St. Patrick’s Day, a date synonymous with partying, drinking and eating multiple servings of corned beef and cabbage, yet for some fans this is the day of reckoning because NFL Free Agency is upon us and through two days it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions. Let’s start with the Dallas Cowboys. Cowboys fans love Jason Witten. You know they love him when even they defend his Monday Night commentating in 2018. He’s gone to the Las Vegas Raiders on a 1 year deal. The hits keep on coming for Dallas though as Robert Quinn, stud defensive end, leaves to the Bears on a 5 year 70 million dollar deal. But hey they still have Byron Jones at least. In the iconic words of Lee Corso, not so fast my friend as Jones joins the Dolphins on a 5 year 82.5 million dollar contract. They were able to retain Amari Cooper on a 5 year 100 million dollar deal and tag Dak Prescott for one more year so not all is lost in Dallas.
Tom Brady leaving the Patriots, that will never happen, not in this lifetime right? Wrong! TB12 might actually be taking his talents to TB, Tampa Bay that is and join the Bucs but again I must stress these are rumors, we have no clue where he is going. We do know that he has officially announced that he is done with the Patriots so a sad day for all of Patriot nation. The Saints got Drew back as Brees signs a 2 year 50 million dollar deal so perhaps next year will finally be the year he can win that elusive second championship.
However, the biggest shocker of all might have been the trade that sent DeAndre Hopkins, perennially one of the top 5 receivers in the NFL, and a 4th round pick this year to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for David Johnson and a second round pick this year and 4th round pick next year. Listen I’m no Houston Texan fan, but what is this deal? DeAndre Hopkins is the only guy able to stay on the field for multiple games in a row at the receiver position and Deshaun Watson has shown the ability to get him the ball no matter how tight the defense is. I understand that the running game has been lacking as of late, but David Johnson hasn’t been a top running back since 2016 and injuries have severely hampered his ability to make explosive plays. Now maybe Bill O’Brien had a contentious relationship with Hopkins, we may never know but as of now this move has been lambasted across social media and rightfully so.
Those have been the biggest highlights of the first two days of NFL Free Agency and while we may not have live sports going on, at the very least we have billionaire owners foolishly spending money in ways most of us can only laugh at. Keep tuned in to pubsportsradio.com for more blogs and podcasts to keep you sane during this stressful time.