John Idzik has repeated that the team will build through the draft, and that free agency is not the solution to the team's long term success. With that said, I think it's prudent to look at the moves that have been made thus far in free agency.
|Nick Folk||Santonio Holmes||Aaron Berry|
|Eric Decker||Antonio Cromartie||Josh Cribbs|
|Leger Douzable||Mark Sanchez||David Garrard|
|Breno Giacomini||Vidal Hazelton|
|Willie Colon||Lex Hilliard|
|Calvin Pace||Josh Mauga|
|Michael Vick||Ed Reed|
|Nick Bellore||Konrad Reuland|
|Jacoby Ford||Darius Reynaud|
|Dimitri Patterson||Kellen Winslow|
|Garrett McIntyre||Austin Howard|
The column on the far right are players whose contract with the team expired at the end of this past season, and are now free agents. As you can guess, the players with italicized names have signed with other teams. Looking at the eleven signings the team has made thus far, there are five new players and six re-signings, a fairly balanced approach. A little less than half of the signings are projected starters (Folk, Decker, Giacomini, Colon, possibly Patterson), but most of the signings are depth. Obviously, the team missed out on some people they were interested in, such as Ben Tate, Maurice Jones-Drew, Vontae Davis, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. What are your thoughts?