Re: Why cut woodhead?
posted at 1/8/2014 10:26 AM EST
In response to TrueChamp's comment:
In response to PatsEng's comment:
In response to TrueChamp's comment:
Yeah, I think BB wanted to spend the money trying to make his team better in the secondary by adding a mammoth in the box safety with great experience, and get a better kick returner then woodhead was. Both guys were injured and couldn't play. I guess BB shouldn't draft guys who will get hurt....it's so simple.
3Blount 750 k
4Woodhead new 3.5 million dollar commitment to keep him. How many 3rd down backs do most teams carry?
5Bolden 700 k
We see how BB values the RB position with the little amount of money he has invested since Dillion left. He even carried 2 undrafted over acheiving FA's as his 1-2 starters for 2 years. So why give a back up who would only see the field if option 1, 2 , and 3 are hurt? Easy to look in hindsight and say, oh 1 guy got hurt. But again I guess BB should only keep the guys who won't get injured.....it's so simple.
So why did you list Woodheads amount for the full 2 yrs but everyone else you only listed this one year? This year Woodheads cap hit is $1.25mil, next year it's $2.25 mil but $1.75 is in base so you can cut/extend him with only a $500k cap hit. That's a great contract and not nearly as you put it the $3.5mil.
So in reality the difference better Washington and Woodhead was ~$.5 mil (orignal signing bonus $360k + salary paid after resign ~$400k). Actually they signed Washington at $1.2mil so if he played the full season the difference would have been $50k for this year. Are you really going to tell me that $50k for this year in cap savings was enough justification for Washington over Woodhead?
And yes maybe BB shouldn't draft injury prone players high up in the draft:
- Vollmer (love the guy but how many games missed?)
- Gronk (could be one of the best in the game but when we needed him most is injured)
We have a lot on money injured on the bench week in and week out. Some are freak injures (Wilfork, Kelly) because they have no history but some this year have track records longer than Gronks arm. That's a ton of money doing nothing most games when you didn't get them proper backups to begin with.
*btw Vereen wasn't injured in college so I give him the pass but his career so far has been full of injures so you really need to have a good pass catching 3rd down back to back him up and non of the guys you mention fit that mold.
BTW I would have replaced Bolden with Woodhead in an instant. Bolden isn't that good of an RB. He hasn't proved to be anything but a 5th RB who cleans up in mop up duty. He averages less than 5 carries a game for ok yards but that is easily replacable by almost any UDFA so not sure why everyone thinks he's someone you'd want over a proven productive player. Esp considering Blount and Ridley do the same thing as Bolden only better.
I listed his whole contract because that is what it would have taken to keep him. Washington was one of the best KR's in the league. It was worth it. Woodhead was not a good KR, he was slow. Washington was hurt( or the coaches dididn't like him? I guess) . Again, hindsight. If we kept woodhead and vareen didn't get hurt then he doesn't see the field. Bottom line. Apparently bolden came in and did an adequate job as we are 12-4 with another bye week.
And here is where we can end the discussion....if you think BB made mistakes by signing Gronk and volmer in the 2nd round of the draft then I can't go on. Gronk is injury prone, why? Because he was busy breaking the touch down record for 1st 3 years a guy has been in the league. I guess there was a fully disclosed condition in Gronk and Vareens medical reports that makes their acls tear easier when guys crash into their knee caps, or their bones crack when guys land on top of them. BB made a big mistake signing Gronkowski???????.....ok, now ive heard it all.
This may come as a surprise to a lot of posters but big guys flying around recklessly and crashing into each other results in injuries. This is the NFL. It's not going to change and it will probably get worse.