Well, not yet, but it is interesting in that I’ve been watching the NFL more closely now, curious as to what moves the Browns will make in Free Agency to try and bolster the team. So far there haven’t been any really big signings or big names, and in some cases, I have been a little surprised that they haven’t picked up some people to serve in their areas of need — with Eric Wright leaving, the real question is what they will do for cornerback, as they don’t seem to be interested in the big names that are still available. Still, I do like that they are picking up younger guys that are still improving, rather than guys that are on the waning side of their years.
I also find it interesting that the whole Derek Anderson experiment in Arizona was declared a failure, officially made when they acquired (finally) Kevin Kolb from the Eagles. When he was cut from Cleveland, and spouted off about how much he hated the place (and he did have some reasons) I was worried that yet again, a player that the Browns couldn’t make work was going to suddenly flourish outside of the “Curse of Cleveland.” But, no, he had the exact same problems in Arizona that he had in Cleveland: tempted the fans with some good throws early on, only to settle into a series of bad decisions and inaccurate throws as the season wore on. He was benched due to poor play, and the came back when the starter was injured, only to show that he still had the same issues. He also demonstrated that his trouble dealing with criticism was not just because of the Cleveland press/fans; his blow-up on the podium after being asked about his laughing on the sidelines while his team was getting pounded into the dust on national TV was right up there with Dennis Green’s classic meltdown. So, yeah, a change of scenery didn’t do him any good, as the Cardinals have now cut him after one year. I wouldn’t be surprised if he lands somewhere soon though as another back-up. He has experience, and every team can use a QB with that.
Oh yeah, and speaking of ex-Browns, it looks like Braylon Edwards will not be returning to the Jets. It’s not really a matter of not liking him in this case, but rather that after spending the money on Holmes, they would rather get a WR cheaper than what Edwards is asking for. Still, I can’t help but wonder if this is the first time that Edwards really had to deal with rejection in the professional level. While in Cleveland, everything bad that happened was everyone else’s fault: the coaches, the organization, the fans (I still love that whole, “They didn’t like me because I’m from Michigan and not because I kept dropping passes” reasoning). Now, with the Jets, he has to be taking this pretty hard. Think about it: They made their decision to sign Holmes to the big contract, so they valued Holmes over Edwards. Okay, that’s not too bad, since Holmes has a Super Bowl ring from his effort with the Steelers. But then the Jets start seriously chasing Nnamdi Asomugha, and Edwards had to realize that meant that the Jets weren’t interested in his services — no way they would be able to sign Nnamdi *and* Edwards. Then, the next indignity, is that the Jets are even looking into Burress, who hasn’t played a down since 2008 — Burress has more interest from the Jets than Edwards. And since Edwards said he loved the Jets, he has no-one to point the finger at and say “It was thier fault, not mine.” But, again, he has enough talent that he’ll land somewhere. Hey, I hear the Browns are looking for a veteran WR….
As for Brady Quinn, well, he’s still buried in the depth chart in Denver, but at least he still has a job. You have to take what you can in this economy, right?
Speaking of the Broncos, it seems that Josh MacDaniels decision to give Kyle Orton (who has played pretty well, to be fair) last year has placed the Broncos in a pinch with their cap space. Unless they can trade him, they can’t sign any new agents because of the cap. Again, it feels really good to know that for once, it wasn’t the Browns who majorly screwed up their personnel decisions by hiring a head coach that wound up sinking the whole franchise. And now that John Elway is involved, I can only hope that he proves to be as every bit a franchise genius as other players-turn managers before him, like Isiah Thomas, or Matt Millen. Boy, that would be so awesome.