Monday, March 05, 2007

Free Agency

As millions of dollars are thrown at players who are now overpaid acquisitions, another one of my favorite columnists, Mike Sando of The News Tribune, warns us against the free-agency hype:

The most aggressive teams early in free agency a year ago were Cleveland, Minnesota and Washington. Arizona also drew accolades for adding Edgerrin James, cementing the Cardinals' status as a team on the rise. Drew Brees raised eyebrows when he took more money from New Orleans, a team heading nowhere, when he could have landed with a playoff contender in Miami. The Colts, meanwhile, treaded water by re-signing a few of their own guys without adding reinforcements from other teams. Losing James to Arizona also meant the Colts might have a hard time duplicating previous successes.

So much for that. Their 2006 records:

Cleveland 4-12
Minnesota 6-10
Washington 5-11
Arizona 5-11
Miami 6-10

New Orleans 10-6
Indianapolis 12-4

Basically, as intriguing as some of the moves are, keep in mind that the offseason winners rarely turn out to be the winners come fall.