield.
Brandon Jacobs, Joseph Addai, and Dallas Clark have all been big fantasy names during their careers. After getting cut Friday, it is very unlikely they will ever matter much in fantasy leagues again.
Clark has the best chance of the group, if he winds up joining Peyton Manning somewhere.
I’ll be back Tuesday morning with the top-50 free agent list, complete with players that got dropped in final cuts on Monday.