Three free agent moves that made sense, three that didn’t and three that have yet to happen

Even though we’re not even a week into the NFL free agency period, there is still plenty to talk about. Below are three free agency moves that made sense, three that didn’t and three that have yet to happen.

Three moves that made sense:

1. The Giants beefing up their defense with the signings of Canty, Boley and Bernard.
Two years ago, New York befuddled a previously unbeaten Patriots team in Super Bowl XLIII with a constant barrage of pressure from its defensive front four. With that in mind, GM Jerry Reese decided to add more talent to his front seven this offseason with the signings of Chris Canty, Rocky Bernard and Michael Boley. Canty and Bernard will beef up the interior of the Giants’ defensive line by adding both size and strength, as well as hopefully boost the production of Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora on the outside. Not too many people have heard of Boley, but before he got lost in the shuffle last year in Atlanta, he was on his way to a promising career. Surrounded by the right talent and given the opportunity to play to his strengths in the right system, Boley could become a Pro Bowler someday and eventually excel in New York. They still have to figure out what to do with Plaxico Burress, but thanks to the signings of these three defensive players (coupled with the sensible deal the team signed running back Brandon Jacobs to), the Giants have had one of the best offseasons of any team in the league.

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Ray Lewis interested in joining Rex Ryan in New York

Free agent linebacker Ray Lewis is reportedly interested in signing with the Jets, who hired former Ravens’ defensive coordinator Rex Ryan to be their next head coach.

Ray Lewis“You can take a young Jets team that has a lot of talent across the board when you try to wiggle (No.) 52 into that equation somewhere or other than that team goes from just being OK to, let’s just win this,” Lewis said. “That scenario by itself is always attractive. That’s a great opportunity, reason being we (he and Ryan) have been together for years.

Lewis, who has played all 13 of his seasons with the Ravens and is a two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, is joined on the unrestricted free-agent list with fellow Baltimore linebackers Terrrell Suggs and Bart Scott.

Though the Jets are believed to be too close to the salary cap, undoubtedly Ryan is looking at the possibility of bringing some familiar faces to the Jets to bolster his new defense.

“It sounds right, you know, if something does happen where I don’t go back to Baltimore, then the Jets want me,” Lewis said. “Baltimore is my city, that’s where I grind at. That’s where I’ve been my whole life.”

Lewis recently stated that he wouldn’t take a hometown discount to stay in Baltimore, so you get the feeling that his Ravens’ career is finished. Baltimore simply has too many free agents to offer Lewis a lucrative, long-term contract. Either the Jets or Cowboys (who reportedly are willing to shell out big bucks to land Lewis) seem like logical fits for the aging veteran.

Rumor: Cowboys interested in Ravens’ Ray Lewis

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that the Dallas Cowboys might possibly be interested in linebacker Ray Lewis, who becomes a free agent this offseason.

Ray LewisWord around the NFL is that the Dallas Cowboys are very interested in obtaining Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis if he becomes a free agent. The speculation is that the Cowboys are willing to give Lewis a three-year deal worth between $27 and $30 million, with $25 million guaranteed.

Dallas owner Jerry Jones believes his team is in the serious hunt for a Super Bowl title next season, and that Lewis could help solve some of the team’s problems inside the locker room.

The Ravens are expected to begin negotiations with Lewis, who is in the last year of his contract, as soon as the season is over. Fellow linebackers Bart Scott and Terrell Suggs are also in the final years of their contracts.

Suggs’ decision to play against the Steelers was a courageous one. Oh, and by the way, he happened to come up with two big sacks.

If the Cowboys are willing to dole out upwards of $30 million to acquire Lewis than the Ravens might have to let him walk. Scott is highly underrated and Suggs is one of the premier pass-rushers in the league. Both players are also younger (Scott is 28, Suggs is 26) than Lewis and Baltimore can’t afford to lose all three players.

It’ll be interesting to see whom the Ravens attempt to keep. Lewis is older, but he proved this year that he can still play at a high level and you can’t replace his leadership. Again though, Scott and Suggs are younger and are just as valuable (if not more valuable on the field) as Lewis.

The Ravens have some tough decisions this offseason.

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