July 27th, 2011- By Bryan Cross
The frenzy that-is the NFL transaction period is underway, just two days removed from the conclusion of the NFL Lockout that lasted over four months.
And on Wednesday, the news continues to fluctuate by the hour, with teams making moves by cutting players, signing players, or a combination thereof.
A couple notable moves have happened from Tuesday and on into Wednesday, that could have significant impacts across division an conference lines.
One such move is the reported signing of Matt Hasselbeck by the Tennessee Titans, moving from the Seattle Seahawks. Hasselbeck will come into a situation in Tennessee to a team that spent their first roung draft pick on a quarterback in Jake Locker. There is a connection between the two however, as Locker played college football at Washington. Hasselbeck is expected to come into the starting role, while at the same time help groom Locker for the future.
It’s a move that the Seahawks will have to cope with heading into the season, and have by signing former Minnesota quarterback Tavaris Jackson.
But the Vikings have made moves as well, reportedly very close to bringing in Washington quarterback Donovan McNabb. Similar to the Titans, the Vikings spent their first round pick on quarterback Christian Ponder. But in McNabb, they get a veteran with a history of winning to come into a good system with a young quarterback on the sideline learning.
Getting back to the AFC, the New York Jets locked in wide receiver Santonio Holmes for a reported $50 million deal. Talks surrounding the Jets have also hinted at the fact that they are interested in Oakland free agent defensive back Nnamdi Asomugha.
Over the course of the next several days and couple of weeks, there are likely to be several more big moves around the league, with notable players like Philadelphia quarterback Kevin Kolb still on the trade block.