Saturday, February 11, 2012

Balancing Needs and Desires

As free agents begin to negotiate with their respective teams and potential suitors, it is important to remember just how delicate these talks can be. One wrong statement or move by either party could doom talks. For example, San Diego says that it plans on doing everything that it can to make resigning Vincent Jackson a reality. What is important to note here is that in no way has the team actually said yes, we plan to resign him, regardless of issues. This cat and mouse game is what keeps this part of the season interesting. While many people see Jackson as a must keep player (and honestly, he is very talented), the sad truth is that the NFL is a business. In the end, it all comes down to putting the best product on the field. Would I like to see Jackson back in powder blue? You better believe it. But if it comes down to it, I would rather see a more complete team that, while it may not have as dynamic of a receiving corps, is much more balanced and has fewer holes. This is the dilema that A.J. Smith and owner Dean Spanos face. For now, every team will be walking on eggshells through these talks, and that is what makes this time so interesting. The fact that there is a salary cap in the NFL (although it is suspended this year), is what keeps teams so even. Records may not indicate that, but every  team operates under the same rules. The next few months is where the front office guys will really earn their pay.  So for the time being, sit back and enjoy the show.

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