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We’re just a little over a week into the free agency period so I thought I’d drop some thoughts one what’s gone down so far.
- Peyton Manning signing with the Broncos makes no sense to me. He has repeatedly said he wishes to win more Superbowls, so why sign with the Broncos when he could have signed with the 49ers? The Niners were one win away from the Superbowl last year with Alex Smith as the quarterback. They have one of the best defenses in the league and some elite talent on offense with Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree, Mario Manningham, and Vernon Davis. They also have one of the best young coaches in the game, Jim Harbaugh. While Denver did make the playoffs last year, they did so because they are in a horrible division that includes the Chargers, Chiefs, and Raiders. They have some young talent, but they aren’t stacked like the Niners are. I don’t get it.
- Hines Ward announced his retirement yesterday. The most prolific receiver in Steelers history still wanted to play, but just couldn’t imagine donning any other uniform, and I couldn’t either. I really don’t understand why the Steelers’ couldn’t bring him back at the veteran’s minimum. Ward could have still contributed on special teams and as a third or fourth receiver and he was a locker room leader. Ward was considered by many to be a dirty player for his blindside hits (which I wasn’t necessarily a fan of either) but the man did everything that was asked of him and he did it well. He was the best blocking WR in the game and even though he wasn’t the fastest or quickest receiver he still managed to get open somehow. He also had hands like glue. If the ball was near him he would catch it. I will admit that as a Bengals fan I held a certain disdain for him, but honestly I would have loved it if he were a Bengal. Ward’s trademark smile and his penchant for crying were fun to ridicule, but to be honest I think he’s a Hall of Famer. He has two Superbowl rings (even if one was handed to the Steelers by the refs. Ben STILL hasn’t crossed the goal line), and had over 1000 career catches on a team that primarily ran the ball. He is the most complete receiver to have ever played the game, in my opinion. And he did it all without the diva-like attitude most receivers seem to develop.
- Mario Williams has a new home, which is just tad further north than his last home. The Buffalo Bills landed the most prized free agent (after Peyton Manning) in this season’s class. Williams instantly upgrades a horrible pass rush and adds legitimacy to a rather mediocre defense.
- The signing of Peyton Manning in Denver has clouded the future of Tim Tebow. Many expect him to be traded. I look for him to land in Jacksonville. It will boost ticket sales and old owner Wayne Weaver and new owner Shad Khan have both lamented not being able to draft Tebow when they had the opportunity.
- Peyton Manning will don number 18 for the Broncos, which had been retired. Peyton says he was encouraged by Frank Tripucka to wear his retired number. Look, this is just like when Jerry Rice wore Steve Largeant’s number 80 in Seattle. It doesn’t matter if the old player says it’s okay. You just don’t do it. If a number’s retired it should stay retired. Shame on Manning for “accepting” this number. He could have worn his college number 16 instead.
- Mike Tolbert decided to sign with the Panthers even though the Chargers’ offer averaged $1 million more per year. He grew up in Georgia and attended Coastal Carolina and wanted to work closer to home. It’s nice to see that not all players are all about the money.
- The Texans traded former Pro-Bowl linebacker DeMeco Ryans to the Eagles for a 4th round pick and a swap of their 3rd round picks. Apparently the Texans didn’t think he was earning the lucrative contract they had given him, but really? They’ve lost Mario Williams, DeMeco Ryans, and Eric Winston. They are still the best team in their division, but I just don’t get why they’d let all those players walk.
- The Chicago Bears traded for Dolphins’ receiver Brandon Marshall, then found out he had allegedly punched a woman in a night club only a couple of days prior to the trade. Marshall has been in trouble before and could be suspended. The Bears said they knew about the incident before the trade. If so, that makes them dumb. Marshall is a great receiver but he’s an idiot off the field. I sincerely hope he does get suspended.
- The NFL needs to hurry up and decide what the punishment is going to be for all of those involved in Bounty-gate. Many of those players (and coaches) are on other teams now and need to know if they should make alternate plans for the coming season. Those teams should not be punished for what the Saints did.