There are few positions in the NFL where teams should invest large amounts of cash, and cornerback isn't one of them.
Teams will always overpay for premium players, but they're missing the point. Choose wisely or your team will be badly burned.
Don't believe me? Take a look at the teams that have invested heavily in their corners.
The New York Jets are sitting in the basement of the AFC East!
Just kidding. I know they're only one game back. However, you can't convince me the Jets are a good team. If they hadn't paid Revis so handsomely, maybe they could have spent money on bolstering their pass rush.
Look at that other team from New York. The Giants took their money and funneled it to their defensive ends. How's that worked out for them?
Additionally, check out the Giant secondary. Could anyone outside of the New York metropolitan area even name one of their corners?
Then there are the two teams that shelled out large sums of cash for cornerbacks this offseason.
The Dallas Cowboys gave Brandon Carr a five-year, $50-million deal. The Cowboys have a solid secondary now, but have only three wins.
The Kansas City Chiefs gave Stanford Routt $31.5 million over three years. The Chiefs' season ended somewhere around the beginning of September.
Basically, there are better places where a franchise's money can be spent. Especially somewhere along the defensive or offensive line.
People may try to argue that Charles Woodson took the Green Bay Packers from a playoff contender to a Super Bowl champion. I won't completely disagree with that assertion, but I would point out that Clay Matthews and Tramon WIlliams were also a huge part of that success.
Additionally, how often does Woodson line up as a traditional corner? His role is more of a rover who makes plays all over the field.
Even if you don't accept my "rover" argument, one exception does not prove the rule.
So go ahead and keep shelling out those big bucks for players who can't be a part of every play. Just don't expect to have any sustained long-term success.
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