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NFL Free Agency Recap: Days 3 and 4

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Darren Sproles to the Eagles, Captain Munnerlyn to the Vikings, Jason Hatcher to the ‘Skins, and more.

NFL Free Agency Recap: Days 3 and 4

Here is a quick recap of the latest news in free agency, which is slowing down but will surely pick up soon with the big names still available.

RB Darren Sproles traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a fifth-round pick.

The Eagles added yet another weapon to their already stacked arsenal, acquiring the New Orleans Saints' dynamic running back Darren Sproles for a fifth-round pick. Sproles is coming off a decent but injury-plagued season, where knee and ankle injuries slowed him in the latter part of the season. Still, Sproles put up solid numbers in 2013 and recoded 71 receptions for 604 yards and 2 touchdowns along with 220 yards rushing on 53 attempts and 2 scores. If he can stay healthy, he and LeSean McCoy should give the Eagles the most electric running back duo in the league.

CB Captain Munnerlyn heads to the Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings desperately needed to upgrade their secondary that ranked 31st in pass defense last season and they got it with the signing of Carolina Panthers' cornerback Captain Munnerlyn. Munnerlyn signed a three-year deal that could be worth up to $15 million yesterday. Last season, Munnerlyn compiled 74 combined tackles, 3.5 sacks, and 2 interceptions, both of which went touchdowns. Munnerlyn primarily works from the slot and makes plays in different ways. He is a tenacious corner who can tackle and blitz well and is a pick-six threat. Munnerlyn was ranked 12th among cornerbacks, according to Pro Football Focus, with a grade of +10.1 and is the perfect fit to a secondary that lacked playmakers last season. 

Washington Redskins sign former Dallas Cowboy DT Jason Hatcher

The Redskins signed defensive tackle Jason Hatcher to bolster their 30th ranked defense last season and weaken their rival at the same time. They also upgrade their pass rush as they ranked tied for 21st in sacks in 2013 with 36. Hatcher led all defensive tackles in sacks last season with a career-high 11. In addition, he collected a career-high in combined tackles (34) and forced fumbles (2).

Oakland Raiders add DE Justin Tuck and LB LaMarr Woodley to upgrade defense

After losing out on offensive tackle Rodger Saffold, the Raiders decided to upgrade the other side of the ball by signing New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley. Tuck signed for two-years, $11 million while Woodley inked a two-year deal worth up to $12 million. Tuck played well in his final season as a Giant with 63 combined tackles and a team-leading 11 sacks. Woodley, on the other hand, had yet another down year, compiling 36 combined tackles and 5 sacks. Both are former Super Bowl champions and should provide valuable veteran leadership on defense.

Carolina Panthers part ways with WR Steve Smith

The Panthers officially released wide receiver Steve Smith after 13 seasons with the team. Smith was the Panthers' third-round draft pick in the 2001 and proved all his doubters wrong to become the Panthers' career leader in receptions and touchdowns. His passion and playmaking ability, while diminished, will be sorely missed in Carolina. Last season, Smith caught 64 receptions for 745 yards and four touchdowns. He has already garnered some interest from teams and is set to visit the Baltimore Ravens soon. 

NT Vince Wilfork asks for his release from the New England Patriots

A day after upgrading their defense by signing Darrelle Revis, the Patriots will probably lose their long-time center piece of the defense in nose tackle Vince Wilfork. After being reportedly asked to take a pay cut, the 32-year-old requested to be released. Wilfork is set to make $7.5 million in salary and cost $11.6 million on the cap. Wilfork's 2013 season was cut short after he tore his achilles tendon in Week 4 against the Atlanta Falcons. In four games last season, he had 9 combined tackles and no sacks. Wilfork would be a huge loss for the Patriots, given their lack of depth at the defensive line. He has been the anchor of the Patriots' line since 2004. In 10 seasons for the Patriots, Wilfork has amassed 469 combined tackles and 16 sacks. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers ink Cincinnati Bengals OT Anthony Collins

The Buccaneers signed offensive tackle Anthony Collins to a five-year, $30 million to strengthen their offensive line. Collins had an impressive 2013 season, where he took advantage of an opportunity to start the final seven games of the season following an injury to Kerry Zeitler. According to Pro Football Focus, Collins ranked 24th among offensive tackles with an overall grade of +14. Collins will slide in at left tackle to replace last season's starter Donald Penn, who was released yesterday.

Tennessee Titans grab Denver Broncos LB Wesley Woodyard

The Titans signed former Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard for four-years, $16 million. In 10 games started at middle linebacker, Woodyard compiled 84 combined tackles, 1.5 sacks, and 1 interception. Woodyard is more known for his solid pass coverage skills as he had four passes defended last season. 

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