It’s funny how things can change so quickly in the weeks leading up to the draft. Stocks can rise like the dot-com’s of the late 90s – or plummet like those same stocks in 2000 (March of 2000, to be exact, and I know because I have gained back only one sleeve of the shirt I lost that month). There’s a lot of luck involved in terms of where a player goes, especially for a RB. Once free agency is over, there are usually only a handful of teams with an obvious need at the position, and this year those teams are the Browns, Bills, Packers, and Titans.
Everyone assumed the Browns would use the #3 pick on either RB Adrian Peterson or T Joe Thomas, but it’s now starting to come to the surface that the Browns might be ready to pull the trigger on QB Brady Quinn, provided the Lions pass on Quinn. It started with Quinn’s strong private workout – attended by Brown ownership – and when they team signed Jamal Lewis it intensified. Signing Lewis (for only one season) would certainly not preclude them from also drafting Peterson, and they did unload Reuben Droughns, but it’s clear that [...]
It’s kind of a slow day for football news, so it’s a good time to cover some off-football stuff. I have two things today:
Saw The Shins live in Philly last night at a small place called The Electric Factory, which actually used to be an old factory. It’s a great place to see a show; I saw the Foos there in 1997 supporting The Color and the Shape album and I battled for 90 minutes in the front row for an incredible show. I was 28 at the time, and I remember feeling old while basically brawling with a bunch of 18 year olds (I kicked their asses). Last night, I certainly felt older. I thought I’d see more people my age, since The Shins are in their mid-30s and play mostly mellow and retro-sounding music. But I would say the average age of the people in attendance was about 30. Once again, it seems people in my age group have no clue when it comes to newer bands and music (unless they have migrated to Country). Anyway, as I warned my son (14) beforehand this was not an in-your-face live act. But as someone [...]
If you somehow thought QB Tom Brady wasn’t all that, then consider Brady came very, very close to winning the Super Bowl this year, for the 4th time in six year, with Reche Caldwell and Jabar Gaffney as his top two receivers. I know the Pats didn’t even make the big game, but they could have easily pulled out a win in the AFC title game – and they would have creamed the Bears in the Big Game had they made it. Peyton Manning did win it, and I’m happy to give him credit, but he also could have easily lost that game to Brady’s Patriots, with Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne as his top two receivers.
Kind of puts Brady into perspective, doesn’t it?
Some may be more impressed by his impregnating (multiple) hot celebrity types, but I still can’t get over the fact that he was “this” close to winning another championship with such skank at receiver. Perhaps, when I’m over that, I’ll become catatonic once the reality of Brady’s ridiculous sex life sinks in.
Brady was always an undervalued QB, until 2006. I knew he would be overvalued last year, and I said it repeatedly in the summer. He [...]
As I hope you’ve noticed, we’ve covered the key (and some not-so-very key) free agent moves up until this point. I’ve been busy following and analyzing all of that, so I haven’t done much blogging. Things are slowing down, so I have a topic to cover here.
It’s very easy to be nothing but positive this time of the year when analyzing the free agent movement. When players go to new teams, it’s always because that need needs him, so it’s easy to be bullish. You have the change of scenery, players talking about being “excited” or “energized” by the moves, and there’s usually some encouragement caused by the unknown.
I like a lot of the moves that have been made, but there are a few that don’t do much for me. So, submitted for your digestion, is my top-10 list of the worst free agent moves so far. Some of these moves, I think, will go down as busts, while others I just can’t get particularly excited about.
Jamal Lewis to the Browns – It’s only a one-year deal, so don’t assume the Browns are out of the mix for Adrian Peterson. Teams use two backs more than ever now, and the [...]
Once again, if you’re looking for some thoughts on all the free agency activity, check our FA/Player Movement Tracker here:
I do have some other thoughts about some things that are jumping out at me – such as how the Titans will need WR Brandon Jones to step up and be a key contributor this year — but I will be posting them once the FA activity slows down next week.
Also, note that I will be posting updated keeper league rankings and comments today. These are as of all the the moves so far, including McGahee to the Ravens and Lewis to the Browns.