Which was of course the beginning of free agency. I considered making a post updating every important signing and trade around the league, but odds are if you're a sports fan and haven't been living in a cave since Thursday, you've heard about the moves already. There's been so many... and I really don't feel like typing them all up.
I might give my take on the winners and losers so far in free agency later in the week. Most big names should have their new deals by then. For now, I'll at least tell you about some moves made today that you possibly haven't heard about yet:
* The top free agent isn't going anywhere, and it's bad news for the rest of the league because the Pats remain a powerhouse. Randy Moss signed a 3-year deal worth $27 million. I think he could have easily gotten $1o million + on the open market after the deal Bernard Berrian(Vikings) got. As Rotoworld points out, Moss will only be making $1.33 million more per year than Berrian. Moss is the most dangerous weapon on the offensive side of the ball in the league when he wants to be. Berrian might not even be a top-20 receiver in this league.
* The Steelers made sure Ben Roethlisberger isn't going anywhere for the rest of his career, signing him to a whopping 8-year, $102 million extension. I would hope they put a "no motorcyle clause" in that massive deal.
* The Jets continued their busy off-season, as they signed linebacker Calvin Pace to an ridiculously high contract of $42 million over 6 years. In comparison, the Bears signed a superior linebacker in Lance Briggs on Saturday to, a 6-year, $36 million deal.
* The Bears traded QB Brian Griese to the Buccaneers, the team he was with before the Bears in 2004-05. Griese was going to the #3 QB in Chicago behind Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton, and the Bears were going to release him tomorrow anyway instead of giving him a $300,000 bonus that he was due. They get a 2009 draft pick in return, but it almost certainly won't be better than a 6th or 7th rounder. Griese will compete with Bruce Gradkowski, Chris Simms, and Luke McCown for the #2 QB spot behind Jeff Garcia.
* With the Falcons signing running back Michael Turner to a 6-year deal on Sunday, and having another quality young option in Jerious Norwood at the position, they released veteran and long-time Falcon Warrick Dunn today. Dunn is 33, and although he could catch on as a backup for another squad, I wouldn't be shocked if he called it a career.