Negative Offseason Transactions That Could Hurt Teams
BetUS NFL sports betting enthusiasts that are gearing up for the start of the 2009 NFL wagering season should know that, in the new-age NFL, franchises that makes the right free agent transactions during the NFL’s annual offseason free agent signing period, can be lifted from the status of pretender to legitimate contender in the blink of an eye.
However, for those teams that don’t make the correct free agent transactions, either by failing to address a key need – or by bringing in the wrong players – can reverse their good fortunes just as quickly as a blossoming team can improve.
With that said, this look at the worst NFL free agent transactions this offseason, will help NFL sports betting members to make wise NFL wagering selections in the bettor-friendly BetUS Sportsbook on a weekly basis beginning with the NFL’s annual preseason contests.
With NFL training camps getting under way in a matter of weeks, let’s get started.
While the Philadelphia Eagles (9-6-1 SU, 10-6 ATS, 7-8-1 O/U in 2008) pulled off two solid free agent signings by adding veteran cornerback Ellis Hobbs and Pro Bowl offensive tackle Jason Peters, the Birds also make the list for teams that made some of the worst offseason free agent decisions as well.
Fist and foremost, the Eagles’ failure to land – or even go after – disgruntled Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin – was a huge mistake that can not be understated in my estimation. Boldin would have given the Eagles the first top-flight receiver that Donovan McNabb has had since Terrell Owens took his idiotic act out of the City of Brotherly Love following a brief but tumultuous tenure with the Birds a few seasons ago. No disrespect to feet-footed soon-to-be second-year receiver DeSean Jackson, who I think is going to be a star one day, but Boldin could have been an immediate difference-maker for the Eagles and one that could have helped to push the Super Bowl contenders over the top.
The Eagles also make this list for parting ways with too many of their former players that could have still been key contributors to the team’s success this coming season, most notably, veteran safety Brian Dawkins, a player that can still get the job done and ‘lay the hammer’ almost as well as any safety in the game today.
Philadelphia also let running back Correll Buckhalter, wide receiver Greg Lewis, tight end L.J. Smith, tackle Tra Thomas and cornerback Lito Sheppard, but the biggest and most perplexing loss was that of Dawkins. The Eagles are +1600 to win Super Bowl XLIV in the BetUS Sportsbook.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers (9-7 SU, 8-8 ATS, 8-8 O/U in 2008) foolishly parted ways with at least two veterans that could still help this team in a big way in quarterback Jeff Garcia and running back Warrick Dunn. Tampa Bay also parted ways with a slew of other veterans including wide receivers Joey Galloway and Ike Hilliard, tight end, Alex Smith, longtime Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Brooks and defensive end Kevin Carter.