Me gusto college basketball, and I like NBA playoffs. Live baseball, majors & minors, is great. But my one true love is football played at its absolute highest level: the NFL.
The varnish isn't dry yet on the memorial plaques of the Colts, but we are already into the 2007 NFL Season. I'm not talking about the draft. In this age, crafting a quality football team isn't just about quality scouting, evaluating and coaching. It's also clever financing. The start of NFL free agency has been dropping jaws ever since Reggie White went to Green Bay (everyone said "He went to fucking Green Bay? Good luck spending your money in family style-restaurants, boner." Then he won the Superbowl. Then he was dead at 43).
The salary cap, some poisonous draught of necessary evil, is a nearly unbreakable hymen designed to keep big-market ultra-mega-omni rich owners from spending more money than the merely medium-market mega-omni rich owners. However, it does break up families.
Contrasting Styles: Spastic or Flaccid
The Patriots are a team notable for losing every star player (except QB) yet remaining extremely competitive. Yet there is no doubt their star is starting to fade, like Ronnie James Dio's (for example).
The Redskins have been (since Dan Snyder took control of the team in 1999) a team notable for blowing big blast money up front on sexudo free agent busts. Adam Archuleta, you're only the last bad crab in a long line of losing quality lifers such as #48 Stephen Davis for Spurrier's "Pitch and Catch" and gaining worthless one-year Peon "Pee On" Sanders to lose Brian Mitchell (#2 All-Time NFL All-Pupose Yards plus 9 NFL records who signed a one-day contract to retire as a Redskin with Joe Gibbs who coached Mitchell in the 1992 Superbowl Victory).
Obviously, to-be Hall of Famer Brian Mitchell was not stopped here by PK Grammatica as he scored the only Redskins TD of the day in a brutal 14-13 pukefest. For two years he was the only player to give a shit, and they cut him for a puss who couldn't make a goal line tackle if they paid him. And believe me, they paid him.
Can the Patriots continue to produce playoff winners while hemorrhaging starters every year? Bye, RB Dillon. Is Boney Maroney good for 270 carries a season?
Can Joe Gibbs right the slaveship, old-school style?
These are only two out of thirty-two teams in the NFL. Each team has its own journey. Except for the Raiders, who are going to suck again. By dog, I think it's time to start talking real football again. Here are the first jaw-droppers of the 2007 Season (it helps if your jaw is already loosened by 10 beers or so).
49ers signed solid, steady former Bills CB Nate Clements to the biggest salary ever paid to a defensive player: 8 years, $80 mil & $22 million is guaranteed, folks. That's something special in an NFL contract.
In retaliation (?) the Bills signed solid, steady former Redskins guard Derrick Dockery to 7 years, $49 million with $18.5 million guaranteed, beating Steve Hutchinson's 2006 blockbuster deal.
In retaliation, the Redskins signed steady, solid former Bills LB London Fletcher (a modest 5 years for $25 million). Expect the Redskins to re-sign cut Vikings CB Smoot, a former Redskins who left for a payday in the Land of 10,000 Lapdances with Dildo Insertions, allegedly. Smoot said of negotiations to return to Washington: "Everything would be put back in place if I did. Me leaving here was a big mistake."
The Browns whumped all the 2007 offensive lineman signings (thusfar) by blowing out 7 years, $49.5 million to sign former Bengals solid, steady Eric Steinbach.
The latest news is that the Broncos wanted to trade QB Plummer to the Bucs but Snake Jr. would rather retire. Brutal. That guy played for Arizona, folks.
The Lions have traded cornerback Dre' Bly to the Denver Broncos for running back Tatum Bell, offensive tackle George Foster and a fifth-round pick. Bly's contract is a time bomb at the end of next year, but the Broncos have an immediate hole in their lineup.
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