OUT: John Lynch, S
So, I guess it's over. After a couple of pretty good seasons and a couple of pretty lousy ones for a guy like John Lynch, it's finally over.
Is he going to retire? I really hope so, if only because the only other team he's likely to play for is his hometown Chargers. You don't want John Lynch in a vendetta kind of mood when he's roaming the middle of the field. He might actually kill Brandon Stokley on a square-in. Well, in his prime he would have.
I know I come off as a Lynch hater, but that's not true. I loved the guy. He's one of the best safeties I've ever seen. A monster.
It might be blasphemous, but I'd even go so far as to say that Lynch in his prime was better than Atwater in his. Crazy? I don't think so.
This offseason, the coach came to his senses and upgraded the depth at the position with McCree and Manual, Hamza came up big and has looked good in camp so far, and hell, Fox can play safety I guess. All of a sudden, John Lynch is only in to play up in the box on first and second down. A place where he's so crazily overrated it spins my head around for how much praise he got there.
So, he's not happy with being taken out of all nickle and dime packages because he's as slow as a 36 year old white guy and he wants out. It's hard to blame the guy when the owner of the franchise begged him to come back for another year, but hey, it's a business.
You appreciate everything he's done. He's clearly one of the best overall people in the league as far as leadership and charity and all that good junk. He's going to be one of the better TV talking heads at some point. Hell, he could start tomorrow and be better than 90% of them.
It's too bad it's gotta end kind of ugly like this, but tell it to Al Wilson on the way out.