While the discussion about brackets drones on the TV, I just wanted to get some thoughts in on NFL free agency.
Monday Morning QB sums it up nicely with this comment:
Both the Dolphins and Browns took big swings in free agency last year, and they were back at it on Tuesday, with the Dolphins investing heavily in Branden Albert and the Browns in veterans Donte Whitner and Karlos Dansby. The Dolphins have awarded two of the top guaranteed amounts in free agency over the last two years: $30 million to Mike Wallace and $25 million to Albert.
There you have it. The Dolphins have spent $55M in guaranteed money to two players; Mike Wallace and Branden Albert.
Why give $30M in guaranteed money to a wide receiver not named Calvin Johnson? I don’t understand it.
Meanwhile, if I told you:
This team signed probably the best player from the worst defense in the history of the NFL. Another player broke down in the biggest game of the season, and you signed him to $26M guaranteed. Finally, another player’s agent basically negotiates three contracts with three teams and ends up signing with this, the fourth team.
Says here that team would be called the Raiders by the casual NFL fan. But you’d be wrong; that team is the Super Bowl runner up, Denver Broncos.
I’m hearing from a lot of fans the Broncos are loading up, but this could end up not going well. BSP, going to objective mode says the Broncos are picking up guys who have been hurt recently, and they’ve done little to fix their real issue in the Super Bowl … they couldn’t block the Seahawks, and they ultimately don’t have a great deal of team speed. Granted, they could remedy those things through the draft and players returning from injury, but the problem with players coming back from injury tends to get bigger rather than go away.