The Tampa Bay Bucs are the early favorites for the 2012 Dream Team award, signing high profile FAs Carl Nicks, Vincent Jackson, and Eric Wright. As our astute readers know, this award is given in the offseason and reaped in the real season. Tampa finished last in 2011 and looks primed for a repeat in 2012.
But there will be more butts in those Floridian seats than last year and more positive traffic on the fan blogs. Each of these three players left winning, high profile organizations to join a loser. Happy fat wallets, fellas. And welcome to many years of obscure irrelevancy. You can now reserve January for those winter vacations your ex-teammates will not be able to have. You can watch them toil in the playoffs from your luxury suite in Aspen. Alone, forgotten, say didn’t you used to be ….
Meanwhile, the great QB mystery lingers on into the fourth day of the FA period, as the blognopolis grows increasingly restive. Neither Peyton Manning nor Alex Smith has yet to sign a contract, their destinies intertwined by curious fate. The suspense is palpable, more or less, with less having a commanding lead.
If Manning stiffs the Cardinals and the Seahawks, as he seems likely to do, and the Cardinals cut Kevin Kolb rather than pay him a $7 million roster bonus (due Monday), can it be that Smith would reluctantly turn his eyes toward these rival franchises? And they to him? And the division balance of power be altered in the process?
Manning looks poised to pull a Brett Farve to Minnesota reenactment, by signing up with the Colts long time rivals, the Titans. I suppose the temptation of wiping the floor with Andrew Luck for a couple of years is too much to resist.
The 49ers have yet to sign a FA WR, not counting Randy Moss, who was more of a FA Unemployed Old Guy. Most of the big name pass catchers have already found new homes, but there’s still a couple bargains left. If the team is going to sign one, it will have to be today or the weekend at the latest.
As noted above, the Cardinals have a $7 million decision to make today. Another year of Kolb or another year of John Skelton. If they keep Kolb, their fans will know they are out of the Manning Sweepstakes. Not a good ticket selling moment. If they dump him, their fans will know they were idiots for signing him in the first place. It’s a lose/lose day ahead for the Valley of the Sun Now Obscured by Smog.
This FA period doesn’t seem as exciting as last year’s model. The team had a lot of holes last year and we all had a lot of doubt about the team. There was a tense anticipation in the air. This year, there are hardly any holes to fill and we all have little doubts about the team. There’s a sense of ho-hum business as usual in the air. Even Rob has lost track of some OMGs and !!!!!s.
The NFL likes to dump unpleasant news off on the Friday sports beat, where it gets the least exposure as fans everywhere are thinking more about weekend plans or just getting blind drunk than filling their office hours with football trivia, and are too hungover or busy with said weekend plans to read newspapers on Saturday morning. So it is possible that today we will learn the fate of the various dead solid guilty as hell scoundrels involved in Bountygate. The league’s embarrassment is Gregg Williams torment is a 49er fan’s amusement.