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Old Faces in New Places

Updated: Sep 5, 2023

5 Pro-Bowl NFL Players that signed with new teams that your probably FORGOT about

Orlando Brown to the Bengals!

In April, the Cincinnati Bengals made a significant move to strengthen their offensive line by signing former Chiefs offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. Brown is widely regarded as one of the best tackles in the NFL, and was picked by the Bengals in free agency. The Bengals made a move to secure their offensive line by picking up Orlando Brown Jr. The deal will be for 4-years and worth around $84 million. The move solidifies the Bengals' offensive line for years to come, ensuring that they have one of the league's premier tackles protecting quarterback Joe Burrow. Brown was originally drafted by the Ravens in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He quickly established himself as one of the league's premier tackles, starting all 16 games in each of the past two seasons. In 2020, he earned his first Pro Bowl selection after moving from right to left Tackle after other Ravens tackle Ronnie Stanley went out with an injury. He also was named second-team All-Pro. In 2021, he was traded to the Chiefs for some picks that included a first rounder. He helped the Chiefs win the Super Bowl this past season and made QB Patirck Mahomes life a lot easier. With Brown on board, the Bengals are hoping to solidify their offensive line and protect quarterback Joe Burrow. The Chiefs ensured Brown would play for them in the 2022 season and used the franchise tag on him before the deadline last offseason. The two sides were unable to reach an agreement on a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline. Brown then reported to training camp and signed his one-year tender for $16.7 million after a brief holdout. Overall, the Bengals signing Orlando Brown Jr. is a significant move that should help the team improve on the offense. With Brown anchoring the offensive line, the Bengals have a chance to once again win the highly competitive AFC North.

Byron Jones retires!

The Miami Dolphins have decided to move on from CB Byron Jones. The Dolphins released Jones after he failed a physical. Jones missed the entire 2022 season with a lower left leg injury. The Dolphins will save 13.6 million because he is a designated post June 1 cut. However, they will have $10 million in dead cap money. The Dolphins were over 17 million over the cap, before the cut and had to make the move. When the Dolphins decided to part ways with Jones, they acquired All-Pro corner from Jalen Ramsey. Back in 2020, the Dolphins signed Jones to a 5 year deal for 82.5 million and at the time, it was the largest deal for a corner. Jones was a first round pick by the Cowboys back in 2015. In his eight year career, the Connecticut product has had 444 tackles, 4 interceptions and 5 forced fumbles. He made the Pro-Bowl in 2018 and also made the All-Pro second team in that same season. It was rumored that he was likely going to retire, but he said that he isn’t retired. Jones tweeted this recently: "Much has changed in 8 years," "Today I can't run or jump because of my injuries sustained playing this game. DO NOT take the pills they give you. DO NOT take the injections they give you. If you absolutely must, consult an outside doctor to learn the long-term implications… ."

The Steelers add former former Viking and Cardinal Patrick Peterson

In other NFL news, the Steelers have signed former All-Pro corner Patrick Peterson. Patrick Peterson signed a 2 year deal with Pittsburgh. Peterson played for the Vikings last year and also played for the Cardinals before that. He has been in the League since 2011 and has made eight Pro Bowl and three All-Pro teams. The 32 year old CB will replace Cameron Sutton who left the Steelers to sign with the Lions. According to reports, Peterson plans to finish his career in Pittsburg. He went on his podcast and said that he plans to play 14 years, which at the moment he has played 12 seasons with the Cards and Vikings. In his 12 year career, he has had 34 interceptions, 111 passes defended and 610 total tackles. Last season with the Vikings, the LSU product was a zone roamer who could anticipate passes and jump routes for big plays. In the 2021 season with Mike Zimmer, he played a lot of press man coverage. After Peterson officially signed, he said this about wearing number 7, "I would love to rock No. 7," "Seven has always been special to me." Seven is not retired and nobody is Currently wearing it, but it was worn by Ben Roethlisberger who retired after last season.

The Bears sign Tremaine Edmonds

The Chicago Bears are adding one of the best LB`s in free agency. It was reported that former Bulls LB Tremaine Edmonds was signing with the Bears. Edmonds will receive a four-year, $72 million contract that includes $50 million guaranteed according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. The two time Pro-Bowler played with the Bills from 2018 until 2022. He was a first round pick in 2018 for Virginia Tech. In each season, he has had over 100 plus tackles. In total, he had 565 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 5 interceptions. Edmonds was the 16th overall pick in the 2018 draft and immediately made an impact on the Bills defense. Until this year, Edmonds had played 16 games every season. He played in 13 games in 2022, missing time with injuries. The Bears had the most money in the League and needed a LB after trading away Roquan Smith to the Ravens. In addition, the Bears also signed Eagles LB TJ Edwards. Edmunds had been responsible for distributing the playcalls on the defensive side of the ball and was named a defensive captain each of the last four seasons. Even though the Bears lost Smith last season, they got another top LB in Tremaine Edmonds.

The Chargers add another top former All-Pro to their defense

The Chargers also signed a former Pro-Bowl LB. After being released by the Vikings, Eric Kendricks signed with the Chargers. It will be for two years. According to a source from the Chargers. The UCLA product is originally from California and played with the Bruins during college. After being drafted by the Vikings in the second round back in 2015, he played there nine seasons. In 2019 he made his first and only All-Pro team and Pro-Bowl. He started all 17 games for the Vikings last season and had 137 tackles. Kendricks has now had seven straight seasons with 100 or more tackles. Last season Erick Kendricks had 919 tackles and 15 sacks in 117 games played.

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