Free Agency Musical Chairs
With the NFL draft inching closer, some teams have found themselves in a tricky predicament. Denver, Cleveland, New York Jets all have a substantial void at the Quarterback position. On the exception of the Cleveland Browns, these teams have good rosters and they need a someone at quarterback to fulfill lofty goals set by the teams recent performance.
The best available options at QB as it stands are Roberto Griffin the 3, Colin Kaepernick, and Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Kaepernick has been on record multiple times, explaining that he wants out of the Golden Gate city. He has done all this bitching, while his new head coach Chip Kelly has stated he would like to retain the Nevada product QB. Team workouts begin April 4th, if he is not traded by then reports indicate that he will report for team workouts. He has said in the recent past that he would like to be on the Jets and Cleveland. Surprisingly the Jets don't want Kaepernick and the Cleveland Browns do not want to trade away high drafts picks since they forgot about Free Agency this year and let a lot of their young talent walk. Kaeps landing spot has to be Denver, if they wiff or pass up on the other two options. Denver should not have a problem parting ways with a second or third round pick, the reported asking price for the San Fran QB, since they have one of the best rosters in the NFL still. The Broncos need some depth players but the only real position of need is QB. The Dumbest thing Denver could do is pass up on a QB before the draft. The one thing Manning showed us last season was how good everyone else was on that roster, this team does not need the QB to be the best player. He could be the worst starting player on offense and defense, and this team would still win the Super Bowl last year. Denver should know no matter what they do the next QB will be an upgrade physically. He will have a better arm, better pocket presence, but not a better brain. Im just saying that because all three of these QBs misplace their balls in between their ears every time they put on a helmet.
Cleveland v. 2016 Free AgencY
Get it together guys. I doubt Hugh Jackson walked into no mans land and offered up a groundbreaking strategy of letting every young, talented player leave then signing absolutely nobody in free agency.
They need to do something, or they don't. If Hugh Jackson and co. just sits on his draft picks, he has 10 this year, signs team friendly contracts, he could keep his job past this season. A lot of new coaching/front office regimes in their first year sign as many big name players that ownership allows them to until they fire them after 14 games. keep young talent, sign free agents that fit their system, and draft well that is all you need to do to keep your job past year one. Staffs like the Panthers have done that successfully, others like the Bears are in the second year of their rebuild. Hugh Jackson and co. look like he is aligned with this strategy. The problem is that, we are not even at the draft yet and he has not done the first two keys to success. Whether the lack of free agency signings has to do with the lack of depth in the free agency market this season or that Cleveland is possibly one of the worst places to be, any time, situation who knows. A lot of people do. And I know that no one wants to be in Cleveland. Players would rather be on teams like the Texans and Buccaneers that be within 10 miles of the outskirts of Cleveland.
Honestly as I wrote this I changed my mind about what Cleveland should keep on doing what they are doing. None of these quarterbacks are guys that a team can build around. Ryan Fitzpatrick is like 32 or 34. Not a lot of starting QBs go late into their 30s. The only guys who have are in the HOF or will be, Fitz was never and will never be one of those guys. When you breakdown his play factoring in his stats, team offensive stats, W/L record, no playoff appearance, spotlight performance, meaningful game performance it becomes clear. Not gonna break down all that, last season was his best stat season the teams offense was basically 12th overall they went 10-6 missed the playoffs he did not play well in primetime games and Fitz really played poorly when it was Win and get in, the final game of the season against the Bills and the Jets lost to be promptly bounced from the playoff picture in 2015. Average. All that is average. At this point in the history of the NFL, the offense is only as good as your QB. Doesnt matter if you put up the best numbers of your career if you can not get it done there really is not a starting spot for him on a playoff team. With Robert Griffin the third, he doesnt have the talent of a franchise guy anymore. His whole game was based around his mobility agility and speed. Some bad knee injuries took that away from him. I hope I'm wrong and he can become a good starting QB because he was fun to watch. His rookie season was electric.
The Jets on the other hand are a little similar to Denver. They have a really good defense, and what could be a good offense. They need to get Fitz back. They need him back because he is everything that I just described. Having him allows the Jets to compete for the playoffs while they either shop or groom their "franchise" guy.
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