Moves in All the Wrong Places
I would find it very hard to imagine a more talented Free Agent class than the one we have here in 2012. With the likes of Peyton Manning, defensive stud Mario Williams, and a handful of some of the best wideouts that the NFL has to offer, there is a complete frenzy to get players signed and ready for next season. Peyton Manning can very well be the most coveted Free Agent in NFL history. Jeff Darlington of the NFL Network reported that Thursday morning Peyton contacted the Miami Dolphins, the supposed front runners to get him, telling them that he was not going to play for them. This leaves Miami looking at their second Quarterback option, the very talented backup to Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn. As for Peyton, there are only three teams left that he is giving consideration to for his future destination. The front runner seems to be the Denver Broncos where “Tebowmania” took over last season. The Tennessee Titans also have a good chance to have Peyton sign with them since he has a close relationship with the state being a former Quarterback Heisman Trophy winner for the University of Tennessee. The final team in the running are the Arizona Cardinals, but with Kevin Kolb owed money and Peyton not ready to make a decision at this time, the idea of him going to Arizona is becoming slimmer. Arizona does have one great main attraction though in Larry Fitzgerald, so we will all wait in anticipation to see where Peyton goes.
To me, the next best Free Agent of the offseason would be former first pick of the draft, Mario Williams. Being a Jets, I was very disappointed to hear that he had signed to one of my AFC East rivals, the Buffalo Bills. It makes sense that the Bills would target arguably the best pass rusher in the NFL, based on the fact that they had absolutely no pass rush last season. The question still remains wether or not the Bills paid too much or invested too much in a player that has proven to be injury-prone throughout his career. The forever disappointing Buffalo Bills have signed Mario Williams for 6 years, $100 million dollar contract with $50 million guaranteed. If Williams stays healthy, this can end up being a great signing for the lowly Bills. I hope he doesn’t…sorry Bills fans!
It seems like every other Free Agent this season is a Wide Receiver. With names like Mike Wallace, Vincent Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Reggie Wayne, Robert Meachem, Eddie Royal, Laurent Robinson, Dwayne Bowe, Wes Welker and DeSean Jackson it very hard to pick a #1 Free Agent Wideout. A handful of the names I have just mentioned have already been signed in the past week but tons more are still waiting for the right fit. The young and acrobatic, Jerome Simpson, the “oops I shot myself” Plaxico Burress and the Salsa dancing Hines Ward are all available and possible choices for a team to turn an average receiving core into a prolific one. The best available WR at the end of the season in my eyes was Marques Colston. He ended up re-signing with the Saints, but who wouldn’t if you had Drew Brees throwing strikes to you all day.
As a Jets fan, I would love it if they didn’t go for headlines and looked for heart and skill. Maybe we should look at old Jets players that were good fits for us and didn’t cause problems that are now available again (i.e. Jerricho Cotchery).
Let us know who you think needs to make changes to their team and who might be a good fit for your team. Also, feel free to let us know what you think of the signings and changes already made this season. Feel free to DEBATE!!!