2008 Free Agent Tracker

03/10/2008 1:18 am by in Fantasy Football Articles

Players Finding New Homes

Free agency has found new homes for a plethora of players so far this off-season, and it’s only March 10th, 2008. With Randy Moss (NE), Jamal Lewis (CLE) and Derek Anderson (CLE) staying put in 2008, the list of players on the move thus far isn’t quite as long as it could have been. Before we breakdown some of the player movement and what it all means for the 2008 fantasy football season, here are the players that have hooked up with new squads in ’08.

Free Agent Signings (With New Teams)

  • Michael Turner (ATL)
  • Javon Walker (OAK)
  • Bernard Berrian (MIN)
  • Julius Jones (SEA)
  • Jerry Porter (JAC)
  • Donte Stallworth (CLE)
  • Isaac Bruce (SF)
  • DeShaun Foster (SF)
  • Jesse Chatman (NYJ)
  • Cleo Lemon (JAC)
  • Josh McCown (MIA)
  • Mewelde Moore (PIT)
  • Marty Booker (CHI)
  • Keary Colbert (DEN)
  • Muhsin Muhammad (CAR)
  • Brandon Lloyd (CHI)
  • Sam Aiken (NE)
  • Ernest Wilford (MIA)
  • Alge Crumpler (TEN)
  • Michael Gaines (DET)

What Does It All Mean?

Javon Walker

Javon Walker just signed a huge six-year deal worth $55 million. The big-play WR just received a signing bonus of $11 million and will get $20 million in the first two seasons. The problem? If Randy Moss couldn’t get it done in Oakland, it’s hard to imagine that Walker can (and on a bum knee). Granted Walker will have Russell throwing him the football, something Moss didn’t have the luxury of when in Oakland, but still… it’s tough to predict what Walker will do in 2008. Don’t count on him as anything more than a WR3 until further notice. He definitely has the upside for more, but it will be a wait and see type of thing with him entering August drafts.

Jerry Porter

Jerry Porter should perform very well in Jacksonville in 2008. While Porter is no Randy Moss, we just witnessed what leaving Oakland can do to a receiver’s fantasy value (hopefully Javon Walker will have a different experience). David Garrard is a good quarterback, and if Porter stays on the field next season, he should have no problem getting his hands on a ton of footballs.

Michael Turner / Chris Redman

Now, we’ve talked enough about Michael Turner over the last month (here, here, here and here), so I’m not going to elaborate much more on The Burner, but I will just say that Turner landing in Atlanta will end up being a good thing when all is said and done in 2008.

Yea, I know… Atlanta is awful, they have no offensive line and no quarterback… and they need just about as much help on the defensive side of the football. I’ve heard it all, but I see a lot of the same things in this Atlanta club that I saw in the Browns entering the 2007 NFL Draft. Like the Browns in 2007, Atlanta has the #3 overall pick in the NFL Draft, so they have a real opportunity, like Cleveland in 2007, to improve their offensive line. On top of those OL upgrades, which the Falcons will in fact make, the team has some big pieces in place heading into ’08. Not only do they now have a running back with top 10 skills, they already have a big-play WR in Roddy White and an underrated quarterback that could be on the rise.

Redman has some solid upside entering this upcoming season. Is he a lock to be the Falcons‘ long-term answer at the quarterback position? No. He has upside, but he is no lock. He did look sharp on numerous occasions last year and played in five games… and the emergence of Roddy White is huge for Redman. White’s breakout campaign last season had a lot to do with the young Falcons quarterback, as the receiver had two games under Redman where he had both 10+ receptions AND 140+ receiving yards. Redman loves this guy! Let’s take a look at Redman’s five games played last year (only four starts):

Chris Redman | 2007 Stats

Date
Opp.
Result
GS
ATT
Comp.
Pct.
Yds
TD
Int
Rate
2-Dec
@STL
L 16-28
No
24
16
66.7
172
2
1
97.9
10-Dec
NO
L 14-34
Yes
40
23
57.5
298
2
1
87.3
16-Dec
@TB
L 3-37
Yes
15
4
26.7
34
0
2
0.0
23-Dec
@AZ
L 27-30
Yes
42
28
66.7
315
2
1
94.8
30-Dec
SEA
W 44-41
Yes
27
17
63.0
251
4
0
132.9
Total
4
148
88
59.5
1,070
10
5
90.2

Now, Redman is technically listed as playing in 7 games in 2007, but he really only played in five (and again only started four). Those other two games where he is listed as playing, he threw just one combined pass. Off his five games in December, the quarterback averaged 214 yards, 2TDs, and 1 INT per contest. On 16 starts, that would be 3,424, 32TDs and 16 INTs.

I’m not saying that Redman would have actually thrown for 30+ touchdowns in 2007 had he started 16 games, but he proved rather productive when given the opportunity last season, despite having some easy match-ups. His early success is very promising for Michael Turner and that 2008 Atlanta Falcons‘ rushing attack. If they draft smart in April and improve that offensive line, this offensive attack is going to be surprisingly solid out of the gate in ’08.

Bernard Berrian

Bernard Berrian is now in Minnesota, a place where he may have a tough time getting the football. Tarvaris Jackson may not be the answer in Minny, and his inability to stay on the field may force the Vikings to play musical chairs at the quarterback position in ’08. Expect inconsistency out of Berrian next year.

Julius Jones (SEA)

Julius Jones will be making $5.5 million in 2008, and according to NFLPA records, Shaun Alexander’s base salary for the upcoming season is $4.475 million. It’s starting to look more and more like we’re going to be seeing a Shaun Alexander released in the near future. As for Jones and T.J. Duckett, Seattle’s two newest signed rushers, both have similar deals, but Jones’ contract is loaded on the front-end, suggesting that he may have the inside track on the starting gig in Seattle heading into ’08. Jones’ contract also suggests that the Seahawks may not draft a runner early in April’s 2008 NFL Draft. This makes Jones a solid breakout candidate in 2008, but the unknowns make him a risky investment in early rounds. The fantasy owners who will benefit most from Jones’ new place of abode are dynasty league owners, as no investing was needed.

Donte Stallworth (CLE)

Donte Stallworth just got a big bump in fantasy value with his arrival in Cleveland, but he is going to have to stay healthy in order to meet expectations. He was getting nudged aside last year in New England, but now he has a shot at being Cleveland’s number two. He will now be playing on the other side of Braylon Edwards, one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, and he won’t be seeing a huge downgrade at the quarterback position, as Derek Anderson is truly on the rise.

Free Agent Re-Signings

  • Randy Moss (NE)
  • Jamal Lewis (CLE)
  • Derek Anderson (CLE)
  • Justin Fargas (OAK)
  • Jabar Gaffney (NE)
  • Chris Redman (ATL)
  • Michael Bennett (TB)
  • Thomas Clayton (SF)
  • Andre’ Davis (HOU)
  • Justin Gage (TEN)
  • Devery Henderson (NO)
  • David Patten (NO)
  • Kelley Washington (NE)
  • Billy Miller (NO)
Fantasy Football Depth Charts

Be sure to keep tabs on our 2008 Fantasy Football Depth Charts feature, something that we keep updated daily.

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