Re: Here is ONE offseason WR decision that BB got right!
posted at 9/9/2013 12:11 PM EDT
In response to Muzwell's comment:
Well, they signed Sanders. But Pitt decided to keep him. Not much you can do about that. I actually like Heyward-Bey as well, but most here thought that was crazy talk, he's this, he's that, he's a head case. He was halfway productive in a bad situation. So, I agree on that.
As for Boldin, whatever trade discussions they had back in the day was so long ago. It would have been a nice move then, but as with drafting Wallace (instead of Tate), it didn't happen. I refuse to get caught up in the handwringing.
I actually like the guys they have now. Precious few rookie WRs hit the ground running. It's going to take time, we all knew that (or at least some of us did). Thompkins is going to be fine, he made correctable mistakes, the talent is still there just as it was a few weeks ago when everybody was raving about the guy.
I can't imagine the teeth gnashing that would be going on here had they lost. But they're going to lose a few, some where they'll look worse than yesterday. It only matters how they end up, the finished product.
That's the thing Muz, we have $13.5mil right now. We could have done something about Sanders. An extra mil or 2 he'd be here and wouldn't have hurt our cap in the least. Bey went for about Jones went for and Walter for even less. What would it have hurt to bring them in over Jones who was another injury prone type of player. That's what I'm saying, they had other options which wouldn't have hurt the cap and chose to go with lesser options. Now they might have a reason but going into camp I had no faith Jones or Jenkins was making the team. If Edelman and Amendola were your vets and together might have added up to 1.5 seasons over their last 2 years combined adding another low priced vet seemed like a wise decision. I'm just worried that relying on rooks and injury prone players is tossing your eggs into 1 basket in the back of a UPS truck going down route 1 after the snow plows got to it. Having one solid durable vet waiting in the wings I think would have gone a long way even if he only gave what Branch gave 2 years ago.
The only reason I bring up Boldin is because I think this happens with BB more often than we care to admit. Was it in the past, yep, but could Boldin have helped the last couple of years it's hard for anyone to say he couldn't have. BB obviously wanted him because he had a trade done the only thing holding it up was BB didn't want to spend a little more to get a player he wanted. I think this has happened before and it will happen again and I think it has hurt this team. Now you know me, I don't want to spend to the moon on every player under the sun but certain positions that lacked depth you have to spend a little extra to get a quality player. Imagine this team if they had Edelman, Amendola, and Boldin with a couple years with Brady right now. Sure they might not have gotten all their younger guys but I do think they still would have been forced to grab a couple. And it almost happened if not for a couple mil extra a year, something we could afford for such a critical position on the team (and no we aren't talking Wallace money)