Drayton Florence signed a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars for six-years, $36.1 million. He was immediately took Brian Williams' job as the #2 Cornerback, starting opposite Rashean Mathis. So far in the preseason, Florence has looked to be a great pickup for the Jags. Florence joins a talented secondary with ballhawks like Reggie Nelson and Rashean Mathis lining up with him.
Shane Olivea was supplanted as the starter in San Diego due to both his declining passion for the game, as well as the ascending play of Jeromey Clary. Olivea requested a release from the Chargers, which was granted by the team. After going to drug rehab and spending some time as a free agent, Olivea signed a one year deal with his home town New York Giants. However, Olivea injured himself during practice with the Giants and was subsequently released with an injury settlement.
The Chargers biggest offseason loss was no doubt Michael Turner. Wanting a chance to be a featured starter in the NFL, and knowing he could never have that opportunity here in San Diego, Turner hit the free agent market and landed with the Atlanta Falcons. Turner signed the the Falcons for six-years in a deal worth $34.5 million. The Falcons are excited about having Turner help their offense, and they'll be leaning on him to pound the ball to help protect rookie QB Matt Ryan.
Marlon McCree is now a Denver Bronco, where he replaces John Lynch as the starting safety on the base defense. The Broncos feel McCree is an athletic upgrade over Lynch. He'll perform better in coverage, and they wont lose much in the way of leadership because McCree is a savvy veteran who players respect. Marlon McCree signed a one year deal worth about $2 million.
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