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A few minor league Canadian players, some old dudes and a couple of nobody’s don't = $15 million. Where's the money going????
Just seem like more of the same old, same old to me.
Yeah LOL. I bet Brady is probably wondering the same thing. BB seems to get good mileage out of some of these blokes. I don't watch many Oakland games so I don't really know how much Kelly will contribute. I just thought with Brady re doing his contract and making it cap friendly for now that BB was going to make a splash and bring in a few big name signings this off season otherwise why get the QB with the best winning record of all time in playoffs to take a pay cut at this stage of his career. BB and the Pats approach really resembles the George Costanza approach to wedding invitations - straight to the cheapest option. It has worked in the fact that they have been up for so long so hard to argue with it. I still hope they can bring in Abraham and maybe Sanders and I like the look of them then
Just a thought, sometimes retaining your own top free agents is more valuable than going out and signing players who haven't had experience in the system. Our team just went to the AFC Championship game and suffered many key injuries; one could possibly venture to guess that maybe the talent was there, but the execution and luck(injuries) was not there. Hence, we put more of a priority in resigning our top FAs (minus Welker) instead of going out and signing a Dumervil, Grimes, Osi, etc. There's nothing wrong with an infusion of new talent, but don't mistake retaining top talent on your own squad as not doing anything in FA.
I agree, good points. Just to counter that though, I think the lack of enthusiasm comes from those players not maybe having a clean bill of health. I mean most people here should know that Seabass is a top tackle when healthy and we all agree Talib made this secondary better but those 2 guys play important roles and if they go down, I dont like the depth behind them. Common sense sais BB will adress these depth concerns via draft but I also epxress those same sentiments of maybe wanting them to look at ONE of the many CBs that are available this year in F.A. - It seems with this market, we could have got a couple 2nd tier guys at vet minimum but what do I know. These are the hardest times, waiting for the draft and the anxiety that comes with it. So I like Vollmer and Talib, not so much Arrington at 4 Million. Was thinking he would sign for 2m/yr to play slot and Im concerned with our depth at CB as well as Dennards future and Talibs Hip. Other than that, Im just hoping we get WR right this time in the draft.
I like the approach of getting 3 guys instead of ONE blockbuster F/A but I fear in the last couple years we just got the wrong guys. Fanene to a multiyear deal but he is Knee is Toast!?!?? Not like BB to missread that, and Gregory as your only safety addition after losing Barret, Brown, Page, Meriweather, Tank,, essentially Chung, in a 2 year span?? The year before, Ocho and Haynesworth!?!? One was a self advertising twitter Ho and the other an underacheiving bad human being who quit after a big payday. I just think Brady deserves better help than that. Dont have to break the bank, but make smarter moves than that when Bradys window is closing.
I agree to an extent and can see the frustration/opposing views. However, I think the fact that BB got Ocho and Haynesworth for a very LOW price was directly correlated to how he was trying to get supreme talent for a lower cost. It's a good gamble. Very high reward, low cost.
Injuries happen, though. It's a part of the game and happens to every team. You can't be afraid to sign a guy just because he has had some injuries in the past. An injury can literally happen on any play so I really don't think the injury risk-factor should be weighed as heavily as say, does the player fit our team's scheme.
We will see what happens with the draft, through camp cuts, and what the opening day roster looks like. But I will put money that BB will put this team in the best position to win, just like he does every year. I don't think people realize the odds of winning a Super Bowl for every team is 1/32. We have just as good of a chance, if not the best chance, to win every single season than any other team in the NFL. But, things happen throughout the season and throughout each game. They are all human who make mistakes, and each team, no matter how talented, are playing against fellow professional players who want to win just as badly as they do.
Its a tough balance for sure and I dont think most fans could answer what the ideal scenario is. Its basically staying competitive every year and being in the hunt with maybe not enough tools to get your over the hump or putting together that team that SHOULD win a title in a 2 year span maybe before you are irrelevant again. Weve seen in with many teams, like say Arizona. Goes to a SB with Kart Warner, but he retires and they are mediocre. I will say I have enjoyed the continued success and would have been a Great Scenario to have won 2 more while ALSO staying competitive but the football gods havent been good to us since BB sold his soul for Offense, IMO. I appreciate the approach and it does have us competing EVERY year, something most teams cant say, but as of late, I have to put that success more on the arm of Brady than the success of his free agents and drafts. Lets be honest, we didnt get to the SB 2 years ago because of Ihedebo, or anyone on defense. We got their despite our defense and against better teams Brady is expected to perform to his reg. season success which is impossible when your D cannot get off the field. It all comes back to ONE man being the factor. VS the Ravens, our D gave up 4 TDs on 4 redzone trips, making Brady have to be perfect to win, and I thought he showed up, and played well but too many dropped passes and a lack of "other" options hurt this team ONCE again. So I appreciate the approach but it would work without Brady?? I dont think so