Saturday, March 01, 2008


You know, nobody ever talks about how stupidity amongst NFL teams serves to prevent the construction of dynasties and keeps a level playing field.

A good player like Asante Samuel puts together a few good seasons, which is amplified by the fact that he's on one of the best teams in the League. Then he hits free agency, and someone is bound to overpay for him.

It's the Az Zahir Hakim phenomenon. You might remember Az from the Rams' Greatest Show on Turf. Some team parked a dump truck full of money in front of his house, he left St. Louis, and entered obscurity.

But this keeps teams from getting too good. If there were no salary cap, the Patriots would have matched the $60 million, 6 year deal the Eagles gave Samuel. But there is a cap, and that figure is simply way too high for a cornerback, even one as good as Samuel.

And if this news saddens you, and you really need a laugh, here's Asante's explanation for his decision:

"I just want a chance to be able to win and get back to the Super Bowl. That's why I picked the Philadelphia Eagles."

I guess he feels like he is more likely to win in Philly than in Foxborough. Good luck.


Photo Credit:
AP Photo/Matt Rourke

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