Free Agency Lunacy

The Redskins must operate in a different reality than the rest of us. Most people would look at their recent history – a dizzying number of high priced free agents have produced nothing but heartache – and learn from it. Not Daniel Snyder and company. Free agency had only just begun when the Redskins spent the first $154 million. $154 million! They signed Albert Haynesworth to a $100 million deal that could be worth as much as $115 million if he performs well over the course of the deal. The chances are almost none that it will play out over the whole contract, but what is particularly ridiculous about this deal is the amount of guaranteed cash – $41 million, the highest amount ever given. He’s a very good player, and he should perform well, but that is silly money. As if that wasn’t insane enough, Washington also gave DeAngelo Hall a six year, $54 million deal with $22.5 million in guaranteed cash. This is ridiculous. The guy was given a seven year, $70 million deal with the Raiders just last year that had $24 million guaranteed, and he lasted eight games before getting run out of town. It’s make precisely no sense to reward him with another chunk of cash. The Skins won’t win a Super Bowl until Daniel Snyder sells.

Kerry Collins has a two year deal to stay with the Titans – $15 million, with $8.5 million guaranteed. I’m not sure this makes much sense. I’ll admit up front that I don’t have a lot of faith in Collins, and that I don’t see him as a whole lot more than a capable custodian. With that in mind, I don’t understand this deal. Collins is 36. He’s not the future. They theoretically have their future already on the sidelines, but this deal throws a wrench in an already fragile situation. I don’t see this one ending well at all.

Amid the chaos there is a deal I like. Baltimore linebacker Bart Scott has gone to the Jets for six years and $48 million. There, he will be reunited with his former defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, now head coach. Scott thrived under Ryan, and he will make it much easier for Ryan to impose his message and vision upon his new team. Good deal for both sides, and a big whole for the Ravens.

I was surprised to see Kellen Winslow get traded to the Bucs for a couple of draft picks. It’s hard to evaluate this deal because those picks were undisclosed, but it is certainly a bold move for the Browns either way. EricMangini definitely being hesitant about leaving his own imprint on this team. If I was a Browns fan I wouldn’t love it that a reasonably unproven madman is running seemingly free with my team.

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