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I can't believe Cleveland gave Anderson that much in guarantees...but after this season it could be a very tradeable contract, which is probably what they were looking for, so in that sense, it could be the best overall signing. For overall value though, I'd have to go with either of the trades. Vilma and Stroud could make very large impacts on their new teams provided they come back at 100%.
The problem arises when people use statistics like a drunk uses a lamp post: for support instead of illumination.
If luck is where preparation meets opportunity, then clutch is where failure meets luck.
<Add1ct> setting myself on fire can't be that hard
<Add1ct> but tackling a mosquito might prove a challenge
For the team: Derek Anderson. Where would each of these teams be without the guy they signed? Derek Anderson broke a tradition of losing in Cleveland. Pats still win their division without Moss (and when did $9 million a year seem a reasonable price and the player not getting PAID!), Briggs played last year and the Bears still had a losing record, maybe Samuel will change things for the Eagles, but not sure if CB was why they had a losing year. Vilma to the Saints is a big impact for that defense. Faneca to the Jets could have the same effect that Joe Thomas to the Browns had for that O-line. Thomas to the Falcons doesn't seem to be a vast improvement over the RBs they had, though maybe he's better to the new system.
Best signing for the player is obviously Tommie Kelly. WTF is Al Davis thinking?
That's because NFL teams don't appreciate tackling anymore. Briggs can't rush the passer, and apparently just being a good tackler with great ball skills and instincts isn't enough to get paid in the NFL anymore.
Calvin Pace, of all 6 1/2 career sacks Calvin Pace, can get 20+ in guarantees. It's ridiculous, and I really hope more teams go to the 3-4 because it's making all of the great 4-3 talent cheap as hell.