fun gus wrote:
So they did not have 'three friggin months' to rework his deal. Until he is medically cleared to play, you dont enter into restructure talks.
Wrong. The Falcons doctors have been monitoring Ovie's injury, rehab, and progress for months now. They know exactly what is going on. Don't you find it interesting that the Falcons offseason program starts on April 23, and Ovie is cleared to go full go in practice on May 4?
Do you honestly believe that when Ovie had his year-end physical back and January or February, that the team doctors, trainers, etc. didn't know he would be back by around this time? These medical and athletic professionals with decades of experience are unable to give a prognosis on when Ovie could be ready to go, and thus allow the football decision makers a good time-table and idea of how to move forward?
Do you think if the Minnesota Vikings approached Adrian Peterson about restructuring the $96 million deal he signed back in September, they could not because he's not medically cleared to play?http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikin ... 01185.html
You mean because they don't have an exact time-table for his return to the field, and their September target is just a rough estimate, in the meantime if Zygi Wilf/Rick Spielman wanted to shave $5 million off their cap for this year, they could not because Peterson is not medically cleared to play and therefore his deal is untouchable?
You mean to tell me the same team that negotiated a six-year $30 million deal with Ray Edwards last summer, when he wasn't medically cleared to play, forcing him to sit out essentially 15 days of practice last summer, can't do a similar thing with Ovie? Is it somehow different because Edwards was only going to be held out for a few weeks, rather than a few months? They can negotiate a six-year deal that guarantees an injured player $11 million over the course of 72 hours, but they can't negotiate a deal that shaves $2-3 million off an injured players' deal over 72 days?
The Falcons couldn't have approached Ovie back in February and tried to re-do a deal and then to tell him upfront that if they cannot solve the issue by March 13, they would cut him. They would want to bring him back for a 1-yr. veteran minimum deal like Todd McClure. He would be allowed to shop himself around to see if he can get a better deal like McClure was.
If not, the Falcons would welcome him back with open arms on the cheap. But otherwise they would move on. If the team was worried about other teams thinking they might draft a FB, then all they had to do was mention publicly their plan to move Jason Snelling to fullback full-time and have him compete with Mike Cox, who they really like a lot, and all of a sudden no other teams really think you're interested in a fullback because why would you be when you just shelled out a three-year deal with Snelling.
If Ewing is there in the draft in that scenario, you take advantage of your little ruse and draft him. If not, and if no team signed Ovie in the intervening 8 weeks because as you
say he wasn't medically cleared to play (therefore it's foolish/crazy to negotiate a deal with him), then you can easily sign him back for a 1-yr. veteran minimum deal after the draft right around the team he would be cleared medically. That would have been the best strategy on how to handle the situation. The Falcons get what they want: a younger FB, and they don't dick over Ovie Mughelli from testing the market.
That's exactly how your boy Belichick would have handled the situation, which is basically what they did with their RB position by letting the overpriced Law Firm walk and then go behind and sign Addai after the draft.
Will the presence of Ovie on or off the roster dramatically impact the Falcons 2012 season? Probably not. Maybe the running game is just 5 or 10% less effective. But what is interesting to me is that in the past two off-seasons, for a team that prides itself on running the football and being physical, has cut bait with their two most physical and impact run blockers: First Harvey Dahl, then Ovie Mughelli. Why? Not because they were making themselves into a better team, but basically because they are being cheap and/or lazy. $38 million undeservedly goes to Justin Blalock last summer, but the team can't find it within themselves to pay $16 million to the better football player in Harvey Dahl for whatever reason. And now with Ovie Mughelli because the team refused to try
and make it work financially with him. Don't say they didn't have a choice because they definitely did. This team chose
to re-work only two deals this entire off-season: Dunta Robinson and Justin Blalock. They could have signed Matt Ryan and Brent Grimes long-term, re-worked Turner, Baker, Jerry, Babineaux, among others. But they chose
And people wonder why I complain so much, and why I "hate" so much. Because it's these little moves like this that add up which is what prevents a team like us from getting over the hump. This is why I say this team doesn't self-evaluate well and thus far why this front office/coaching staff is incapable
of building a championship-caliber team. It thinks it's a better football team with Antone Smith/Dimitri Nance/Mike Cox than Ovie Mughelli on the roster? It think it's a better football team with Kerry Meier on the roster rather than Michael Jenkins? This team thinks Justin Blalock is worth $12 million more than Harvey Dahl?
And they think this is the best team that they can possibly field? Keep dreaming, Thomas.