Free Agency Water Starting to Simmer Down
By Jonah Lee
Dec 30, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Derek Cox (21) breaks up a pass intended for Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt (18) during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
Signing Derek Cox was a nice win in the books for Tom Telesco and a definite upgrade from Antoine Cason. After Wes Welker got signed to Denver and Dunta Robinson was picked up by the Kansas City Chief it was time to take a stand! Its likely Telesco would refrain from anymore heavy signing but let’s see what’s left that could be a good gamble if the price is right.
Eric Winston, OT (Kansas City Chiefs) – After playing in Kansas City for a year, Winston is back on the market with several teams wanting to sign him. Winston played well during his six years in Houston and if he can bring that magic to San Diego, the Jeromey Clary days are all but over.
Osi Umenyiora, DE (New York Giants) – Osi Umenyiora has been in self desctruction mode for a few season now. Umenyiora, once a feared sack happy rusher has declined to a backseat defensive lineman. Nevertheless, we only have Corey Luiget, Kendall Reyes and a pair of undrafted practice squad defensive ends on the current roster. Which relates to we need more depth, so at the right price we can bring in Umenyiora as a situational pass rusher.Danny Woodhead, RB (New England Patriots) – Unless we make a run for a running back in the draft sometime in the 5th or 6th round we could use the services of Danny Woodhead. He is a reliable third-down back and in four seasons has averaged 4.8 yards per attempt. In two and a half seasons he has 14 touchdowns in limited carries compared to Ryan Matthews, 12 touchdowns as a starter.
Kenny Phillips, SS (New York Giants) – I don’t even know why I’m adding this guy. I suppose I’m just hungry for a Safety to play along side Eric Weddle. Phillips is a decent starter, but is a glass sculpture of injuries. I would prefer to see what second year man Brandon Taylor is capable of first.Shaun Phillips, OLB (San Diego Chargers) –Phillips has been our only consistent pass rush for the past decade. This is a tough situation for the Chargers to be in, Jarret Johnson and Melvin Ingram can easily be the starters at outside linebackers but Phillips brought a little something extra to the table. Ingram survived his rookie season with one sack, which is worrisome and Johnson has never really been much of a pass rusher.
Fortunately, there has been no activity about teams interested in Phillips’ services, this could drive down his cost.Your turn Chargers fans, who would you like to see playing in San Diego next season?