Signings Around The NFL

 

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Today, three veteran players found new teams to continue their career. Victor Cruz, Corey White, and Gerald Hodges finally signed with a team.

First off, Corey White signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets, according to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY. He is now the 11th cornerback on the roster. This is a position on the Jets defense that is in question and almost anyone can make it from camp.

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White is a 27-year-old versatile defender, as he can play the cornerback position, but also he can play the safety position. This journeyman has played in 66 NFL games and earning 24 starts between four teams. He has six career interceptions.

Next, Gerald Hodges is heading to the Buffalo Bills on a one-year deal, which was announced by Bills head coach Sean McDermott. Hodges joins a revamped linebackers corps with the departures of Zach Brown and Lerentee McCray.

The team is slated to start Lorenzo Alexander and Reggie Ragland at the outside linebacker positions with Preston Brown in the middle. Hodges will have a chance to win a starting spot, as he is a solid linebacker that plays all three spots. He was ranked as the 21st best linebacker from Pro Football Focus.

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Hodges was ranked that well by PFF, as he was one of the bright spots on a weak San Francisco 49ers defense. He tallied up 80 tackles, three sacks, and two interceptions in 15 games.

The 26-year-old linebacker will most likely make the team due to the lack of quality depth behind the three projected starters. He will compete with Ramon Humber and rookies Matt Milano and Tanner Vallejo. Hodges is a solid special teams player, which is another bonus.

Furthermore, the last player on the list to find a new home is Victor Cruz. Cruz will sign with the Chicago Bears on a one-year deal, according to Kimberly Jones and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

The Bears will have a new look at the wide receiver group, as Alshon Jeffery left the Bears for the Philadelphia Eagles, and they added two other average receivers in Kendall Wright and Markus Wheaton. The rest of the group consist of the injured plagued Kevin White, an upcoming kid in Cameron Meredith, and three depth players in Joshua Bellamy, Deonte Thompson, and Daniel Braverman.

Expect Cameron Meredith and Kevin White to start with Kendall Wright, Markus Wheaton, and Victor Cruz battling for the third spot.

In addition, Cruz lost tons of footballs thrown to him with the emergence of Sterling Shepard last year. Cruz only caught 39 passes for 586 yards for one score. He has been dealing with injuries and especially when he missed majority of the 2014 season and all of the 2015 season. It is fair to say that those injuries have cost the famous salsa-dancer to lose a step on the gridiron.

Finally, this move fits both Cruz and the Bears. Cruz brings experience and leadership to a young team, which having these veteran receivers will help the young quarterbacks grow despite who starts (Glennon or Trubisky).

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