Friday, February 27, 2009
Pretty productive first day of the administrative NFL season for the Donks. They signed a half-dozen free agents, most of the Eagle or Patriot variety. Four of them are good signings, one of them is questionable and the last kind of idiotic. Let's see what we've got:
IN: Brian Dawkins, S. Dawk has been one of the best safeties in the league for the last dozen years. He's pretty old (35) and he's missed time the last couple of years, but this is a big-time signing. He'll make the secondary better just by being around.
IN: J.J. Arrington, RB. Former first round pick, lightning fast and just entering his prime. My choice to start the season as RB1.
IN: Correll Buckhalter, RB. Solid and unspectacular. Gives us great depth at the position and may bump Selvin Young down to 3rd string or out the door if the Pain Train develops well.
IN: Renoldo Hill, S. In one day, Denver signed the best safeties they've had since the halcyon days of Atwater-Smith.
IN: Jabar Gaffney, WR. Do we need wideouts? No, of course not. I know Stoke is getting old and everything, but he's not that old. Should one really go out and spend a bunch of money on a guy that will top out at 4th on the depth chart?
IN: Lonnie Paxton, C. He was the Patriots long-snapper and we gave him a 5 year, $5.3M deal, making him the second highest paid long-snapper in the league. What makes this signing idiotic is that we already have an excellent long-snapper on the roster and we pay him a fraction of what Paxton now makes. Plus, Leach has been the teams special teams MVP over the last three years. I know Sugar Smacks wants to bring in guys he's comfortable with, but this is such a pointless, homer signing. I don't get it at all.
Overall though, it was a pretty good day. We made trememdous upgrades in the secondary and at running back. Hopefully, we do as good with the D-Line and LB's as we did today.