This year, after the New Orleans Saints took the Super Bowl title with relative ease, many teams began scrambling to find the player, or players, that would give their team a shot at the Lombardi Trophy. Big names like Antonio Cromartie, and Donovan McNabb were shipped to new squads, but are either of them worthy of being called the biggest offseason acquisition this year?
5. Miami Dolphins – Karlos Dansby
The Dolphins took care of their biggest offseason need just a few days after free agency began, by picking up Karlos Dansby. The inside linebacker had been with the Arizona Cardinals since 2004, and although he had great success with Arizona, having back-to-back 100 tackle seasons, the Cardinals simply couldn’t afford to keep him on the roster. Miami’s inside linebackers were less than stellar in the ’09 season, with Channing Crowder and Akin Ayodele recording just as many tackles as Dansby. Dansby will bring a toughness to that Dolphin’s defense that has been susceptible to big plays.
4. New York Jets – Antonio Cromartie
Literally minutes into free agency, the Jets strengthened their cornerback corps even more with the early morning trade with the San Diego Chargers for Antonio Cromartie. With Darrelle Revis coming off one of the best years of the ’09 season, it seemed that the Jets wouldn’t address getting another corner, but clearly Ryan believes in making your best asset even better. Cromartie, who had an apparent hip injury during his last year with the Chargers, had less than stellar numbers, but his body of work proves that he could really become a huge threat. The man with the longest play in NFL history, a 109 yard interception return, is now a Jet, and the city of New York is happy.
3. Baltimore Ravens – Anquan Boldin
After expressing his displeasure with his team, the Arizona Cardinals traded Boldin for a 5th round pick to the Baltimore Ravens. Boldin was the second most productive receiver for Arizona last year, behind Larry Fizgerald, and will now bring that productivity to the loaded receiving corps of the Ravens, which include Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton, and Donte Stallworth. With a new deep threat in Boldin, Joe Flacco will certainly have a hard time choosing which new toy to throw to in 2010.
2. Miami Dolphins – Brandon Marshall
During the tenure of Bill Parcells, the Dolphins haven’t been known to go after big names, nor have they gone after disgruntled players. However, on April 14th, 2010, the Dolphins signed the former Denver Broncos wide out Brandon Marshall, in hopes that he could act as the number one receiver that the Fins have lacked over the years. Along with great hands, lanky frame, and downfield speed, the receiver also comes with his fair share of controversy, with many legal issues, and a hidden hip injury. However, his talent is undeniable, and his addition certainly puts Miami in the playoff discussion.
1. Washington Redskins – Donovan McNabb
Before the Redskins traded for McNabb, many Philadelphia Eagles fans would tell you that they couldn’t picture McNabb in any other uniform. We’ll see the former Philly QB in burgundy and gold soon enough however, after the Eagles made the most shocking move of the off season, by giving McNabb to the Redskins for a 2nd round pick in the 2010 draft, and another conditional pick in the 2011 draft. McNabb has led the Eagles to many NFC Championship games, and even going as far as leading the team to a Super Bowl in 2005, losing to the Patriots. The six time Pro Bowl selection will bring a much needed boost to Washington’s borderline non-existent passing game. The Redskins definitely have a leader now, who can bring this team back to the promised land.