Finally we are starting to see some significant offseason movement.
Firstly as I type I read on NFL.com that the supposed ‘lockout’ has been delayed by 24 hours as more negotiations take place. Having witnessed the strike shortened 1987 season I know that neither the players nor the NFL owners will want to back down in a hurry. I just hope for so many reasons that the people who are around the table are continuing to talk and are not just sampling donuts, whilst us fans around the world get more and more depressed.
Secondly I’m gland to see a bit of player movement, even if it is not A grade movement.
- The Redskins, always there at the front of the FA queue, decided to sign former Rams safety O.J Atogwe. Atogwe is a turnover causing machine who plays his heart out. The former 1st round pick (in the CFL !) has been a solid contributer in St Louis and will be an immediate improvement over the likes of Reed Doughty and Kareem Moore. 38 forced turnovers and 5 sacks in under five full seasons starting is pretty impressive.
- Elsewhere the woeful Panthers upgraded their impotent offense with the veteran, but oft injured, tight end Jeremy Shockey. Just over 12 months ago Shockey caught a touchdown in the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl for the New Orleans Saints. His reward – the axe. The Saints saw their future at TE and his name was Jimmy Graham. Shockey can still be a big game player but his downfall is the fact he has never made it through a 16 game regular season unscathed. Shockey’s catches per season have been on a decline for the past four seasons, due in part to three years on a Saints team that likes to distribute passes to anything with hands. The Panthers could have another rookie starting in 2011, and they will need Shockey to be loitering 10 yards upfield on a regular basis.
Now its time to collectively hold our breath as NFL fans and see if Roger the Dodger can avoid a complete disaster……..