Wednesday, March 17, 2004

It was quite surprising to find two teams, the Packers and Tampa Bay, bidding on Josh Bidwell. The signing bonus of $150,000 offered by both teams was microscopic in today's NFL free agency, but it was still interesting. I expected Bidwell to either be offered a 1 year deal by the Packers or end up in another team's camp for some competition to an incumbant punter. Bidwell wasn't a big success for the Packers considering that they actually spent a draft choice to acquire him, and he missed a season during his battle with cancer. Between the illness and the mild disappointment, Bidwell probably wanted to move on and put Green Bay behind him. Plus, Bidwell will probably not face any competition next season in Tampa Bay while with the Packers he would have to outkick Travis Dorsch because the small contract amount wouldn't guarantee Bidwell a roster spot.

More proof that I'm an idiot and Chad Clifton is a bargain for the Packers: Chicago paid $14 million in guaranteed money for starting right tackle/failed left tackle John Tait. Tait is a solid player, but his name doesn't bring images of Anthony Munoz to mind. Still, Chicago needed to improve their O-line that ranked as 26th in run blocking and 27th in pass blocking. Chicago probably would have been better off spending that money to improve their anemic 31st defensive pass rush. Is Chicago better off spending $14 million for Tait, when they could have resigned pass rusher Rosevelt Colvin last offseason for half of that amount? Who knows if Colvin will come back from his 2003 injury in New England, so maybe Chicago did the right thing, but its always good news to see Chicago making questionable roster moves (unfortunately Chicago figured out Kordell Stewart wasn't the answer to any question).

The Drew Henson experience landed in Dallas. So now Dallas has two former baseball prospects, Chad Hutchinson and Henson, as backup quarterbacks and one starting quarterback, Quincy Carter, who might be better off playing baseball. I have no idea whether Carter can throw or hit a breaking pitch, but after watching Carter in a couple of NFL games its possible that he is better at baseball then he is at running an NFL offense. I am glad Mike Sherman gave Henson a look, considered the possiblities, and then let the Henson sideshow move on to the most appropriate NFL team to be running a sideshow.

It is good to see the team giving Marcus Wilkins another shot. He showed some promise as a situational pass rusher and special team player in 2002, before injuries derailed his 2003 season. Hopefully his healthy return can improve the special teams and finally give the Packers a good reason to dump Jamal Reynolds.

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