It was tenaciously busy this past week in the NFL. Who stayed? Who hit the road? Who sustained insurmountable injuries? Here’s a review of this past week’s movers and shakers.
Stevan Ridley, RB: The Broncos will bolster an already stout backfield with running back Ridley. Denver’s stable already includes powerhouses C.J. Anderson, Jamaal Charles, Devontae Booker, and Bernard Pierce.
We’ve signed running back Stevan Ridley.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) July 27, 2017
With that kind of talent, the Broncos look to be waging war against the AFC West’s ability to stuff the run. What remains to be seen is if there will be enough roster spots for them all, or if the aging talent can hold up.
Everson Griffen, DE: The Vikings took steps to lock down a vital part of their stellar defense by signing Griffen to a four-year extension. Griffen has been a force to be reckoned with in the trenches, amassing 30.5 sacks and four forced fumbles over the last three seasons.
This current deal puts Minnesota in a better position to keep their top five defensive line together. The next task on their list? Negotiating a deal with defensive tackle Tom Johnson.
Everson Griffen has lived up to his contract and then some pic.twitter.com/OBO0yAoJm7
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) July 26, 2017
Rob Ninkovich, LB: Ninkovich announced on Sunday during an emotional press conference that he would be retiring after 11 seasons in the league. He spent the last eight of those playing for the Patriots, where Ninkovich was a vital part of two successful Super Bowl runs.
Ninkovich also accumulated 46 sacks, 12 forced fumbles, 14 fumble recoveries and five interceptions during his career. He departed amongst praises from former coach Sean Payton and current Coach Bill Belichick, with the latter referring to him as “one of the most unselfish players I’ve ever coached.”
Alejandro Villanueva, LT: Pittsburgh rewarded Villanueva’s consistency and hard work with a four year, $24 million dollar contract. This news comes on the heels of the Steelers signing star wideout Antonio Brown to a mega deal and Le’Veon Bell holding out in protest over having the franchise tag placed upon him.
Villanueva seems anxious to get back to work. When asked about the whole ordeal, he remarked, “It’s not a fun process.” The Steelers can now breathe a little easier knowing that they tied up some offensive loose ends. Well, for this season, anyways.
Alejandro Villanueva is arriving at camp to sign his new four-year deal. One of league’s best O-lines keeps important piece .
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) July 27, 2017