NFL free agency, the official start to the new league year. It has been described by some as football’s equivalent to Christmas, for the fans. There were three presents sitting under Atlanta’s Christmas tree, after day one. There was that awesome Sky Viper v950HD Video Drone (Alex Mack), a pair of socks (Matt Schaub), and a kite (Derrick Shelby).
That kite isn’t something that you jump for joy at the site of; in fact, it’s so completely overshadowed by the awesomeness of the Sky Viper, that you don’t even pay it much attention at first. But that kite is a very underrated (and relatively inexpensive) toy that you’ll begin to greatly appreciate, when the time comes.
That kite is a metaphor for Atlanta’s final day one signing: a metaphor for Miami Dolphins defensive end Derrick Shelby. Shelby, 27, was signed to a 4-year deal, with an $18 million base value, and the chance to have that number swell to $21 million total through incentives. $7.5 million is the guaranteed figure.
Derrick Shelby was a very good signing for the Atlanta Falcons. Here are three reasons why this is the case.
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