I was particularly curious to see where Mike Wallace and Dustin Keller would land during free agency. Wallace is a prized gem in the vertical game, a vicious speed demon, young and explosive. Keller's more of a mixed bag who's been somewhat of a disappointment over the last few years, but I always felt there was untapped talent beneath his surface.
Together, they could've put the finishing touches on a great offense (ahem, the Patriots). But instead, they wound up with the Dolphins, a divisional rival that ranked 27th in total yards last season.
It's difficult to envision Wallace completing Miami's offense. There isn't enough foundation intact to complete anything. And, as far as Keller goes, he would've had a better shot of maximizing his potential with a strong offense, instead of drowning in a wobbly offense, as he did with his former team.
It's too bad, because they could've pushed the Patriots past the finish line.
Elsewhere in the AFC East, the Jets have been thoroughly gutted during free agency. They're depleted beyond belief. They're also shakier than usual. Let's put it this way: When Rex Ryan said the team was "not actively trying to trade Darrelle Revis, but if somebody calls, you listen," it was a clear indication that nothing was sacred or stable for Gang Green.
The Bills are also in poor shape. They ended their 2011 season at 6-10, so they threw a train of money at defensive ends Mario Williams and Mark Anderson. The result: 6-10 during the 2012 season. Now, heading into 2013, the Bills are without a quarterback and seem more lost than ever.
While the Jets, Bills and Dolphins perform radical plastic surgery on themselves, the Patriots just keep cruising forward on autopilot. The more the other teams spin around in chaos, the more stable the Patriots seem.
Proves there's merit in stability and success in stillness.