Re: the jets are doing what the patriots aren't doing time to wake up!!
posted at 3/14/2010 1:08 PM EDT
From walterfootball.com. Yep, the Pats should have overpaid for these duds. Forget the Jets, they'e an aging medicore team w/an overhyped QB.
2010 NFL Free Agency: Bad Moves
Redskins sign RB Larry "East Coast Cat" Johnson: 3 years, $12 million
Congratulations to Larry Johnson, who stole $12 million from another dumb NFL owner. Johnson is a bad guy who has nothing left in the tank. He brings nothing in terms of on-the-field production, and he's a disruptive player you just don't want in your locker room. It's safe to say that Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen had nothing to do with this signing. It was all Daniel Snyder. Browns sign TE Ben Watson: 3 years, $12 million; $6.3 million guaranteed
When this went down, I tweeted
, "Cleveland Browns sign TE Ben Watson: 3 years, $12 million. Looks like they overpaid by about $12 million." I'm really disgusted by this signing. For years in New England, Watson was an overweight sloth who didn't put in any effort. Because he was in his contract year last season, he finally got into shape - and yet he still sucked. The Browns are basically throwing $6.3 million in guaranteed money into a fire. And the crazy thing is, Watson isn't even the best tight end on Cleveland's roster. That would be Evan Moore. Bengals sign WR Antonio Bryant: 4 years, $28 million
National publications will tout this as a great signing. I won't. I've been warning you about Antonio Bryant for two years. Throughout his career, whenever Bryant has signed a big deal and obtained a nice bonus, he stopped trying hard. Bryant put forth effort the past two seasons because he was playing for a contract. Now that he has one, he'll shut it down again. On top of all this, Bryant is a bad guy to have in the locker room. I think this is an awful signing. Jaguars sign DE Aaron Kampman: 4 years, $26 million; $11 million guaranteed
This move would have been great a year ago. Unfortunately, Aaron Kampman tore his ACL in November, which means there's a very small chance he'll be anywhere close to 100 percent by the season opener.
With that in mind, why would the financially strapped Jaguars just burn away $11 million like this? I don't get it, but I guess there's a reason wise teams like the Colts and Steelers are in Super Bowl contention every year - they're smart enough to realize that you don't win by acquiring overpriced free agents. Bears sign DE Julius Peppers: 6 years, $91.5 million; $42 million guaranteed
As much as I liked Chicago's signing of Chester Taylor, I absolutely hate this move.
Julius Peppers is an unbelievably talented player. There's no questioning that. However, Peppers has been known to take games off before. Last year, Peppers was dominant in some contests. In others, he was nowhere to be found.
If Peppers didn't give 100 percent in some games during his contract year, how can the Bears expect him to give his full effort now that he has $42 million in his back pocket?
Along with Peppers, Taylor and Brandon Manumaleuna, the Bears must have secretly signed Daniel Snyder; this is the same type of frivolous spending that has been responsible for Washington's mediocrity this past decade.
And speaking of the Redskins, this reminds me a lot of the Albert Haynesworth deal. Haynesworth was disgruntled in Tennessee because he was franchised. He was finally able to leave, where he had a forgettable season (by his standards) in Washington in 2009. I've heard people opine that Peppers will now suddenly try hard because he's in a better situation. I say he's more likely to take plays off with essentially $40 million guaranteed. Falcons sign CB Dunta Robinson: 6 years, $57 million; $25.5 million guaranteed
Dunta Robinson is now the second-richest corner in the NFL - only behind Nnamdi Asomugha. Wow.
There's no questioning Robinson's talent. He's a legit No. 1 corner in this league. But I think the Falcons may have overlooked his injury history. Robinson has missed 13 games the past three seasons and is only two years removed from a nasty knee injury. So while he fills a big need on Atlanta's roster, Robinson is a big risk at $27 million guaranteed. Giants sign FS Antrel Rolle: 5 years, $37 million; $15 million guaranteed
Really? The Giants gave $15 million guaranteed to Antrel Rolle? The same Antrel Rolle who blows coverages and whiffs on tackles? Jerry Reese is a great general manager, but this move leaves me scratching my head. Don't get me wrong, safety was a huge need for New York (listed No. 2 in my New York Giants 2010 NFL Offseason Needs
), but Rolle isn't a very good player. Lions sign WR Nate Burleson: 5 years, $25 million; $11 million guaranteed
I wrote the following in my 2010 NFL Free Agent Rankings
: "Nate Burleson is coming off a very solid year, catching 63 balls for 812 yards in 13 games. There is no doubt in my mind, however, that once Burleson signs an overpriced contract, he'll revert to Sloth Mode."
Mission accomplished! Burleson has been a very lazy player throughout his NFL career. Coincidentally, he had his best year since 2004 in a contract season. I'm pretty confident that Burleson will tank in 2010 now that he has $11 million in his wallet. Lions sign DE Kyle Vanden Bosch: 4 years, $26 million; $10 million guaranteed
Kyle Vanden Bosch was an outstanding defensive end two years ago when he notched 12 sacks. In 2008, Vanden Bosch had five sacks, but missed six games because of a nagging groin injury. However, once Albert Haynesworth left, Vanden Bosch was exposed; in 15 games last year, he managed only three sacks.
Vanden Bosch turns 32 in November. In the past two seasons, he's been bothered by groin and knee injuries. Giving him a $26 million contract and $10 million in guarantees is going a bit overboard, isn't it? He's definitely not the player he was two seasons ago. The Lions overpaid here.