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Free Agency Follies

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Free agency has opened in the NFL, but someone forgot to tell my New York teams.

The Giants have resigned Aaron Ross, a cornerback they drafted a few years back, then lost in last year's free agency. Otherwise they seem to be asleep. They just lost Kenny Phillips, their starting safety. Phillips has been hurt a lot, and last year his replacement Stevie Brown outplayed him, but when he was healthy he was staunch against the run. The G-Men have also have Osi on the free agent market, though so far no one has signed him, so maybe he will be back.

The Jets... don't get me started about the Jets. So far they have lost their starting RB, their best TE, a solid part of the defensive line rotation, both starting safeties. And rumors persist that they are about to trade Darrelle Revis, their best player. The Jets finished 6-10 last year, fired their GM, and brought in a new one. They kept Rex Ryan, which I think was good... Rex has only had one bad season in his four with Gang Green, and has proved himself to be a good coach... but this new GM seems to be setting him up to fail. The Jets were 6-10 last year, but instead of improving, it appears they are aiming for the number one overall draft choice in 2014. You can't win games without players. If the Jets crash and burn next year, Rex will get the blame, but Vince Lombardi could return from the dead and he still wouldn't win a game with the roster the new management is handing Ryan.

Pfui, I say.

Oh, and the Patriots... what a vile thing is Evil Little Bill. The way he treated Wes Welker is disgraceful. Man has absolutely no loyalty to anyone. Watch and see, when Tom Brady's talents start to fade -- and they will, it happens to all of them -- Evil Little Bill will ship him out as well.

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truffle_shuffle
Mar. 16th, 2013 12:10 am (UTC)
Hey, it's not just Belichick that makes those decisions. The Welker deal was all about money, and Kraft not wanting to give it to him. They've been dicking him around for years, completely taking advantage of him money-wise, yet totally appreciating what he gets done on the field for him. Losing him is going to hurt them a ton, so I hope that $2Mil contract difference was worth it to them - especially after Brady took a cut so that they'd have more money, ideally to keep Welker. I know you hate the Pats - massively so, clearly - but let's not blame all of this on the coach. I think Mr. Kraft is far more to blame.

And this is all coming from a die-hard, and heartbroken, Patriots fan. Welker is my favorite guy to watch play, and now I'm going to have to watch the Broncos. Ugh.
seattleforge
Mar. 16th, 2013 07:18 am (UTC)
Amendola is on the ascend and Welker is on his way down. It's a smart, but not emotional, move.
Roger Christie
Mar. 17th, 2013 04:17 am (UTC)
Exactly. Anyone thing this was about the 2 million is nuts. They had a value they set on Welker, an aging player who's performance has begun to decline and they weren't going to move off it. And, as it turned out, their valuation of him wasn't too far off how the rest of the league seems to value him. Turns out his 2/12mil deal isn't fully guarenteed after all, only the first year. They waited up until free agency opened, and then they moved on to make sure they got the younger player they wanted.

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