Notable signings in the NFL



Peyton Manning – Despite a late push by the 49ers, Manning opted to sign with Denver. Manning is joined by a young defense and a capable offense, and the Broncos should be considered the favorites in the AFC West. 

Expect the Broncos to pursue former teammate Dallas Clark to fill the hole that is the tight end position. Manning is a believer in utilizing the tightend position. Even when Clark was injured and Jacob Tamme was in the lineup, he targeted the position often. 

Tim Tebow was traded to the New York Jets for a fourth round pick on March 21. It’s about time the Jets admitted that Sanchez is not a franchise quarterback. 

Matt Flynn – On the back of his strong play against the Patriots in 2010 and his shredding of the Lions last year – dismantling our hopes of playing the Falcons in the first round – Flynn signed with Seattle for 26 million over three years. 

The former clipboard holder joins a team capable of winning 10 games with improved quarterback play. 

Pete Carroll claims Flynn will compete with Tavaris Jackson for the starting job, but common sense dictates that it’s Flynn’s job to lose. 

Vincent Jackson – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers opened their wallet and then some for the former Chargers’ receiver signing him for five years and 55 million. A lot of money to spend on a receiver who caught three or less passes in 10 of his 16 games last season. 

With that being said, Jackson is still one of the better deep threats in the league and should spread the field for a young Tampa offense. Josh Freeman got a whole lot more interesting for fantasy purposes.

Laurent Robinson – The Jaguars were unable to sign any of the premier receiving threats to fix their inept passing offense and were forced to shell out 32.5 million over five years to the former Robinson. 

It was a bit of a desperation move, as his career so far didn’t warrant that type of contract. Regardless, he’ll certainly improve the offense and fits their need of a receiver. 

Brandon Lloyd – For the third time in three seasons, Lloyd will be paired with Josh McDaniels. The Patriots pulled off an inexpensive deal signing the receiver to a three-year $12 million contract. 

One of the premier receivers in this year’s receiver’s class, Lloyd will be asked to fill the void left by Randy Moss as the Patriots downfield receiver. If Lloyd works out – and considering he knows McDaniels’ offense like the back of his hand, there’s a good chance – he’ll be a game changer for the Patriots. 

Randy Moss – I’ll get this out of the way from the get-go: Randy Moss is my favorite player of all-time. 

Jerry Rice is the greatest receiver ever, but even he didn’t dominate the game the way Randy did when he was motivated. He reportedly ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at a recent workout with the Saints. 

He is also 6 foot 4 inches, jumps like a caped man in a phone booth and catches everything thrown his way. He is the only player in NFL history to play on two 15-1 teams.  

The 49ers were wise to sign Moss. In addition to Moss, the recent signing of Mario Manningham, Michael Crabtree on the outside and playoff hero Vernon Davis on the inside, means they could boast a potent passing attack. 

As the 49ers took a stab at the Peyton sweepstakes, Alex Smith was off visiting the Dolphins. Getting Smith back under contract again will be key because he played very well last year and Moss will respect him. 

If Randy doesn’t get the ball, Randy isn’t happy. Make sure your quarterback can get Randy the ball, Harbaugh.