Let The Dominoes Fall

By: Robert Craft

TheSouthernSportsEdition.com news services

The Coronavirus has shut down every major sports league in America, but not the NFL. So that’s what I’m writing about.

The free agency period started and the league’s legal tampering period allowed teams to begin to talk and to negotiate with unsigned free agents.

Most eyes and ears were on the latest Tom Brady rumors, as the 42-year-old hit the unrestricted free agency for the first time in his 20-year career. More notable NFL players will be on the move over the next few days via free agency or trades.

Brady announced that his next NFL home would not be New England. He ended up signing a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers worth around $30 million a year.

Brady’s departure breaks up the most successful partnership in NFL history. Can Tom Brady win without Bill Belicheck and vice versa? Who is more vital to an organization, the quarterback or the coach?

Here is a list and a grade of some of the transactions that have been agreed upon to sign on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

The Jaguars traded defensive lineman Calais Campbell to the Ravens in exchange for a 2020 fifth round draft pick. Baltimore extends Campbell’s contract through the 2020 season.


Ravens B+     Jaguars F (total rebuild in Jacksonville)


The Dallas Cowboys franchise tagged Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper to a five-year deal worth $100 million.


Cowboys A


The Texans agreed to trade DeAndre Hopkins and a 2020 fourth round pick to the Cardinals for running back David Johnson, a 2020 second round pick and 2021 fourth round pick.


Texans (F) Cardinals (A++).


The Vikings traded Stefon Diggs and a 2020 seventh round pick to the Bills for 2020 first round pick, a fifth-round pick, sixth round pick and 2021 fourth round pick. This trade has the Brady Effect written all over it. The Bills are going all in on Diggs and the division.


Vikings B    Bills B


The Bears have been busy signing pass rusher Robert Quinn and tight end Jimmy Graham to free agency deals. I like Quinn’s signing but Graham’s best days are behind him.


Bears C


The Dolphins made waves by signing cornerback Byron Jones to a $17 million a year contract. Miami agreed to terms with two chronic underachievers in offensive lineman Ereck Flowers and pass rusher Shaq Lawson. I also just noticed Kyle Van Noy has signed with the Dolphins.


Dolphins B


The grades try to estimate a players’ chance of outplaying his contract. To say it is an inexact science would be an affront to science.