I think that as frustrated fans, we choose to look at all these departures as pure business decisions. This compounds our frustrations. Why, with $20 million to spend, would we let AV go. I think that, in the end, it is a football decision. Why did AV seem so determined to go, so pissed, even. Honest truth is, management probably wasn't intrested in bringing him back. I liken it to the departures of Bledsoe and Milloy, even Ted Washington. In hindsight, do any of us question the football decision of letting them go? My theory is this: AV, despite being the greatest clutch kicker ever to play the game, has always been weak at kickoffs. In particular, he produces very few touchbacks. While this is a trivial matter to a casual fan, or an angry homer, it makes a huge difference in the game. Think about it. The difference in opponents field position between a touchback and a returned kickoff is an average of 10-15 yards. On the scoreboard, that translates to points allowed.