NFL Free Agency
Anyone else find it odd that Derrick Mason was snatched up in a heartbeat, but that Plaxico Burress hasn’t even made a visit anywhere yet?
Mason’s the man, don’t get me wrong. But he’s also 31, and doesn’t have the physical attributes, upside, or miles left in the tank that Plax does. And I think Plax has proved that he’s a team guy over the past couple of years… strange. But the market out there for him seems to be slow. Someone will eventually snatch him up, and he’ll get paid, it just seems a little unusual to me that Mason was a hotter commodity.
The Raiders are also on the verge of giving LaMont Jordan a five-year deal with $27.5 million. NFL contracts get inflated, yes, but $15.7 million of that is guaranteed. For contrast, and I’m not comparing the two players, but Correll Buckhalter got a $200,000 bonus for resigning with the Eagles. Does $15.7 mil seem excessive for a guy who’s never really proved that he can carry the load as a full-time starter? The Jets apparently are convinced that he can’t… otherwise, why keep the rapidly-aging Curtis Martin instead of the 24-year-old LaMont?
Other little thingies: The Patriots cut Troy Brown, despite the fact that he went to the trouble of learning to play two positions to save the team’s ass. The Vikings signed massive defensive tackle Pat Williams away from Buffalo, an underrated signing that should go a long way to shoring up the Vikings run D.