Free Agency moves have slowed to a trickle the last few days, but there have yet been a handful of acquisitions worth noting:
Elvis Dumervil, Baltimore Ravens: It looks like the Ravens are doing their best to repeat their championship performance from last season by signing the top free agent left on the market to a five-year, $35 million deal. Three years removed from leading the NFL in sacks, Dumervil will join Terrell Suggs as perhaps the most formidable linebacker tandem in the league.
James Anderson, Chicago Bears: The veteran Anderson was added to bolster a defense that needs some fire after losing Brian Urlacher. I’m not sure he’ll be that spark, but he’s a solid player when healthy. Carolina would have liked to keep Anderson, but they are severely cash-strapped due to former GM Marty Hurney’s missteps.
Osi Umenyiora, Atlanta Falcons: Umenyiora can drive home from work now. The 31 year-old lineman made his off-season home in Atlanta as a Giant, and he will be there year round. Umenyiora will add some oomph to a Falcons pass rush that has been lacking for years.
Shane Lechler, Houston Texans: Native Texan Lechler is heading home. The nine-time Pro Bowler has led the NFL in yards per punt five times, and though 36, still has plenty of leg. This is a sharp move by the Texans.
Fred Davis, Buffalo Bills: This one hasn’t gone down yet, but it would be a fitting move, as incumbent tight end Scott Chandler is still rehabbing from a torn ACL and may not be back for the start of the season. Davis himself is coming off of Achilles surgery, but is much closer to playing shape than Chandler.