Should teams go after Braylon or Boldin and more mailbag questions
Do you swing a trade for
Edwards has more upside due to his tremendous big-play potential and deep threat speed. He can go up in the air and come down with the reception, but he also has a propensity to drop passes at inopportune times and his passion for the sport has been questioned. Color him the boom or bust tech stock, current economic environment notwithstanding.
Boldin, on the other hand, is known for his physical style of play. His toughness is unquestioned after he returned so quickly last season from the devastating blow he took from Jets safety
Boldin has the warrior mentality that any coach would love to bring into his locker room and is thought to have less of a sense of entitlement than Edwards. Boldin is Diva Light compared to Edwards and isn't expected to have any issues going forward as long as he gets a market deal in his new home. Consider Boldin the bond guaranteed to generate a decent rate of return until his maturity date.
The argument can be made that Edwards is more attractive because of his age (he is 26; Boldin will turn 29 during the season) and the fact he is a true number one receiver who dictates coverage. He averaged 15.9 yards per catch last season, while Boldin averaged 11.7. Their career averages are 15.6 AND 12.9, respectively. What people tend to forget is the production Boldin had in his one season with Arizona before the Cardinals drafted
The asking price for both players is at least first- and third-round picks. Both are hungry for new contracts in the neighborhood of $10 million a year, so the monetary component is likewise similar. For my money, I'd go after Boldin, but I am conservative by nature. Ultimately, it's going to come down to the level of risk tolerance within an organization. Stay tuned.
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I don't think so, Arnauld. Though there have been unsubstantiated internet rumors regarding
I put very little stock in awards and honors because they really don't mean much, just like how some of the guys voted to the Pro Bowl are undeserving. Recognition in the NCAA has more to do with a college's sports information department than the player's production. The one thing that never lies is the game and practice tape, and if Eslinger, or anyone else for that matter, shows they can get the job done at the NFL level, meaningful snaps should follow.
I got a tremendous amount of e-mail from Vikings fans reacting to last week's mailbag topper regarding Matt Birk and it was split almost exactly down the middle.
We can debate Birk's performance on the field and whether or not he is a descending player all you want --and we will likely find out soon enough if Sullivan is up for the challenge, as he very well may be. But you can't dispute my research on that story as it is impeccable, and I'll just leave it at that.
I said that the list was comprised of players who either had broken the law or had been divisive influences in the locker room and T.O. is clearly the latter. I could make a very strong argument that T.O. and his antics in the locker room and on the field are much more harmful to an organization and a team from a competitive standpoint than a guy getting busted for an incident off the field.
Sure, a legal transgression can be harmful for that individual, can create bad publicity for the team, and includes the possibility for a suspension, especially if it is not the first offense. But it doesn't really affect the rest of the team like a guy publicly and privately calling out teammates and coaches while practically demanding the game plan be altered to placate his desire for the football.
I certainly hope so, Brad. Jason is a good quarterback, a fine person and is very highly regarded by all of his teammates. He has had a rough offseason with the Cutler and Leftwich talks, but he has handled it like a true professional. Being in the same offensive system again, as you mentioned, should help.
That said, this is a make or break year for him. He has to get the job done this season or it'll be his last in Washington. If the Redskins draft USC quarterback