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Old 03-21-2004, 01:03 PM   #1
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2.2 million for B. Johnson?!?!

I say adios and good luck in New Orleans cuz 2.2 million dollars as a first year cap hit for a slightly above average FULLBACK is ridiculous. Plus we still need cap room to sign our draft pick and match any offer made to McCants.
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Old 03-21-2004, 01:05 PM   #2
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we will miss him on special teams though but he can be replaced by an undrafted player easily and much, much cheaper.
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Old 03-21-2004, 03:47 PM   #3
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Good for BJ, the guy is getting (over) paid.

I can't see the Skins matching this offer, way too expensive.
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Old 03-21-2004, 04:06 PM   #4
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The FO said it would match any offer. They'll look like they were blowing hot air if they don't, and that's probably not the message they want to send to other teams, agents, etc. I say they're dumb enough to match, simply out of pride. Of course, I hope they don't because he's not worth that money.
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Old 03-21-2004, 04:48 PM   #5
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We won't miss him come the regular season.
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Old 03-21-2004, 05:15 PM   #6
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He will be missed on special teams, but he doesn't really fit well with our new offense. I wish him luck in NO though. He was a good player, always put his heart into it.
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Old 03-21-2004, 06:37 PM   #7
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Is it just me, or is N.O. paying way too much here? They must really like BJ. If Snyder made this offer, the entire media would be up in arms over Danny-boy over-paying, buying a championship, etc.

Also, of course the skins said that they would match every offer. What are they gonna say, "Don't worry, we won't counter."? It's something of a bluff when you play the RFA game. You gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, etc. I say walk away from BJ, but hold onto McCants.
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Old 03-21-2004, 07:28 PM   #8
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I think he might be worth it...about a milliona year.

Yeah the 1st year is costly, but that just means the next couple years should be pretty cap friendly. There are other ways to create cap room (i.e. cutting Larry Moore).
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Old 03-21-2004, 07:44 PM   #9
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A guy like Johnson can easily be replaced. I think we should be worried about losing McCants.
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Old 03-21-2004, 09:34 PM   #10
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Goodluck in NO Bryan Johnson. We had to get rid of some of our guys in the backfield and this is the easiest way to do it.
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Old 03-21-2004, 09:47 PM   #11
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Someone said Parcells said Bryan Johnson was an outstanding blocker - the best in the NFC or something like that, I can't remember.

We don't need a blocking back in a one back system though it seems to me. Whoever is the back better be able to block, but I don't think we will have a fullback except maybe for special situations.
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Old 03-21-2004, 09:52 PM   #12
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BJ seems like a great fit in this offense, possibly in the H-back role. Whether he's worth what the Saints are offering is another story though.
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Old 03-21-2004, 10:11 PM   #13
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It's too bad this offer wasn't made a few days later so the coaching staff could at least have mini-camp to observe Johnson and the other backs and get a better determination of how valuable he could be to the team

I think the Redskins will figure out a way to match. I think they want to avoid setting any precedent that implies if BJ was a free agent from another team they'd undoubtedly pay the money but they don't take care of their own. Then again, 2.2 million sure seems like a lot for him
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Old 03-22-2004, 12:13 AM   #14
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Hear, hear! For someone who has tried just to crack and stay in the league, this is a big payday. Well done and good luck!
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Old 03-22-2004, 05:31 AM   #15
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That's a hell of an expensive BJ! (Sorry couldn't resist.)

Seriously though, he won't be badly missed. If Gibbs is running his old offensive style virtually unchanged, Johnson would have been an expensive luxury.

One thing though - according to the write up I saw the contract is heavily laden with almost unobtainable incentives. The 2.2M amount qouted is the cap hit IF all his bonuses are paid. He's unlikely to get anywhere near that, so the Saints will get a cap rebate based on what he actually earns. The big problem in reality is his $800,000 roster bonus - it's not a signing bonus so hits the cap in full this year. We can't afford that for what we get out of him.
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