Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Free Agency/Trade Thoughts - AFC North

Just a couple of tidbits...

With Seneca Wallace joining the Browns, it's less likely that Baltimore's Troy Smith, who seems more than eager to play for Cleveland, will find a new home there...unless Holmgren starts pulling a Gruden-esque/Tampa Bay hoarding of QBs, which might not be a bad decision for the Browns. It's time for Cleveland to get a quarterback that the team and management can rally behind. Having a host of new QBs to analyze could be the right start...

There has been more and more talk of Terrell Owens joining the Cincinnati Bengals. As we progress through the off-season, Owens' likelihood of landing with the Bengals seems much more plausible. He's an aging receiver that has shown some decline in production, but a small one year deal in Cincinnati might be just what both parties are looking for. I don't see T.O having much more value anywhere else, Baltimore was an idea but the Boldin acquisition put those thoughts to bed. Owens will find a home somewhere before the season (I'd be surprised if he didn't), but it will most likely be for a short deal (similar to Buffalo's in 2009) and this time for a #2 receiver spot. Add players like Derrick Mason hitting the market (with far better stats to back them up) and we start to see just how "past-tense" T.O. sounds...hope he can handle that...

The Steelers seem to quietly continue their tradition of working in-house and managing their current players. They've just re-signed S Ryan Clark and re-acquired Antwaan Randle El, but one thing worries me about Pittsburgh (well not really since I'm a Baltimore fan): Are Mike Tomlin and the management really thinking about the future? Or are they just trying to change as little as possible and squeeze every last ounce out of their recent Super Bowl champs, all the while ignoring QB Ben Roethlisberger's offseason blunders (they do seem to be piling up, don't they). This team can quickly show just what problems they're facing, regardless of what they've previously accomplished. And clearly the strategy has worked for them in the past (sarcasm). Isn't this the third time they've won the Super Bowl and failed to make the playoffs the following year? (correct me if I'm wrong)...hmm. With six titles though, maybe the Steelers actually know what they're doing...maybe...

That's all for now. Stay tuned as we get closer to the draft!

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