An Eventful Day For The NFL

Happy New Year everybody! The 2015 NFL calendar opened with a bang last night.

Just minutes before free agency began we were given the news that Jimmy Graham was being traded from the Saints to the Seahawks. Graham was only locked down to a 4-year $40m contract last summer!

Talk leading up to 8pm (GMT) was of Ndamukong Suh, DeMarco Murray and Julius Thomas. As of this morning that trio are yet to sign for anyone.

Here are the top five deals so far:

  1. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints to Seattle Seahawks. The Saints will send the Tight End and a 4th round pick to the Seahawks for a 1st round pick (no. 31 overall) and center Max Unger. Although this wasn’t the biggest trade financially, it is the one that blew everyone away. Has Russell Wilson got his number one target?
  2. Darrelle Revis – to the Jets. The star Cornerback got his ring in New England and returns to the Jets for his bumper pay deal. It’s a 5 year, $70m deal with $39m guaranteed. UK fans will see Revis Island at Wembley on October 4.
  3. Haloti Ngata – Baltimore Ravens to Detroit Lions. The Lions traded a 4th and 5th round pick for the Nose Tackle. He only had one year left on his deal, so it’ll interesting to see who the winner is in this deal.
  4. Nick Foles for Sam Bradford – Chip Kelly is moving his pieces this off season. The Philadelphia Eagles clearly didn’t see Foles as their franchise QB. Sam Bradford has had a tumultuous time with the St Louis Rams. Injuries haven’t helped, so is he the answer for Philly? Will they using Bradford as a sweetener to make a move for Mariota next month?
  5. Frank Gore – San Francisco 49ers – Indianapolis Colts. All the talk on Monday was of Gore moving to Philadelphia, but the five-time Pro Bowler will end his career playing behind Andrew Luck. The Running Back flies into Indy coming off the back of four consecutive 1000-plus yard seasons. But have we seen the best of the “Inconvenient Truth”? Let’s see what 2015 brings.

Top 5 Free Agents still on the market:

  1. Ndamukong Suh (DT) – looks like he’s heading to Miami, but don’t be surprised if there are 11th hour offers coming into his agent!
  2. Julius Thomas (TE) – looks set for Jacksonville.
  3. DeMarco Murray (RB) – he’s testing the free agency market with Arizona, Philadelphia, Dallas, Jacksonville and Oakland interested.
  4. Percy Harvin (WR) – Probable to stay in the AFC East, with Buffalo and New England likely suitors now that he’s been released by the Jets.
  5. Andre Johnson (WR) – he was reported to be travelling to Indianapolis on Tuesday to join fellow veteran Frank Gore at LucasOil Stadium.

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