Well, they did it. The stupid bastards did it. Al's been released. I've already pointed out how fucking stupid and short-sided this is. The bottom line is you can't just discard maybe the greatest LB in team history, I don't give a shit what his cap hit is. I know it's a business and everything, but this just fuckin' sucks.
Yeah, Al has some neck problems, but I don't see the most overrated player on the team who suffered an even worse neck injury (John Lynch) getting released.
Yeah, Al's had thumb injuries for years, but that cant be any serious concern, can it? He doesn't carry the ball.
Yeah, Al has had some problems wrapping up ball carriers the last couple of years, but he was still the teams leading tackler last year.
Al's leadership on the field and in the locker room are above reproach. He's a class guy all around. His skills haven't diminished in any significant way. I just don't understand why you wouldn't hold onto a guy like this in a death-grip for as long as you could.
So anyway, thanks Al. Thanks for your hustle, your hard work, your tenacity, your intelligence, your leadership, your speed and your devastating hits. There's a GIANT hole to fill now.