Lucky for all of us, the offseason is finally almost over. I found myself looking over the league’s transaction log a couple days ago, and I kept being reminded of some of the really dumb looking moves that teams made this offseason. While some of these may turn out to be not as bad as they seem, they are all genuinely awful. So for your amusement, I give you my top 10 most questionable moves of the NFL offseason.
10) The stupidity that is the bounty scandal
While the bounty scandal probably doesn’t count as an offseason move for any one team, it does count because I said so, and because no list of stupid things that the NFL did this offseason should be without it. I don’t even need to get into any of the specifics here. If you’d heard anything at all about it up to this point, then you know enough to realize just how stupid the whole thing is.
9) Randy Moss to the 49ers
The 49ers needed receivers, so they went out and signed a player who’s last productive season was in 2009. Moss was once one of the greatest receivers in the history of the game, but those days are long past. The 49ers now need Moss to be something he no longer is, a dynamic playmaker. At least they didn’t break the bank to do it.
8) Saints dragging out the negotiations with Drew Brees
I expect this deal to get done, but this never shouldn’t have taken this long. You now have a franchise, and the face of that franchise at odd with each other and extremely unhappy. How is this good for the team exactly?
Granted, Brees will likely soon have 150+mil reasons to get over his unhappiness with the team, but think about the precedent that’s set here. It was likely pulling teeth to get the team to take care of it’s best player. I just can’t see how this was a good idea.
7) Denver’s huge contract for Peyton Manning
Don’t get me wrong, I wanted Manning in a Seattle uniform. I think he’ll be fully recovered from his neck injuries and ready to go for week 1. But there’s a difference between offering him a big contract to come lead your team, and offering him THAT contract.
The Broncos essentially wrote Manning a blank check, making him one of the highest paid players in the history of the sport. And this is for a player hasn’t played in a year, has legitimate durability issues now, and is old enough that his skills should have begun declining even if he was healthy.
6) Mario Williams getting a truck load of cash from the Bills
Williams is one of the league’s premier players at his position, but taking the extra cash to go from a legitimate Super Bowl contender to a perennial bottom feeder is always a questionable choice.
On top of that, I’ve always got the feeling that Williams was one of those players who’s motivation comes partly from his desire for a bigger paycheck. Now that he’s got that paycheck, there’s reasons to worry that he wont be nearly as productive for his new team.
5) No one signing RB Ryan Grant
I get that Grant isn’t a perfect RB. He does have an injury history, and he’s not a great blocker receiver which means he wont play much on third down, but he’s still one of the best runners in the NFL. He’s got the combination of power, speed, and elusiveness that give him the potential to carry an offense.
With his injury history and age, I can see why no team would be willing to break the bank to sign him, but the fact that he can’t even seem to get a modest 1 year contract is downright crazy.
4) The Dolphins giving away Brandon Marshall for next to nothing
Marshall is one of the best receivers in NFL. There is simply no way to argue that the sentence before this one is a fact. The Dolphins traded him for 2 third round draft picks, a paltry sum for such a good player. It wasn’t too many years ago when the Seahawks traded Joey Galloway, a lesser player compared to Marshall, away for 2 first round picks. When you consider it that way, you’ll see just how little the Dolphins received for Marshall.
3) The Giants releasing Jake Ballard
Jake Ballard had become a solid target for Eli Manning. The TE had improved to the point that he was one of the key contributors on the team’s run to the Championship. Then he suffered a major injury, and he was likely to start the season on PUP list, so the Giants tried to slip him through wavers to open up a roster spot. The Patriot snagged him, leaving the Giants with nothing. It’s like the Giants didn’t think anyone would notice, which is pretty stupid if you think about it.
2) Tampa giving the Seahawks Kellen Winslow for absolutely nothing.
As bad as the Brandon Marshall trade was, this one was even worse. The Seahawks gave up only a 7th round pick for one of the league’s premier receivers at the TE position. Regardless of what you think about Winslow’s attitude off the field, giving up such a talented player for nothing just doesn’t make any sense.
1) Jets trading for Tim Tebow
The entire idea of using a roster spot for a QB who can’t throw the ball is a mind boggling proposition. But to give up draft picks for the right to waste a roster spot on that type of player? really? not to mention the circus he brings with him, and to a team at already has more circus than they can handle, the entire thing just seems like one of the worst ideas in the history of football.
All this week, Fansided NFL has been announcing our awards for the 2011 season. We’ve finally gotten to biggest award of all, the MVP award. This year, it goes to Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rogers. For the official announcement, and the story as to why he was chosen , check out NFL Spin Zone.
The voting was fairly close. Roger just beat out Saints QB Drew Brees for the honors. Brees took home the Offensive Player of the Year award in a similarly close vote.
The most interesting player to get votes this year was Peyton Manning, who proved his value by not playing a single snap. Without Manning, the Colts dropped all the way to 2-14.
The only Seahawk to receive a vote did so on my ballot. Marshawn Lynch was given my 5th place vote for his contribution to the Seahawks. Lynch’s stats were good, but not great, thought I don’t think there was a single player more valuable to the Seahawks in 2011 than Lynch.
The rest of my ballot looked like this:
- Drew Brees
- Aaron Rogers
- Tom Brady
- Calvin Johnson
- Marshawn Lynch
Break a decades-old record for the most passing yards in an NFL season and you’re probably going to bring home a large number of awards, and Drew Brees can count this among them. The official announcement is on the visit site to read more]
Nobody in the media gave them a chance. The phrase, “they don’t deserve to be here,” was the dagger of choice for media and fans alike. I expect this from the media, but the fans? Really? Can we finally stop talking about the draft pick? Hawkman?
They won. And guess what? Most of the major media sources give credit to… the Saints for not showing up.
This is absolutely ridiculous. The Hawks put up 41 points on the 4th ranked defense in the NFL. Matt Hasselbeck destroyed the defense with his arm and Marshawn Lynch destroyed them with his legs.
I could not be happier for Hasselbeck right now. He is one of the greatest most tenured Seahawks of all time whose star looked to be fading. Many fans had given up on him thinking that he had lost his magic (I already apologized). However, yesterday he proved to have some left in the tank. Just enough for one more run with the team he has earned the right to lead. Well done old friend. That was a performance for the ages. One that has hopefully solidified Matt’s Ring of Honor status and his place in Seahawks lore.
Now “The run.” What are we going to call this? It deserves a name. Was this the greatest play in Seahawks history? It has to be the greatest running play. I have never seen a runner break 8 tackles and defy a defense so badly. I like to picture Jim Brown and Barry Sanders watching that play together saying to each other, “Now that’s how we used to take care of business.” Thank you Marshawn for the greatest run in Seahawks history and for putting the nail in the coffin of the Super Bowl Champions.
Congratulations to everyone who still believed in this team. It’s hard being a Seahawk fan, and the media doesn’t make it any easier. Neither do the fair weather fans. You know who you are. Feel good this week as your team defied the universe to win this game. Your team is an up and coming franchise with a white hot coach and more momentum than any team in the NFL right now. GO HAWKS!
Hasselbeck quieted his critics for the second week in a row throwing for more than 360 yards with a qb rating of 104.9. Mike Williams looked great until suffering an injury. Williams still finished with 6 catches totaling over a hundred yards. Obomanu continued to impress collecting 87 yards and 1 td. Obomanu made a great leaping catch that demonstrates just how truly far this seventh round draft choice has come.
Unfortunately absent was the running game… again. Marshawn Lynch looked to come on strong early, but fell victim to 2 dropped passes, one of which may have been big, and worst of all 2 fumbles. This was hard to take. Especially when one capped a 9 play drive.
The Defense was hard to take. The Saints went 11-15 on 3rd down. Most of which seemed like they were right up the middle. It should be noted that Trufant went down early with a head injury. His replacement W. Thurmond III got burned more times than there are guys he’s been named after. Although, sometimes Thurmond has been known to make really amazing plays, you are first defined by the number of mistakes you make. Nobody notices the great plays until you eliminate the bad ones.
Chris Ivory seemed to have his way with the Seahawks early in the game. He looked like a glacier at times, slowly churning the defense only to pop out and gain another 5-15 yards. I believe it was stated that Ivory was leading all rookie running backs and was an undrafted free agent. Had he dropped the ball twice in the game, I might have compared his style to Lynch’s.
Don’t get too discouraged. Remember how young this team really is and how much roster change has taken place. The offense looked absolutely amazing at times. Cranking out one big play after another. Although penalties, turnovers, and an inability to finish drives in the endzone still haunt the Seahawks offense, they look to be getting better. Players look more confident in their understanding of the offense and ability to make plays.
The Seahawks didn’t look terrible today. Well, the defense looked pretty bad. But remember, the Saints have one of the most high octane offenses in the NFL. Brees is a HOF, record setting machine. It is what it is. However, had the Seahawks been able to finish off drives in the endzone and perhaps avoid a few penalties, this would have been a different game.
Pete Carroll still has a ways to go, but the effect of his presence is beginning to take hold of this team and fans across the North West. He is starting to shake the dust off a team who has been in a downward spiral since the announcement of Mike Holmgren’s replacement by he who shall not be named. It seems to me that Pete has a recipe people are starting to believe in. His ingredients are starting to simmer and show signs of improvement. I don’t think the Saints game was a s terrible as the score might seem. There were some really great moments in this game. Which ones jump out at you?
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