SECURE THE BAG OR THE RING: NFL Free Agency 2019
With the start of the 2019 NFL season this past week, I started seeing this years big name players get traded and signed with other teams that left me with one big question I am sure is on the mind of every NFL football fan. Are the players going to these teams for financial stability? Or do they feel they have a legitimate chance of winning a Super Bowl?
Former New York Giants Safety Landon Collins landed a huge deal with the Washington Redskins. The deal is for six years, $84 million, including $45 million in guaranteed money. That is one huge payday for a safety considered to be one of the best in the league. With talent like Collins and the need for great safety play around the NFL, why didn't he choose a team that was better than the 7-9 Washington team that was only two games better than the Giants?
It's not like a team who struggles on the offensive side of the ball like the Redskins with quarterback inefficiency, lack of depth at the running back position, and who doesn't have a great offensive line is winning anytime soon. They will be lucky to make it as a wild-card in a few years.
Of course my logic of NFL players are not really interested in winning a Super Bowl anymore has gotten me into some heated debates, but when you look at the current makeup of the league, there are not a lot of players running to teams that have a legitimate chance of winning it all.
Ok, I see that maybe some of you all don't get where I am coming from and think that Big Sarge has lost his mind. You are saying to yourself, "Everyone wants to win a ring Sarge," Oh really now? Do you honestly believe that or do you just want me to be wrong?
Let me provide just one more example and then we can move on. The AFC North Champions, Baltimore Ravens who lost in the Wild-Card Playoff to the Chargers had the NFL's top defense on last year. Their offense was also in the top ten at the end of the season led by a dynamic quarterback in Lamar Jackson. If anyone had a legitimate chance of dethroning Super Bowl Champions, the New England Patriots in the AFC, it quite possibly could have been the Ravens. Notice I said "Could have."
Instead of staying with that strong defensive unit and potentially making it to the Super Bowl. The Ravens lost three good players on that side of the ball who left for no other reason than to, "Secure the bag."
Linebacker C.J. Mosley signed a five year $85 million deal with the New York Jets with $51 million dollars in guaranteed money.
Edge rusher Za’Darius Smith signed a four-year, $66 million deal that included a $20 million signing bonus with the Green Bay Packers.
Defensive end Terrell Suggs signed a one-year $7 million dollar deal with the Arizona Cardinals.
Do you think any of those teams have a legitimate chance on playing in February 2020? Yea me either. So next time you get into a debate with someone who refuses to believe that players want money over rings. Refer them to this article right here and walk off.
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