Lombardi: Bengals won’t spend to get Marshall
QUOTE: “If I were dying, my last words would be, ‘Have faith and pursue the unknown end.’ ” -- Oliver Wendell Holmes
Usually, after the first weekend of free agency, the big money spending is over and players without the expected big contracts start to get a little nervous. As a fan, just because your favorite team hasn’t been active at the beginning of free agency, it doesn’t mean it won’t be making moves; it just won’t be making expensive moves. Here are more of my thoughts from the first weekend:
Brandon Marshall of the Broncos would make sense to many teams picking at the bottom of the first round, and clearly he would improve the Bengals. I’m sure the team’s coaches would agree with his assessment, but the Bengals front office will shy away from spending the money. There’s no wide receiver in this draft the Bengals could pick that could make a significant impact to their team like Marshall….
The Tim Tebow private workouts begin, with the Bills and Seahawks the first to visit the Florida campus. Expect the Panthers and the Broncos to follow. In a private workout setting, Tebow will be revealed as teams make him throw their route tree and in their rhythm of offense….
The Jags giving Aaron Kampman more than $11 million in guarantee is a surprise, but those guarantees have to be time sensitive and protect the club if his knee doesn’t respond in time. The Jags are confident Kampman will be ready for the beginning of camp, but being ready and being back to his normal playing level are quite different….
If I were a team in the AFC South, I would sign Jim Sorgi, the former Colts backup quarterback. He’s had inside access to the Colts’ methodology of offense, and he could really provide assistance on and off the field….
Shaun Hill’s tenure with the 49ers might be over now that former Texans quarterback David Carr has signed with San Francisco. Playing behind the 49ers offensive line might get Carr sacked again if he plays. The 49ers have to fix that line before they can take the next step. They allowed 40 sacks last year….
Ryan Clark of the Steelers is in Miami, and I expect him to be signed some time today as the Dolphins need economic value at safety since releasing the overpaid Gibril Wilson. As I wrote the other day, and as Antrel Rolle confirmed, the Fins were never involved in pursuing his services because he was viewed as too expensive….
The Browns took a huge plunge into free agency Sunday, signing Scott Fuijta of the Saints and Tony Pashos of the 49ers. Fuijta got such a strong offer from the Browns that he had no choice but to take the deal. The Saints were never going to be in that market….
Not sure how former Jets wide receiver Laveranues Coles could help the Jets offense since he was no help to the Bengals. At this point in his career, Coles lacks burst in and out of his cuts to separate. He’ll have a hard time improving the Jets if he signs with them….
Why would the Lions trade for corner Chris Houston when the Falcons, who need corners, are willing to trade him? Well, Houston needs to play press corner and has to be able to get his hands on wide receivers, which fits the Lions’ Cover 2 scheme more than it does the Falcons. This is all about scheme fit.
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For a breakdown of the 2010 free agents, check out this article from Bleacher Report.