In my ripe old age of 41, I've grown to become more skeptical of picking up -- as Terry would put it -- "another team's trash."
But sometimes, the primary reason for a team cutting/releasing a player from their roster is merely to make room under the cap... and if that player is relatively young, is fairly healthy, still has the potential to produce, is familiar with our current coach's system, and might possibly sign for an affordable deal, then why not take a look-see.
Well, here are three names that have potential: FS-Marlon McCree (30) released by the San Diego Chargers , CB-Andre Dyson (28) released by the New York Jets , and QB-Brian Griese (32) soon to be released by the Chicago Bears .
McCree used to play in Wade Phillips and Brian Stewart's system when the two were assistants with the Bolts... and MM is a rangy, free-flowing, ball-hawking, hard-hitting, playmaking free safety. If he agreed to a minimum deal and you paired him up with Ham, our starting safety tandem would receive an immediate upgrade. Although Hamlin plays FS, I see him more as a SS. Personally, I believe that both Ham and McCree as guys who can play both FS and SS -- versatile like that. Btw, McCree was released for cap reasons.
Check out this McCree video:
Dyson was originally drafted by Seattle and once returned two picks for TDs in a blowout win against Philly. In New York, he was overpaid, had nagging injuries in '06 and got beat out by rookie Darelle Revis in '07. The Jets are making a run at Pats CB-Asante Samuel, so they cut Dyson, WR-Justin McCareins, and OG-Adrien Clarke in an attempt to make room under the cap. An affordable deal for Dyson would be an immediate upgrade over Reeves. Just throwin it out there.
Griese had moments of productivity last season. He helped lead the Bears to an OT win in Philly and to me, was better than Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton. However, Grossman and Orton are younger and Griese cost too much. At age 32, he'd be a solid upgrade at the backup QB position over weak-armed Brad Johnson. I'd love to have that kind of insurance behind Tony Romo... esp with Free or McQ set to replace Flo in the starting lineup in the '08 season.
I know we'll be limited in free agency -- and I'm not suggesting that da King sign all three players mentioned above -- but I just thought the prospects of adding one from this trio would be rather intriguing. What do you think?
Gimme your opinions, my BTB Brethren...