While I certainly don’t wish failure upon any player or team, sometimes you look at an NFL free agent signing and just know things aren’t going to go as well as planned.
Look at Vincent Jackson. The year’s top free agent wide receiver, Jackson signed a five-year, $56 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
While the hope is that he will elevate their passing game, the fact is that he’s part of a young team with an inconsistent quarterback. He’s not going to see the same success that he had as a San Diego Charger.
Another receiver, Pierre Garçon, was brought on by the Washington Redskins to ostensibly be their No. 1 wideout in 2012. Even with Robert Griffin III throwing to him, Garçon just doesn’t have No. 1 talent, and that’s going to show in a big way early on.
The Buccaneers threw around a lot of money in the first week of free agency, inking cornerback Eric Wright to a $36 million deal.
That kind of money is worthy of a top corner, but that’s just not what Wright is. For the price, it’s not looking like Tampa will get their money’s worth.
Finally, there’s quarterback Matt Flynn, whose name had been linked to a trio of teams, one of which he signed with—the Seattle Seahawks.
The combination of the untested Flynn with a Seattle management and coaching staff that has made questionable decisions at the position in years past makes it seem like a recipe for disaster.
Here’s to hoping, however, that all four players prove my predictions wrong. They were all brought in to help, not harm, their respective teams. But then again, even the best-laid plans can go awry.
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