Daily News football writer Paul Domowitch provides a quick look at the early winners and losers after the first weekend of free agency. To read more of this analysis, visit www.eagletarian.com.


Chiefs: The weekend acquisitions of quarterback Matt Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel for the paltry sum of a second-round pick will only make them better.

Lito Sheppard: The Eagles cornerback finally got the trade he wanted, to the Jets.

Giants: The Giants signed Falcons linebacker Michael Boley, Seahawks defensive tackle Rocky Bernard and Cowboys defensive lineman Chris Canty.

Rams: Not sure how, but they landed the best offensive lineman in free agency, Ravens center/guard Jason Brown.

Redskins: They way, way overpaid for Albert Haynesworth. But he does give them a badly-needed interior difference-maker.

Broncos: Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan should be able to find a way to maximize what 35-year-old Brian Dawkins still does well and minimize what he doesn't. Neither of the backs they targeted over the weekend - Correll Buckhalter, who signed, or J.J. Arrington, whose contract has hit a snag - are going to be carry-the-load guys. But they would bring versatility.

Dolphins: The Dolphins re-signed three key players right before free agency - guard Vernon Carey, linebacker Channing Crowder and safety Yeremiah Bell - then added safety Gibril Wilson.


Reggie Williams: He goes out and gets arrested for drunken driving and possession of marijuana. So much for your chances of landing a $5 million signing bonus, doofus.

Ravens: One of their two inside linebackers, Bart Scott, signed with the Jets. Their strong safety, Jim Leonhard, is expected to join Scott there any day now. Center Jason Brown signed with the Rams, and Ray Lewis isn't expected back either.

Patriots: With Tom Brady expected back, assuming he survives the rigors of his honeymoon with Gisele, they really didn't need Cassel and his $14 million cap figure. But why did Bill Belichick settle for a second-round pick for the guy? *