Originally posted by Carney16:
Originally posted by dj43:
Originally posted by excelsior:
Think about it: the amount of money it will take to sign this jerk would so much be better spent next year on a couple of GREAT free agents. Forget this guy. His crazy holdout is the equivlent of discovering that his forty time is really 4.75. He is flawed, he is poison. Count this a a blessing - he has revealed his destructive character to us.
There are no GREAT free agents. Teams do not let GREAT players go in free agency. You might pick up a formerly very good player who is over the hill but he is no longer GREAT. Of course that guy maybe better than your guy but he is going to run your salary cap numbers right up to the peg. That is what happened to the 49ers in the late '90s.
He is not a GREAT player. He is a very good player who had two good years in a system with other players around him who fit in well.
The point is, you will ALWAYS pay maximum market rate for a FA who frequently does not performance on a par with the very best players around the league who play the same position.
Does anybody think Seattle got a good value for their money with Julian Peterson? I certainly don't. In fact, he was such a disappointment up there they let him leave with little effort.
Look at Nate Clements. Has he played like the best cornerback in the league since he came here?
My point wasn't that you couldn't get a decent player through FA. Rather it was that you wind up paying top dollar for a guy who is not the best at his position. And "no," one exception every two or three years does not disprove the point. It only means that the risks are so high that it is not worth it to anyone whose last name is not Snyder or Davis.
[ Edited by dj43 on Sep 8, 2009 at 11:11:44 ]