Monday, February 25, 2008
There's a chance Jason Elam will be kicking for someone else next season.
I'm on the fence about it. Yeah, he's been around forever and he's a team guy, yadda yadda yadda, but he's not the same kicker he was five years ago. He's a crap-shot on anything outside 40, and we don't even try anything over 50 anymore.
Yeah, he made a clutch kick in week one and only missed four kicks all year, but this team has only tried three field goals over 50 yards in the last two years. Can we all agree that kickers should be automatic on everything inside 40 (allowing for a block or a shank two or three times a season)? Ok, then I don't see the point of paying Elam four or five times what we'd pay Prater or someone else when all you're getting is a guy that pretty much maxes out at 45 and is too old to kick-off.
If it turns out that Prater or whoever sucks, we fix it...at a reasonable price. There's always a Grammatica or two lying around, right? Hell, what ever happened to all of those Zendejas boys? Did that blood line die out?
I think they're going to re-sign him though. We can all look forward to going for it on fourth and four from the 35 about ten more times next year.