What were they thinking? Scout.com NFL Expert Tom Marino graded out the offseason free agent and trade moves for the four teams in the AFC East -- and he wasn't very impressed by Miami or Buffalo's performance. "Joey Porter should add stability and leadership, but is he the Joey Porter of '93, '94 or '95 or is he simply another addition to an aging defense?" Marino asks about Miami's big offseason acquisition. Scout.com subscribers can read his entire report at our NFL home page.
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Buying some sacks: Dan Leberfeld at our Jets site takes a look at what free agent David Bowens will add to New York's defense this year. And he points out that while some might think the team's three-year, $6.1 million deal plus $2 million in incentives was a lot to pay for Bowens, "[GM] Mike Tannenbaum wanted to make sure he didn't re-sign with the Dolphins, so he was willing to overpay a little. Also, the Jets were competing with New England and Carolina for his services," Leberfeld says. Scout.com subscribers can get the entire scoop on Bowens at our Jets site.
From bad to worse: At our Chicago site, John Crist provides Scout.com subscribers with a look at which Bears players are going to be hitting free agency at the end of the 2007 season. "The entire [Lance] Briggs situation has been an unmitigated disaster for all parties involved, but the free agency fracas might be even more of a mess after 2007," he warns. Find out who might be available for your favorite team to sign from the defending NFC Champs' roster early next year.
Battle! Over at our San Diego site, Michael Lombardo is getting Chargers fans excited about this year's training camp battles as he takes a look at the upcoming competition between Bhawoh Jue and rookie Eric Weddle for the starting strong safety spot. "Eric Weddle still has plenty to learn, but because of his high football IQ he has a chance to get up to speed by opening day," Lombardo says. "He was a turnover machine at Utah, finishing his four-year career with 18 interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries." Find out who Lombardo thinks will win the starter's role at our Chargers site.
Still available: Scout.com NFL Expert Adam Caplan has updated his lists of the best available free agents. Check out the report on the defense here and on the offense here.
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How about a "do-over"? Ryan Wilson at our Steelers site points out that top pick Lawrence Timmons is off to a slow start after tweaking his hamstring halfway through his first minicamp practice -- "and has been taking mental reps ever since. Yep, the dreaded mental rep," he says. So Wilson took the opportunity to ask the question of what the Steelers would do if they had a "do-over" for the last two drafts. Scout.com subscribers can find out what conclusions he reached at our Steelers site.
Giving hope to fat guys all over America: Texans DT Amobi Okoye was so focused on his academics that his parents encouraged him to get his nose out of the books a bit and get involved in some extra-curricular activities. "That's how I started playing football, my dad thought I was fat," the top pick of the Houston Texans said with a laugh earlier this year at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Learn more about him in this feature, which includes selected audio highlights from his Combine press conference.
Today's Birthday Bunch: Bucs kicker Matt Bryant (32), Broncos DE Ebenezer Ekuban (31) and Seahawks OT Sean Locklear (26)
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