Tuesday, March 3, 2009

It reeks of desperation

The Tennessee Titans really haven't had a decent receiver since Derrick Mason departed, but does that justify their decision to spend $27 million, including $9 million guaranteed, to sign Steelers free agent Nate Washington to a six-year deal? Washington says he's "ready for that responsibility to step in and be a No. 1-type receiver." Is he really? Washington caught 40 balls last season for 631 yards and three touchdowns. He's proven to be a pretty fair deep threat, but he often displays hands of stone. He's also benefited by playing against defenses that were paying a lot more attention to Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes and Heath Miller. What happens when Washington has to play every week against the opponent's top cornerback? NFL history is filled with teams that overpaid for players who were on Super Bowl-winning teams. Perhaps the worst signing belonged to the Oakland Raiders, who lavished $12.5 million on defensive back Larry Brown after he picked off two passes against the Steelers in Super Bowl XXX. That ended up being one more interception than he had in the next two seasons with the Raiders, and he was never heard from again. The fact that the Steelers made no effort to retain Washington's services suggests that they're pretty sure they can live without him. It's Tennessee that might have to live with spending at least $9 million on a guy who might never be better than a third receiver.



Blogger Ellipses said...

Good for Nate!

Now, let's just hope that Sweed has a breakout year... Remember, Troy was a "bust" in his first go-round.

March 4, 2009 at 3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone noticed that the Washington Redskins and New York Jets have thrown hundreds of millions of dollars in the free agent market only to have their season end after 16 games. Still, they are helping the economy.

March 4, 2009 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger Brant said...

When the Redskins threw all that money at Randle El, I thought, "What idiots." And yet they never learn.

March 4, 2009 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger Mike Jones said...

This is why the Steelers continue to win. They don't blow money on mediocre talent ... not counting Ken Graham or Duce Staley.

March 5, 2009 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger Ellipses said...

They also tend to groom cohesive teams that are greater than the sum of their parts (which other teams spend millions after-the-fact to find out)... Roethlisberger is special, no doubt... but look at some of our other superstars...

Hines Ward- great receiver... consistent... definitely a superstar. However, he is NOT a Randy Moss or a T.O. You can't just inject Ward into an offense and expect him to carry the team.

Santonio Holmes- proving to be a great receiver... he's a big play guy... If you plunked him on the flank in Detroit, would he put up the same kind of numbers? Probably not.

Heath Miller- consistent, hard-nosed tight end... but his "goodness" is only as deep as the double coverage on the aforementioned receivers...

Individually, these guys are good players... but they aren't make or break propositions. Together, they are a complimentary machine... a hand-forged cam-shaft from Modena isn't going to go 0-60 in 3.5 seconds unless all those other ferrari parts are working together in the proper proportions.

Sure, you have a couple of freaks (Woodley, Harrison, Ben)... and you pay to hold onto them... but it's amazing how some teams think you can buy the leftover quarter panels (Washington) for WAY too much money and it's gonna make their honda scoot...

March 5, 2009 at 1:10 PM  

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