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At the time we had 'won' one of the premier free agents of '05. Amazing how things change. Now he is better known as Ed Hurtwell.
Absolutely. Pierce was coming off one big year in Washington and thats about it. Coaches raved about him but he only had one good year and we gave him a decent sized contract. Hartwell was definately the more established player at that time.
If the Achilles injury hadn't happened, you never know what you might have said about Hartwell. I was very high on both him and Pierce. I thought Pierce had higher upside, but Hartwell was ready to be his own player. Injuries wrecked it.
Good thing the Falcons completely guaranteed the contract, so he'll be on your cap for the next 2 years...