Who’s out there? Who could be available?
With so many teams alive in a balanced, balanced NFL, the pickings are thin. You’re not going out and getting a Julio Jones from Atlanta or A.J. Green from Cincy.
But there are options, and the one that shines brightest is Larry Fitzgerald in Arizona. Fitzgerald’s contract is huge, an albatross to a non-contender at an amortized $15 million a year. But at 30 years old, Fitzgerald is a blue-chipper sitting at the top of his game. The only thing missing in his career is a Super Bowl ring. The cash cost/cap hit might offset the asking price, though. Belichick would have to pay, but it would be at a cost of one premier draft pick, not two or three.
Fitzgerald would be the ultimate. How would you like to hit December with him at the lead receiver spot, Amendola at the Welker spot and both the top two rookies fighting for No. 3, with Gronkowski wreaking havoc in the seam. Suddenly, the Pats are true contenders.
With the Patriots not playing Sunday, I had the opportunity to check out Cleveland, long enough to know that Brandon Weeden isn’t leading the Browns to the promised land any time soon. Davone Bess is a veteran that the Browns might part with at around $3 million per year. Cleveland, in grabbing Bess from the Dolphins, basically came for the equivalent of a fifth-round pick.
Bess can play. He’s exceptional in the return game. Wouldn’t you love to see if the Browns would nibble on a third- or fourth-rounder?
Finally, and I hate to chew on what is an already emaciated carcass, but what about talking to the Jags? The name Cecil Shorts III is an intriguing one, considering he caught 55 balls for 979 yards last year with their QB situation.