The contract in which OJ signed was a respectable 5 year 29 million deal. This in part should be considered a win for both parties. Considering how much salary cap the Redskins have to spare due to Albert Haynesworth, I can’t understand why Miami didn’t make this offer.
What did the front office see in Clemons this year? Clemons didn’t have a veteran presence or mentor for him to learn from. Signing OJ would have been the best move in the development of this young prospect. Secondly, we still cannot be comfortable with having Clemons and Jones battling for the Free Safety position come training camp, which now forces our front office to use a draft pick towards the defensive side of the ball. If we draft DeAndre McDaniels, then all of this is a moot point, due to the difference that I think this top 20 elite prospect can have for our team. However, it provides the opportunity cost of passing on a player that might assist in the development of our weakest area – our offense.
We know that our front office is looking towards adding a safety based on a recent interview with Jeff Ireland:
And finally Appalachian State free safety Mark Legree has also met informally with the Dolphins. He finished his career with 22 career picks and is a really solid potential late round pick. He measured in at Indy at 5’11 and 210lbs he’s a big hitting ball hawk. Twice nominated for the Buck Buchanan award and the only FCS defender ever to appear on the Nagurski watch list, he backed up the Bucs Corey Lynch before taking over the starting reins and playing at an All American level. He ran a very solid 4.56 forty at the Combine, put up 21 on the bench and had a better short shuttle time – 4.09 – than Brandon Harris, Davon House and Marcus Gilchrist and trailed Prince Amukamara – 4.08 – and Patrick Peterson – 4.09 – by the narrowest of margins
Using one of our front office metaphors, we basically thought this acorn would stop the development of a player? Someone tell me how Clemons development would have been affected? How would adding a proven playmaker to our already young and exciting secondary not be the most ideal move for our team? Reviewing game tape of last year, what was our biggest flaw for our secondary….missed game changing plays. Within the past two years, OJ was ranked in the top 5 for takeaways and game changing plays. OJ would have provided knowledge to Sean Smith on how to fully grasp interrupting a jumped route. He would have given advice to Vontae Davis on double moves, and over the top help. He would have provided the veteran presence in the Robber Technique which would have allowed Bell to creep up and implement the Spy, for the strong safety. Instead we are now left, with ‘woulda, coulda, shoulda’ scenarios.
Maybe I am wrong here, since I love to review our secondary. Maybe, Clemons and Jones turn out to be amazing talents in the upcoming season(s). Maybe the front office see’s something that I don’t. But there are way to ‘maybes’ that could have been resolved with a simple signing.