Re: Brandon LaFell is now a Patriot.
posted at 3/16/2014 9:27 AM EDT
In response to TrueChamp's comment:
In response to mthurl's comment:
I wouldn't complain at all over this signing...does anyone remember who/what we signed this time last year? WE signed Michael Jenkins, Donald Jones and some dope from the Titans...then we cut Lloyd because he was due a roster bonus. And we also tried to muscle Welker and ended up with Amendola. That is what we did.
Now we sign a former second round pick who has size, some NFL production and is in his prime...how's that even a comparison to what we usually do? We gave him a 3 year 11 million dollar contract - I imagine they like him if they did that - if he can be a decent number two option I'll like him too. I already like him better than what we signed last year.
I remember the days when we used to have off seasons like this - signing good players who are in their prime or heading into their prime - this is the way I like it. No more of the over the hill has beens for cheap. No more of the low risk, high reward! Types. No more of passing over a Brandon Browner and ending up with a Steven Gregory and saying...he had more value. Keep it going.
Yeah Lafelle is a way better player then Jenkins.
Lafelle 1st 4 years, 167 catches 13 tds.
Jenkins 1st 4 years 130 catches 14 tds.
Jenkins in 8 years before we signed him 350 catches 25 tds, also known as what Lafelle is on pace for. The only difference between these 2 acquisitions is that we signed Lafelle at a younger age then we signed Jenkins for and paid 10x as much because of it. They are very similar players with almost identical career pathes to this point.
Hopefully Lafelle bucks the trend of veteran receivers who can't figure out or meet the demands of our obviously complex pass offense, because if he can't he is a 11 million dollar gamble, which is about 11x more financial risk then Jenkins was.
The big difference, though, is Jenkins had already played 9 years in the NFL when we signed him . . . and he never played again, either for us or anyone else. I mean Jerry Rice is better than any WR ever, but what he did in the 1980s is irrelevant to what he can do today and I'd rather sign Brandon LaFell than Jerry Rice right now . . . right now, LaFell is a much better player than Jerry Rice.