Ask me what I value in an NFL free agent, and the answer is simple: versatility and obscurity.
In other words, the opposite of what Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder values.
For years, the most obstinate head man in sports has bought high on players with scheme-specific skill sets, high visibility or both.
You remember the names—Albert Haynesworth, Deion Sanders, Bruce Smith, Adam Archuleta and Jeremiah Trotter, all of them top-tier free agents at the center of protracted bidding wars.
In each case Snyder approved a deal, either ignoring age or disregarding fit in the process.
Why worry about fit when you can cobble together a team of overpriced, dissonant talent and tell your overpriced, overwhelmed coach to make it work?
Because the Redskins are 91-117 since Snyder assumed control of the team, that’s why.
The players on this list are the antidote to all that nonsense. They won’t command top dollar, and they won’t wilt in the face of an unfamiliar scheme.
As fast as this league changes, you can bet that the most valuable players are those fit to adapt.
And adapt they will, at a price that won’t destroy your sanity.
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