Big Moves

Okay, so I’ve been holding off on writing this in case there was another move that happened that I would want to include in this post, but if I wait any longer the ship will have sailed.

So as many probably know the first big trade that happened was Jason Taylor going to the Washington Redskins for a second round draft pick in the 2009 draft and a sixth rounder in 2010. On the first day of training camp, starting defensive end, Phillip Daniels, went down with a knee injury. This injury was quickly diagnosed as season ending (and now looks like it could be career ending) and nine hours later a trade was made with the Miami Dolphins to acquire 6-time Pro Bowler and 3-time AP first-team All-Pro selection, Jason Taylor. By the time Week 1 rolls around Taylor will be 34 years old, but age hasn’t seemed to slow him down yet. He’s been to the Pro Bowl each of the last four years and has averaged over 12 sacks per season over the last three years. Many Redskins fans will tell you that what they really needed was a dominant pass rusher, and that now they have one. This trade should really help this team make the playoffs this year and maybe even farther than that.

The second big trade that happened was the New York Football Giants sending tight end, Jeremy Shockey to the New Orleans Saints for a second and a fifth-round draft pick in the 2009 draft. Shockey will add one more dimension and weapon to an already dangerous Saints offense. This will be Shockey’s seventh season in the league, and is hoping it will be his first full one. He hasn’t played all 16 games of a season yet in his career. Shockey has been to the Pro Bowl in four of his six years and has been productive when healthy. Per 16 games (rather than per season) Shockey has averaged over 815 yards, 5.2 TDs, and 71.5 receptions. There have been questions raised however about how well Shockey will fit in with the “easy-going Saints locker room” which could be something to watch our for. If all goes well though, this should be a huge boost for the Saints offense, some have even gone far enough to predict them as having the most prolific offense in NFL history. Either way, this should help the Saints bounce back from last year’s disappointing 7-9 season, especially considering the improvements they made earlier in the off season on the other side of the ball.

Feel free to see how these, or any other teams stand in my latest power rankings.

More stories will arise as the training camps get underway, and if I am able to keep you informed, I will most certainly be doing it.

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