Free agency is always one of the most exciting and mind boggling times of the NFL year. Exciting because players move around nimbly bimbly from team to team, and mind boggling because teams are always declared ‘Winners’ and ‘Losers.’ The fact of the matter is that most of the time, the ‘Winners’ of free agency are still ‘Losers’ when it comes time to play actual football. Don’t believe me? Well then let’s take a look at some of last year’s supposed ‘Winners’ according to John Clayton from ESPN.
1.) “The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the 2012 free-agency winners by grabbing Vincent Jackson, Carl Nicks and Eric Wright,” said Clayton. Most pundits pegged the Bucs as free agency winners last year. And what did that winning get them? A 7-9 season and last place in the NFC South.
2.) The Buffalo Bills were also considered winners because they signed Mario Williams. A 6-10 record (last place in the AFC East) later and we all know what that did for them.
3.) Washington Redskins. OK, but Clayton puts them on this list largely because they put themselves in a position to draft Robert Griffin III. And there ain’t no RGIII this year.
So Dolphins and Browns fans beware. Even though your team is ‘Winning’ free agency, it may not matter when the leaves change.