Dec 8, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster (22) scores a touchdown on a punt return against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
It’s officially Day 3 of the NFL Free Agency period and we have seen some expected moves and not-so expected moves three days into the new NFL season.
The Tennessee Titans came out of the gate fast by signing the former Kansas City Chiefs offensive weapon Dexter McCluster. The Titans acted fast on signing the speedy all purpose player to a 3 year deal worth $9 million with incentives that could raise the figure to $12 million.
I am happy with the signing and the speedy skill set that McCluster brings to the table, but to me this signing was a Chris Johnson insurance policy. Nearly everyone in the sports world believes that it’s a matter of when, not if, CJ gets released and McCluster will be the situational replacement.
The Titans entered free agency with approximately $12 million. That was before the transactions from the past two days. In one of my recent posts I acknowledged this probable move, although, it is hard to “let go” of a player that has been a staple of our team since the end of the late Steve McNair era to the present.
As of today, CJ still hasn’t been successfully traded (no shock there) or released yet. What I do have a problem with though is IF/WHEN the Titans decide to move forward with releasing CJ, what exactly are your plans to do with even more extra cap space?
The Titans have already missed out on a number of exceptional players in free agency just three days in to other teams that are bolstering and improving their roster.
My thoughts, why would you cut a dynamic player in CJ to FREE up spending cash but not spend it? The addition of McCluster was a good, yet surprising splash but the addition of defensive lineman Al Woods, the former Pittsburgh Steelers player, isn’t impressive.
The best teams in the league are spending money like my fiancé on Black Friday. Why aren’t the teams that truly need the additions making them?
If you follow me on Twitter ( @Franchize_HOF ), last night I said, “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.” The Denver Broncos who made it to the Super Bowl this past season just added not one, not two, but THREE Pro Bowl players to their defense – DE DeMarcus Ware, S T.J Ward, and CB Aqib Talib. The New England Patriots didn’t hesitate adding arguably the best defensive back in the league, Darrelle Revis, shortly after being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
I will leave you with this, and if you could help echo it I would appreciate it: “Hey, Tommy Smith, Ruston Webster, and Ken Whisenhunt – will you PLEASE spend some money and help upgrade our team before only slim pickings are left?”