Thursday, March 13, 2014
Should 2011 Eagles offer pause for Denver?
By Todd Archer
The Denver Broncos have won the offseason title and free agency is not even four days old.
John Elway signed safety T.J. Ward to a four-year, $23 million deal that guarantees him $14 million. He stole cornerback Aqib Talib away from the New England Patriots with a six-year, $57 million deal that guarantees him $26 million. Then he thanked the Dallas Cowboys for their cap woes and unwillingness to pay DeMarcus Ware and signed Ware to a three-year, $30 million deal that includes $20 million guaranteed.
Ware will make $250,000 more with the Broncos this year than he would have with the Cowboys.
Add those three to an offense that will still put up points even if Eric Decker leaves and Denver should be viewed as the favorites in the AFC.
In fact, they might look like a "Dream …" Sorry. Got something stuck in my throat. "A Dream …" Man, there it goes again.
One more time: A dream team.
Could the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles serve as a reminder that a "dream team" doesn’t mean a Super Bowl team?
To refresh: The Eagles loaded up with Jason Babin (five years, $28 million), Cullen Jenkins (five years, $25 million) and Nnamdi Asomugha (five years, $60 million). They traded Kevin Kolb and got Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in return. They added serviceable pieces in Ronnie Brown and Evan Mathis turned out to be a steal.
Then they signed Vince Young, who came up with the dream-team tag.
And Philadelphia finished 8-8.
The Broncos have Peyton Manning, so it’s hard to see an 8-8 season. But what happens if Manning gets hurt?