Randy Mueller was a mediocre NFL exec. There will be a lot of “names” released between now and next month. But, teams even with a shrinking cap will still find a way to keep their really good players.
High priced free agency has almost always been a fool’s folly and it won’t be different this off-season. The Patriots know this so don’t look for them to overpay for a bunch of guys whose game no longer matches their notoriety just so they can win the off season but lose when the games start like all those other teams we’ve laughed at over the last 20 years.
It would be good if a team or two screws up like the Bills in 2017 letting Stephon Gilmore hit free agency, so the Pats can pounce and add an impact player, but that doesn’t happen all that often.
I’m thinking a lot of us are going to be very disappointed over the next month or so. Of course, that is better than being disappointed in September when we find out that Hunter Henry isn’t a difference maker worth $12 million a year.
We all love draft choices, but let’s not fool ourselves as a significant portion of those picks never pan out. If you really want to turn this around quickly, use some of your picks and your cap space to trade for good players that some teams in bad cap shape won’t just let go for nothing but might be willing to trade to improve their cap if they got something of value in return.