The only problem with being the best is keeping it up. In football terms, winning the Super Bowl convinces other teams that any player on that team who’s available, no matter how menial he was to the team’s success, is worth throwing money at.
And for the players who are already under contract, they believe the hype and expect more compensation, even if they are restricted. Such is the story of the New York Giants’ offseason.
They have already lost Gibril Wilson and Kawika Mitchell, who were given fat contracts simply because they were available. However, not all defending Super Bowl champions give up on making their team better. After the Patriots won the Super Bowl in 2003, they signed running back Corey Dillon who helped lead them to another Super Bowl the next year.
So what have the Giants done to beef up their team? Well, they’ve signed a player to a position they already have secured. With that in mind, they decided to sign quarterback David Carr to the team. And actually, not just a position they have secured, but a position where they already have a backup for the secured position in Hefty Lefty.
I’m all for protecting players and having backups, but David Carr? This was a guy who was deemed not good enough to play for the Houston Texans, and he was so bad that the Carolina Panthers yanked Vinny Testevardre out of his rocking chair to be their quarterback over Carr.
But in the Giants' defense, it’s a good way of getting a backup quarterback to carry wires on the sideline without posing a threat to Eli. And more than that, not a threat to Jared Lorenzen and his wire carrying.
Of course, not every team lets their free agent players leave. The Giants have chosen to resign running back Derrick Ward and kicker Lawrence Tynes. A lot of people have agreed with the latter move, since Tynes kicked them to the Super Bowl, but he almost lost that opportunity for them.
He missed two potential game winning kicks in the NFC Championship game which might have landed him on the previous week’s countdown of the ten worst missed kicks in history. Luckily for him, he was able to boot a chip shot in overtime.
Let’s face it. The guy made a kick any guy off the street could have made, and he’s rewarded with a multi-year contract! That wouldn’t be bad, except for the fact that Seahawks placekicker Josh Brown was available and signed with the Rams. Had the Giants made any type of offer, they would have had a Pro Bowl kicker.
Sure, it’s just a kicker, but a kicker is just a kicker until the game is on the line … like it was in Green Bay … twice.