The league new year has started and amidst these uncertain times the NFL is still functioning accordingly. With the draft approaching and the lack of access to interviews and pro days this free agency period may prove to be the most crucial in years for teams. So far we have seen teams spending using large amounts of cap space in the first week of signings. Let's take a look at the big name signings through week 1.
Perhaps the most unexpected and big name signing of the year goes to the Buccaneers who secured a contract with Tom Brady. After years of success with New England it will be interesting to see how Brady fairs down south in a competitive division which also includes Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, and now Teddy Bridgewater. It may be hard to replicate the success he's had in Foxborough but he'll have some weapons to help him including Mike Evans and Chirs Godwin.
The other headline-grabbing new from Thursday was the Los Angeles Rams' release of running back Todd Gurley. The team announced the move just before Gurley was due to earn another $10.5 million in guarantees. According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, L.A. will still have to pay Gurley a $7.55 million roster bonus but does escape the additional guarantees by releasing the team's 2015 first-round pick:
The Philadelphia Eagles dealt third- and fifth-round selections to the Detroit Lions for cornerback Darius Slay and subsequently signed the Pro Bowler to a long-term deal. That's a huge aqusition for the Eagles, who ranked 19th in pass defense last season. They were not the only team interested in acquiring Slay.