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Friday, March 2, 2007

Many moves, little time

  • Na'il Diggs has been re-signed, terms not disclosed.
  • Jordan Carstens, Michael Gaines, and Drew Carter were each given the second-round tender for restricted free agents, costing $1.3 million each.
  • No movement on the Jordan Gross, Julius Peppers contract changes, as of yet.
  • Safety Kevin McCadam, second on the team in special teams tackles, was released. Top of that list, Vinny Ciurciu, is a free agent. Special teams captain Karl Hankton, released yesterday, was third. Fourth, CB Richard Marshall, will have a reduced role as he enters 2007 as a likely starter.

The impact:

Diggs' re-signing is a positive in continuity, and at least keeps the team from relying entirely on second-year LB James Anderson to start. It also closes the door on trying to sign any level of playmaker, from Donnie Edwards to Cato June, on down to lesser prospects like Al Singleton or James Allen.

It may also mean that the team will look toward the draft for a middle linebacker, or will not add any youth at all to that part of the defense.

Special teams coverage was poor this past year, so the loss of so many coverage players isn't a bad thing. With Anderson expected to step up, Adam Seward and Nick Goings still aboard, and the team expected to add starting talent and depth at safety, the team will not suffer, and it would be hard not to improve.

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