Originally Posted by voluntarysaftey
He also signed a below market contract so a sign and trade would've looked really bad and basically told all future players not to give hometown discounts to the pats.
You misunderstood badly
, my friend, and you made a false and wildly errant assumption.
There is nothing in the history of Mad Bill's
dealings ~ or in my commentary ~ to support your rather absurd assumption: Nothing I said suggested we hornswoggle
No offense, Bro: I'm just very particular about folks not misconstruing me. Hope you understand.
My notion was that we take the same up front approach to'm that Beefalo'd taken with Peerless Price
, and that we ourselves would take with Matt Cassell
: Franchise'm, let'm know what we're doing, invite'm to explore The Market, and then see what The Market bears.
~ Beefalo got a 1st Rounder out'f Atlanta for Price, #23.
~ The Patriots got #34
from the Chiefs for Cassell.
My thinking ~ and I readily admit that this is pure, 100% Speculation on my part ~ is that Dan Snyder
, he of the long history both of Gross Stupidity and astonishing
disdain for'is own Draft Picks, would've been overjoyed
to part with at least
one 1st Rounder for'm.
was clearly the greatest Wide Receiver in the Game, and had just set an all time record for TouchDowns
with an astonishing 98/1493/23
Campaign, and all reports were that he was fully reformed and had become not merely well behaved but in fact an exceptional
He had just turned 31, which meant that there was every reason ~ this is a Wide Receiver, not a Running Back ~ to hope that this apparently greatly matured and unprecedentedly
talented Wide Out would continue to perform at an extraordinary level for the next 4 or 5 years, and to possibly perform at an excellent level for as many as 10.
Of course there would've been perceived risk, I grant you: Nobody's saying otherwise. I hardly imagine that it would've been a 31 team bidding frenzy
, or even remotely close
But it only takes one
fool, doesn't it?
And in the wake of Moss's historically
spectacular year, I seriously doubt, given that he was
the greatest Wide Out in the game, in a Passing League desperate
for PlayMakers, and was a relatively young 31, that there wouldn't've been a small
bidding war for the right to sign'm.
Not only do I think we could've hoisted Snyder's 1st Rounder in 2008 ~ #21
~ but also
rooked'm out'f a deferred 1st Rounder in 2009
one turned out to be #13
, with which the RedSkins themselves drafted none other than Brian Orakpo.