Funny Money

The opening of the free agency period in the NFL means that it is once again time to watch Daniel Snyder and the Washington Redskins attempt to put together a fantasy football roster.

This year found the team guaranteeing an NFL-record $41 million to Albert Haynesworth and another $22.5 million to DeAngelo Hall. That is the same Albert Haynesworth who was suspended for 5 games in 2006 for cleating an opponent’s face and the same DeAngelo Hall who was waived by the woeful Oakland Raiders just last season.

Snyder’s Redskins have a history of splashy free agent signings over the last 10 years – from Bruce Smith to Deion Sanders to London Fletcher and countless others.  And what has it bought him?  Exactly two playoff wins and only two playoff appearances this decade.  Pathetic.

Don Banks of SI.com wonders why the Redskins keep making the same mistakes over and over again.  It was Albert Einstein who once defined insanity as the act of doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  Hmmm…

There was plenty of other action today and more certain to follow.  Adam Schefter is one of the best at keeping tabs on all of the latest activity in his blog at NFL.com.

One under-the-radar move that bears watching is the Patriots’ signing of Fred Taylor.  The veteran running back (and future Hall of Famer) is a nice addition to a typically stacked roster. 

The Patriots have been very active in free agency over the last decade but tend to leave the flashy signings to owners like Snyder and Jerry Jones.  While the Redskins and Cowboys collect headlines, the Patriots (and others) just collect Super Bowl titles with their much more astute player personnel decisions.

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~ by acm213 on February 27, 2009.

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