Thursday, July 28, 2011

Thoughts on the Free Agent "Chaos"

According to sources, ESPN's Adam Schefter has not slept since the lockout began.
Things have been absolutely chaotic with the delayed opening of NFL free agency (I feel obligated to say that since every talking head on ESPN has pointed that out at least 7 times).  Here are a few of my observations on a few of the key events from Thursday.
1. If Nnamdi Asomugha does land with the Jets, no one will disagree that the team will possess the best cornerback duo in the league.  Is it possible that they could be the most talented and dynamic tandem in NFL History?  The NFL Network attempted to identify the best tandems in the history of the league back in 2009.  Where do you think this super-tandem would rank?

2.  The Dallas Cowboys were very busy shedding salary on Thursday, officially releasing Marion Barber, Roy Williams, Marc Colombo and Leonard Davis (among others).  Many have interpreted these moves as a sign that “Jason Garrett is now in charge!”  The truth is, those players don’t deserve their contracts and would have been cut by the majority of teams around the league.  But if people get fired up by this story, go for it.  The truth is and always will be, it’s Jerry’s team.

3.  Staying on the Cowboys, it has been pointed out by a variety of writers that, though the Cowboys have done an admirable job clearing cap space this season, they will be sitting on $20.9 million of dead money in 2012.  They better win now. Yikes.

4. The Washington Redskins threw $27.5 million at Stephen Bowen when no one else would.  My gut tells me that’s way too much.  But I guess the Redskins know what they are doing with defensive linemen.  They did just spend over $25 million on a fifth round pick in 2013.

5. Something just doesn’t feel right with the Patriots.  Maybe I will be proven wrong over time, but it sure feels like the Pats are panicking in an attempt to match the Jets talent.  Randy Moss was a calculated risk with talent.  Ocho-Cinco is a sideshow clown and Albert Haynesworth has done nothing to indicate that he enjoys the game of football.

6. The Seahawks are strange.  They are kind of like that gothic kid in high school.  No one quite understands what they are thinking, but it’s difficult not to be intrigued from a distance simply because of their odd behavior.  Apparently Robert Gallery is their answer at left guard.  That is really all I want to say about that.

7. If I were an Arizona Cardinals fan, the whole Kevin Kolb experiment would scare the hell out of me.  Career numbers thus far: 19 games, 60.8% completion rate, 11 TD, 14 INT, QB rating of 73.2.

No, those numbers don’t tell the whole story.  The value is in his potential.  But that’s a dangerous word to use when committing $63 million over 5 years.  Read Mike Florio's thoughts on the deal.
Feel free to disagree with me.  70% of the time, I am about 62% right.

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