Discussion in 'The National Football League' started by srrono, Mar 13, 2014.
At the same time, when you see the teams who are winning address their needs; Patriots, Broncos, Seahawks, 49ers, even the Colts... it makes you wonder.
I think a lot depends on where you are as a team. The Broncos are in a win in the next 2 years mode and have clear targets. The Patriots jumped in to get someone to replace Talib, but they normally wait until later to make a splash. The Seahawks won the Super Bowl last season after making a few 2nd wave signings, but they didn't go all in on the first day. The 49ers haven't made huge signings over the past 2 seasons.
The teams that made the biggest noise last year were the Colts, the Dolphins, and the Eagles. 2 of them made the playoffs, but none of the free agent acquisitions could be directly linked to that. The Colts were already a playoff team with very good QB.
The year before the Bills made the most noise, yet they are still the one team that hasn't been in the playoffs since the Texans have been in the league.
If you are one player or a couple of specific positions to upgrade away from being a SB contender I say go after that guy. Even without Revis, Ware, Talib, and Ward the Patriots and the Broncos are the top 2 teams in the AFC. Nobody else is in the picture. The Texans can get back in the playoffs this season with a few small changes, but without a QB in the Brady, Manning, Rodgers level they aren't a Super Bowl contender. They could draft one that might get there in a couple of years, but none are there yet.
Build smart and in 2 years when the team is a player away from jumping to that level then go after a Revis type of player. Besides, does anyone think those guys are coming here right now for the same money?
The teams that consistently spend big in FA are consistently at the bottom of the league standings.
Use FA to patch holes, not to bring in the meat of your team. If you can wait out the initial onslaught you will get more for your money.
Teams with QB already SOLIDIFIED. And SEA got Bennett back on a discount, lost Tate.
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