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11 Mar 2014

When It Comes to Free Agency, Patience Key Part of Process

Hey, remember last year when Cleveland, Miami, and Tennessee totally won the first few days of free agency? That was fun.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 11 Mar 2014

5 comments, Last at 12 Mar 2014, 7:54pm by Noah Arkadia


by PeterJMoss :: Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:54pm

Did anyone really think the Dolphins 'won' free agency after they signed Mike Wallace? Or that the Vikings 'won' after signing Greg Jennings? I don't think anyone made that point.

Seems like a made-up argument.

Here's an article calling all of these teams losers of free agency - http://walterfootball.com/freeagents2013winnerslosers.php

by Sifter :: Tue, 03/11/2014 - 4:02pm

Can't find the old free agency thread easily on here...but I think a lot of people were skeptical of the Wallace signing and dumping 2 good, but old linebackers in Dansby and Burnett for 2 expensive linebackers in Wheeler and Ellerbe...yet I do recall there being some defenders of the Miami moves, even advocates of those moves. So yeah, it might be a stretched argument to say that MOST people thought they won free agency, but there still definitely would have been a few people out there who thought that way.

by Noah Arkadia :: Wed, 03/12/2014 - 7:54pm

I'd still defend the Wallace signing. He was open deep often enough, but he and Tanny just couldn't connect for various reasons. A better line and better timing should be a big help this year.

In fact, the Albert signing is comparable this year. Are you overpaying? Yes, but it makes too much sense not to happen.

The man with no sig

by bhauck :: Tue, 03/11/2014 - 5:29pm

I'm obsessively (not really) tracking every signing just hoping the Lions aren't involved. Got scared when I saw they signed Ogletree, but that doesn't look like a big deal.

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Wed, 03/12/2014 - 3:50pm

Whatever Martin Mayhew's shortcomings as a day 2 drafter, one thing he's gotten right, IMO, is free agency. He has always avoided jumping into the market too early, and being forced to pay guys way above their value (of course part of that is the cap stranglehold that the pre-CBA 1st rounders have him in). He also has no hesitation letting his own decent/good players walk if they ask too much and a cheaper player who can replace the lost production is available.