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BillyCarpenter1 10-18-2003 03:46 PM

Saints Involved In "One of the worst free agent acquisitions
 
Saints Involved In "One of the worst free agent acquisitions in recent years."
From Len Passthejelly's Tip Sheet :

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Green Bay coach Mike Sherman deserves a lot of credit for essentially conceding that the Packers made a huge mistake in signing defensive end Joe Johnson as an unrestricted free agent in the spring of 2002. OK, sure, Sherman and his staff deserve the blame, too, for investing a $6.5 million signing bonus on Johnson, a player many teams considered in decline during his last two seasons in New Orleans, where he was beginning to get just a bit too brittle. But most teams would compound the error by keeping the player around and trying to justify the investment. That isn't going to happen in Green Bay where, after his latest season-ending injury, Johnson has played his last game for the Packers. The quadriceps injury, which follows a torn triceps that limited Johnson to just five games in 2002, will earn the veteran end a pink slip at the end of the year. It's just a matter of when the Packers release Johnson, before next June 1, or after, which would permit the club to amortize out his signing bonus over two seasons. The Packers will have paid Johnson a shade over $10 million in two seasons. Their return: Just 496 snaps, 23 total tackles, and two sacks. Chalk it up as one of the worst free agent acquisitions in recent years. And laud Sherman for having the temerity to admit it.


whowatches 10-18-2003 03:51 PM

Saints Involved In "One of the worst free agent acquisitions
 
Great article. Very nice to hear. Just think how many players we have signed with that cash. Johnson had a couple of great years for us, but I think letting him go was a great thing to do in hindsight.

I hope the same type of article doesn\'t come out in a couple of years about our deal to acquire Tebucky Jones.


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