Day two of free agency is in the books as major signings continue to keep us on our toes and ignite intriguing debates. There's really no need for a lengthy introduction - let's get stuck into all the recent action!
Without doubt the most significant signing of the day - which in fact came as a re-signing - was Detroit WR Calvin Johnson who snagged the biggest contract in NFL history. The numbers are astounding: eight years, $132 million, $60 million guaranteed. Is it too much? Some argue yes. But the Lions are finally getting themselves out of the rut they've been trapped in for so long and this is great news for a rising team. Megatron, take a bow. Another major re-signing today saw Eagles WR DeSean Jackson sign a five-year deal worth $51 million, $15 million guaranteed. Jackson has had his eyes on this payday for a [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="232" caption="Laurent Robinson will spend the next five years in Jacksonville"][/caption] long time and now he no longer has to wait. He's clearly Philadelphia's main man and they want him as a key figure in their Super Bowl quest. It's now up to him to get back to his 2009/2010 form and pick up his attitude that went wandering last season. While re-signings are important and can be exciting, players moving on to other teams take the cake. One of the big moves of the day saw former Cowboys WR Laurent Robinson "take his talents to Jacksonville" for five years in a deal that reached $35 million, $14 million guaranteed. The Jags lacked a real target to help groom young QB Blaine Gabbert last season and the acquisition of the 6 ft 2 receiver should certainly help his cause. Robinson had a breakout year last season catching 11 TDs. Staying with the Jags, the team also snagged QB Chad Henne on a two-year contract, sending the Twittesphere into a whirlwind, particularly Faux John Madden who had plenty to say. While Henne is no star by any means, he should provide some solid competition for Gabbert as both players should push each other for that starting spot. Former Seahawks TE John Carlson, who missed the 2011 season due to a shoulder injury, signed with the Vikings on a five-year, $25 million contract, $11 million guaranteed. Carlson was reportedly being pursued by five teams but Minesota offered the best money. The Vike's own free agent TE Visanthe Shiancoe is scheduled to visit Seattle in the next few days which could see a nice little swap of position players. There are talks of the Seahawks planning to replicate the New England game plan of a two TE set alongside Zach Miller. Bruising RB Peyton Hillis has left Cleveland and is now a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, who should complement stellar back Jamaal Charles nicely. The deal is reported to be for one-year, $3 million. He will reunite with former offensive co-ordinator Brian Daboll. Hopefully his numbers can pick up from last season. Barring a Madden '13 miracle, I'm sure a resurgence is very possible. The Chargers bolstered their run defence today after picking up veteran linebacker Jarret Johnson on a four-year deal. Johnson, who has spent each of his nine years in the [caption id="" align="alignright" width="221" caption="Former Seahawk John Carlson is on his way to Minnesota"][/caption] NFL at the Ravens, will hopefully improve San Diego's rush defence that ranked 20th in the league last season. The Chargers also got their mits on another receiver in Robert Meachem to a four-year deal. While he may not make up for the loss of Vincent Jackson, he'll be a nifty WR2 target after 620 yards and six TDs last season. Trent Cole, two-time Pro Bowl DE for the Eagles, was also re-signed today on a four-year extension. He's a good player, so I'm happy for Philadelphia's sake. But he intentionally inflicted harm to Seahawks OL Russell Okung last season ultimately ending his season, so I'll leave that one there. Tampa Bay, continuing to binge in free agency also signed the phenomenal G Carl Nicks and CB Eric Wright. Getting help for Freeman was a major goal for Tampa this year and so far they have done exactly that. As expected, Brandon Carr signed a big $50 milllion contact with Dallas, immediately improving that poor secondary. Finally, Dave Grohl lookalike Kyle Orton is also on his way to the Cowboys on a three-year deal and should be a decent backup to Tony Romo, keeping him on his toes. San Francisco's secondary is also likely to remain a serious threat as CB Carlos Rogers has re-signed to the Bay Area to a $31 million, four-year contract. The seven-year veteran registered a career-high six INTs last season but still needs to fly out to San Fran to sign the deal, so keep an eye out for that one.
Alright, I'm pretty sure that's most of the major signings for today. Don't hesitate to holla at us if we've missed anyone. If we can take away anything from today, it's that the next round's on Calvin Johnson. The man got paid today.