The St. Louis Rams have released veteran Torry Holt. Holt was part of the “Greatest Show on Turf” under the Mike Martz offense with Issaac Bruce and Kurt Warner. Since Warner and Martz left that show has been rather drab. After failing to reach a trade with the WR, the Rams decided it was best to just let him go. Which means you and I both know exactly where the WR is going.
The New York Jets.
It makes complete sense. The Patriots have Randy Moss and now Greg Lewis to go along with the little engine Wes Welker. The Bills have Phins killer Lee Evans and now have added the biggest mouth in football, Terrell Owens. The Jets? Well, they got rid of Laveranues Coles and replaced him with…yep you guessed it, no one yet.
The talk is that the Jets are targeting one of the top WR’s in next months draft. Darrius Heyward-Bey and Hakeem Nicks come to mind and seem to find slots on many a mock draft next to an image of a white jet on green. I don’t believe that will nescessarily change but Holt will have a home by next weekend. It makes perfect sense for him to end up in NY.
The Miami Dolphins, with more than a few questions at the cornerback position despite the meager attempt at fan pacification with former Cardinal Eric Green, may very well have to face 3 of the best pure WR’s in the game. It’s only fitting really. Is it karma? Is it Murphy’s Law? Dumb luck? Personally, I don’t think it’s any of it. I think the Hall of Fame God’s are setting this up to make the Dolphins stronger.
The Phins had one year of success last season and prior to that it was ugly for a long time. Too long. Now, this new regime is continuing their rebuild despite last years success. There are not top named overpayed for veterans wined and dined. There is no frivolous spending on ageing but still capable veterans. No, this group came into town with the goal of building this team through the draft. A strong, in your face, determined team. They are doing exactly that.
We tend to look at free agency as a missed opportunity on the outside looking in. We let Andre’ Goodman go. Was he really worth 4 to 5 million a year? We let Renaldo Hill go. Was he worth the 2-3 million that Denver shelled out for a back-up safety? Yes, we let guys like Jason Brown head to St. Louis but now they are cutting a guy like Holt because they don’t have money to pay their rookies.
So the Phins will continue with their approach to rebuilding and the AFC East will continue to add top or once top WR’s. The young Phins corners will play against the best 6 times a year…and in the long run…they will be so much better for it.