Adam Schefter of NFL Network is reporting that free agent LB Calvin Pace, whom the Miami Dolphins heavily pursued, has opted to sign a massive deal with the New York Jets. The deal is said to be for six years, $42 million, with $22 million guaranteed.
This isn’t a huge loss for Miami. In fact, for the amount of money he ended up getting, I’m glad we didn’t sign him. Pace is a great player and has earned a large contract, but he doesn’t fit the theme of our free agent signings this year. I am however, upset that the Jets signed him. If we were in a bidding war with an NFC team, and lost, then I’d dismiss this rather quickly. Since it’s our division rival though, I am a little upset and irritated that we lost out. But what can you do? I don’t want to overpay a guy just to keep him away from our rival. The Dolphins don’t think he is worth this contract, so let the Jets take that gamble.
This news is good for fans of Jason Taylor. The potential acquisition of Pace would have fueled even more speculation of a Jason Taylor trade and in my opinion, it would have happened eventually.
Also of note, Randy Moss appears to have signed with the Patriots. I expected this, but we will have more news later.