Fantasy Football Free Agency Recap for Tuesday, July 26

S. Moss


There will be blood.

The water was a bit red late Monday into Tuesday, the two first official days of the NFL offseason. The Cowboys cut Roy Williams, which means there will be even more playing time available for Dez Bryant, assuming he's mature enough to handle it. Derrick Mason, Willis McGahee and Todd Heap learned that they will be cut by the Ravens, though the possibility remains that Mason and Heap will re-sign at a lower price. (In other words, don't overreact with the likes of Torrey Smith or Ed Dickson until the dust settles.) The 29-year-old McGahee will latch on somewhere as part of a committee. After a productive 2009 (629 total yards, 5.0 ypc, 14 TDs), he was pedestrian last season as it appears his best days are behind him. Marion Barber, Correll Buckhalter and Nick Barnett also learned that they would be released.


But Tuesday wasn't all doom and gloom. Carolina DE Charles Johnson agreed to re-sign for six years and $76 million, including a whopping $32 million guaranteed. More importantly (at least to non-IDP owners), Santana Moss is staying in Washington after agreeing to a three-year deal for $15 million. He was dynamite in last year, posting 93-1115-6, and should once again offer tremendous value in the middle rounds. Don't worry too much about the QB situation -- Rex Grossman is the likely starter and he and Moss showed a nice rapport late last season. The Redskins could still bring in Santonio Holmes, which would certainly reduce Moss's role in the offense, but that seems less likely than it did at the start of the day. Looking down the depth chart, Anthony Armstrong's stock takes a hit, especially with Leonard Hankerson waiting in the wings. QB Tarvaris Jackson has reportedly agreed to terms with the Seattle Seahawks, but we wouldn't be surprised to see another QB added. In big IDP news, the Jaguars and Paul Posluszny agreed to a six-year deal. Poor Buffalo.


The Vikings and Redskins have reportedly worked out the parameters of a trade for Donovan McNabb, but he's going to have to restructure his contract before anything can happen. (Edit: Late Tuesday night, Jason La Canfora reported that McNabb was expected to work out a new deal with the Vikings on Wednesday.) His potential arrival would be a good thing for Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice (if re-signed) and this is arguably the best available situation for a veteran QB, so McNabb should be willing. In other QB news, the Titans are pursuing Matt Hasselbeck in a big way  (editor's note: agreement now in place), and the Dolphins are interested in Kyle Orton.

The one trade that everyone thought would go down -- Kevin Kolb to Arizona -- did not happen on Tuesday, and since the Eagles apparently want to let the market develop, it may take a few days to get something done.
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