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PSUskinsfan11 06-10-2004 01:55 PM

Best/Worst Skins Free Agent Pick ups
Let's face it, we are known for our activity in the off-season more than our playing in the fall as of the past few seasons. So here's the question: Who is the best/worst free agent pick up this season and/or in recent memory.

this season: I would have to say the best was Portis...our running game was going no where fast and by getting one of the top 5 backs in the league we automatically help ourself with the run game. Worst I am going to say Brunell. I know alot of people may not agree with this statement but if you look at all the factors,(cost, losing a draft pick, injury prone, age) plus the fact that we obviously have our QB of the future in Ramsey. We could have easily found a solid backup for Ramsey for less cost (Couch, Collins, Blake, Warner etc) and picked up someone in our real problem spot....D-Line!!!

recent memory: No doubt that Doug Williams was our best free agent signing. With Schrador (sp?) injured we did not slow down one bit, so the Super Bowl MVP gets my vote. Worst....there are too many to pick one so here's a few Canidate to fill Davis' shoes!?!?!?, Deion- are we still paying him?, Stubafield, and Jeff George- seriously wonder what Marty and ol' Danny boy were thinking on that one.

Carnage 06-10-2004 02:03 PM

Id say Stubblefield. Dont forget Alvin Harper!

I dont think that Canidate and Saunders were terrible moves, although Deion's contract could have been written better.

cpayne5 06-10-2004 02:11 PM

Anyone remember Stanley "the Sherriff" Richards?

MTK 06-10-2004 02:14 PM

[QUOTE=cpayne5]Anyone remember Stanley "the Sherriff" Richards?[/QUOTE]
ugh the guy couldn't tackle worth a damn

cpayne5 06-10-2004 02:24 PM

I hated Deion as a Falcon, as a 49er, as a Cowboy, and as a Redskin. I booed him at camp that year.

cpayne5 06-10-2004 02:24 PM

[QUOTE=Mattyk72]ugh the guy couldn't tackle worth a damn[/QUOTE]

Back then, nobody on the team could.

He had 10 INTs the year before we got him.
He never matched that number ever again.

SmootSmack 06-10-2004 02:37 PM

Wilber Marshall was a great pickup

cpayne5 06-10-2004 02:42 PM

Joe Jacoby was an UDFA, does that count?

PSUskinsfan11 06-10-2004 02:47 PM

[QUOTE=smootsmack]Wilber Marshall was a great pickup[/QUOTE]

great call i forgot about him

Big C 06-10-2004 02:59 PM

Big Daddy...price was way too steep, wasnt it a first round pick, best move would be trading Gilbert and getting a #1, and takin Lavar or Samuels with it

SmootSmack 06-10-2004 03:06 PM

Larry Centers was a nice pickup I thought
bad pickups: Reidel Anthony and Jacquez Green...at least they came cheap

Big C 06-10-2004 03:07 PM

chris doering was a pretty good pickup last year

MTK 06-10-2004 03:16 PM

"cheap and available"

those were the days!

PSUskinsfan11 06-10-2004 03:34 PM

[QUOTE=Big C]chris doering was a pretty good pickup last year[/QUOTE]

he was a steeler last year.

sportscurmudgeon 06-10-2004 03:41 PM

First of all, the Skins traded for Portis. He was under contract; he was not a free agent.

I suspect the best free agent pick up will be Lavernaeus Coles - when all is said and done - but after only one season, it's a stretch to give him that mantle yet.

If you consider Joe Jacoby a free agent - since he was undrafted - you have to give him the nod because he went from free agent to Hall of Fame candidate.

I think the worst free agent pick up - and there are so many nominees here - was Jeff George. His presence forced the Skins to release Brad Johnson who merely went on and won a Super Bowl. Then George basically tried a mutiny in the clubhouse with Marty and overturned that apple cart.

Lots of the other guys mentioned here as "worst pick-up" were not stellar players to be sure. But only the spin masters who feed hype to the sycophants in the Washington media thought Stanley Richards was any good. All you had to do is whatch him give up 4 Tds in the Super Bowl against the 49ers (when he was with SD) and you knew he was a stiff.

Stubby was a malcontent and a malingerer who had one great year in his contract year. He was not "great" before or after. The Skins were bamboozled.

Alvin Harper was made by the fact that teams had to pay a lot of attention to the "other side of the field" when Irvin was there. The Skins thohght he could be a #1 receiver; boy were they wrong. Someone else picked up Harper and tried to make him the lead receiver and he bombed there too. Too bad.

Deion was simply out of gas by the time Danny Boy wrote out his check.

Big Daddy? They paid too much to sign him, but at least he played and was marginally productive. That's a lot more than can be said about others here.

Jeff George - from his right shoulder to the tips of the fingers on his right hand - is one hugely talented QB. But between his ears he is missing a few important things one of which is the ability to get along with teammates and coaches. His history of bad times in the clubhouse was well known but Danny Boy went out and signed him and tossed that toxin into the clubhouse. Oh swell!

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