Watching "Pawn Stars" last night brought the realization home that one man's trash is another man's mid-tier free agent.
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Seriously, whether it's a a Civil War rifle, a toy bartender who makes dirty martinis or Emmanuel Sanders, the value of a product is whatever someone is willing to fork over for it. Or, in the latter's case, whatever someone *verbally agrees* to fork over. You get the point.
Over the past week, we've seen incredible player movement based on this market reality, with the direct result being some power-shifting across the NFL -- and the indirect result being a re-jiggering of our NFL.com Power Rankings. All of these roster shakeups have the league hierarchy all shook up.
Let the dissension commence ...
Really? Boom! So maybe Jairus Byrd isn't as sexy a name as Revis or Ware; the acquisition was still big-time, and quite a coup for a front office thought to be sitting on the sidelines. Byrd and Kenny Vaccaro will comprise a dynamic duo in the back end. Who has a better safety tandem?
The Panthers finally got back on the football map last fall. Let's hope they don't crash back to Earth just because they end up having to rely on someone like Sidney Rice to convert on third-and-8.
1) Re-sign the guys you had to have ( Peanut Tillman , D.J. Williams).
2) Shore up the pass rush ( Lamarr Houston, Willie Young, Israel Idonije).
3) Let the luxury items go ( Josh McCown, Michael Bush, Julius Peppers).
We still wonder about giving so much guaranteed money to a guy (Houston) who has never broken the seven-sack threshold, but oh well. The defense needed help and the front office had cash.
1) Josh McCown parks Mike Glennon's butt on the bench and puts up a 3,700/25/10 line -- as in, nearly three TDs for every pick.
2) The Falcons' offensive line and defense struggles for the second year in a row.
3) Carolina continues to think the wide receiver position is completely pointless.