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NFL Day 1 Tampering Period: Knee Jerk Reaction

There was a LOT to digest on the NFL’s first day of tampering before the official league year starts Wednesday, March 13th. All of those moves were covered on this site by our own Dave Schofield right here.

But let’s take a moment and REALLY share what this means by some of the bigger news to drop on Monday.

Eagles sign RB Saquon Barkley and DE Bryce Huff: Philadelphia seems to be the rich that get richer. The Eagles front office are traditionally active this week of the NFL calendar year. But I don’t believe anyone expected the Eagles to lure Saquon Barkley from NFC East rival, the New York Giants. Barkley had 962 rushing yards and 6 rushing touchdowns in 14 games played for the G-Men last year. D’Andre Swift was 5th in the NFL in rushing yards last year, but some might see this as an upgrade from Swift to Barkley.

The Eagles also obtained Bryce Huff for the next 3 years. Huff exploded for a career-high 10 sacks and with the Eagles potentially moving on from Haason Reddick, he could step into that role.

Commanders make big moves, including RB Austin Ekeler and LB Frankie Luvu: Entering with the most cap space, Washington decided to spoil Dan Quinn early with some key acquisitions. Ekeler has 1,000-plus scrimmage yards in the last three seasons and is a threat to catch passes out of the backfield. He’ll also be running behind former Cowboys center Tyler Biadasz, who received a 3-year deal worth $30 million.

Biadasz wasn’t the only Cowboy to join Dan Quinn with the Commanders. The team signed Dorance Armstrong to a 3-year deal worth $45 million. Armstrong has combined for 16 sacks the last 2 seasons while Quinn was a defensive coordinator in Dallas. But signing standout linebacker Frankie Luvu from Carolina might be their best move yet. Luvu, who has posted 100+ tackles in back-to-back years, was considered one of the best players on Carolina’s defense.

Washington’s not playing with these moves.

Titans acquire RB Tony Pollard and CB Chidobe Awuzie: Two more former Cowboys, Pollard and Awuzie, are heading to Tennessee. Tony Pollard still had 1,000+ rushing yards and 6 touchdowns off a fractured fibula. Pollard to Tennessee makes people believe the door is closed on Derrick Henry’s return to Tennessee.

Awuzie also used to be on the Cowboys but has spent the last 3 years in Cincinnati where he compiled 2 interceptions (none the last two seasons). Guarding the weapons out in Jacksonville (who just signed WR Gabe Davis from the Bills), Michael Pittman (who just re-signed with the Colts), and any weapon the Texans surround CJ Stroud with, the Titans needed corner depth.

Packers choose Josh Jacobs and discard Aaron Jones: Green Bay is making a significant change at the running back position. They are opting to go with Josh Jacobs, who had 805 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns last season, and are releasing Aaron Jones, who had 656 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns in 2023. Many would consider Jacobs a top 5 or 10 running back in the NFL while Jones has been a lifelong Packer. It’ll be interesting to see Jacobs on a playoff team like Green Bay after spending his career with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Bears get D’Andre Swift: Chicago hasn’t decided on Justin Fields (yet) but they have decided to bring in former Lions and Eagles running back D’Andre Swift. As mentioned above, Swift finished 5th in the NFL in rushing yards. If fans were debating, Chicago still probably got the lesser running back as their arch-rival Packers signed Jacobs.

Captain Kirk leaves Minnesota to join Atlanta: Cousins continues to get a lot of guaranteed money. This is a 4-year, $180 million deal and 100 of it is guaranteed. While I personally didn’t expect Cousins to leave Minnesota, the Falcons now pair Cousins with Drake London and Bijan Robinson in hopes of capitalizing on a weaker NFC South. If it’s Captain Kirk’s time in Atlanta, fans should be thrilled, because this is certainly a step up from the Desmond Ridder days.

Panthers trade Brian Burns to the Giants: This isn’t a signing, but the Carolina Panthers decided to trade Brian Burns to the New York Giants, who then agreed to a 5-year, $150 million contract. Just one year ago, the Panthers declined giving Brian Burns up for 2 first-round picks. The Giants got a steal by only giving up a 2nd and a 5th-round pick. Burns will have an immediate impact, especially if the Cowboys lose Tyron Smith on the offensive line. Meanwhile, Carolina seems to be in full rebuild mode losing Burns and Luvu.


There’s more to come in the week ahead as the NFL season begins. What move are you most surprised by? Which one do you think has the biggest impact on their new team?


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