NFL teams should take one-year runs at unemployed vets; mailbag
Is there any other professional sport that discards players as briskly and unceremoniously as the NFL? Longtime stars go from heroes to zeros in the blink of an eye. I mean, how is it possible that guys like
I know those players and many others, like
To be fair, a decent amount of these 30-something's likely would be on a roster if they were willing to play for the league minimum or in a reduced role. But I think teams are missing the boat on some of these guys; they could provide more value than realized. Yes, they are older and there are some inherent injury and production risks that go along with that. I also know many teams prefer to try to find a younger, cheaper, healthier player.
But the NFL has become a one-year league for the most part because 2010 isn't really promised to anyone at this point. And you can't tell me that some of these players can't gut it out and get the job done for one more season. If you don't believe me, maybe you'll believe
The Patriots have brought in guys like
Let me dig in to your mail and tweets, keep them coming ...
I am not sure I will ever get around to writing a specific mea culpa article with so much else going on at that point of the year, but you will all know that I was wrong and I will have to talk about it virtually every day on Sirius NFL Radio. As for your second question, I appreciate the compliment but highly doubt my columns or opinions carry enough weight to make the Favre situation any worse. Or better for that matter.
I really feel as if the Vikings are going "all-in" with this move; I respect it but don't agree. To me, anything less than an NFC championship game appearance is an abject failure for this team now. If the Vikings win one playoff game or even two, was this move really worth it? I would say no.
Thanks so much for your service and question Mike. Your point, in essence, is one of the biggest reasons I don't like this move, especially now, and especially after Favre said just three weeks ago that he felt beat down physically and didn't feel like he could play this season. I don't think the Vikings are a one-and-done team. All of their best players, like
Actually, the Buccaneers and Cowboys completely falling apart down the stretch is the main reason the Eagles made the playoffs last year. The Eagles hadn't exactly held up their end of the bargain by laying an egg at Washington. But they certainly made the most of it once they got there and looked great against both the Vikings and the Giants. If McNabb needs to get benched to play well, then the Eagles have bigger problems than the signing of
Yes, by all accounts it appears as if McNabb is totally on board with this move. My question would be why? Let's assume that it is all about the team and winning and give McNabb the benefit of the doubt. At that point I would be concerned that McNabb thinks the best way for the Eagles to win games is to take the ball out of his hands. Can you imagine
It looks like the Buccaneers are leaning towards
I don't know and really can't imagine. Guys that have played for several teams, with the Raiders being one of them, tell me it is truly unique and different from any other franchise. I had always thought it would be a cool experience with the Black Hole, Silver & Black and the Raider mystique, but there has clearly been a lot of dysfunction in Oakland recently, with the