By now, you’ve seen where Antonio Brown moved to the Raiders, while Odell Beckham JR is now going to be playing NFL football on Lake Erie. As is typical of sports media, they are making huge deals out of these moves. It even briefly overshadowed analysis of future Hall of Famer Kyler Murray and anything LeBron James did.
What does it really mean? It means very good football players are moving to teams that lets say, have underachieved. It also places a great deal of pressure on the quarterback of the teams.
We at BSP have no problem with the trades. We have no problem with the teams making the trades. We do have a problem thinking these players are huge difference makers, and we think that it’s not as big a deal as it’s being made to be.
One wide receiver has been named NFL MVP, and it’s the greatest football player of all time, Jerry Rice. We see wide receivers like Super Bowl MVP’s Deion Branch, Julian Edelman and Santonio Holmes. We realize although they were very good players, they aren’t top tier wide receivers. Of the last five Super Bowl champions, only Edelman and Alston Jeffery rate as All-Pro caliber WRs and that’s clearly debatable. Jeffery is awesome when he isn’t hurt, but he’s hurt a lot.
Ease off giving the teams trading these players the grief they’ve gotten from sports media. The Giants were terrible when they were paying Beckham $17M/year. The Steelers won a game they had to win at the end of the season without AB. Both will continue on.