Dipoto has gone for it, albeit in his own way. He has tried to make his team a winner. Regression and the injury bug came for the Mariners in 2017, as they always seem to do, and it may have been the penultimate nail in the coffin. Even if Dipoto did lure Darvish to the northwest, it would be difficult to see the team as better than the ones in Houston and Anaheim. But the team is on its last breaths, and signing a good starter could mean getting good prospects in a trade if things go south.
With Matt Forte retiring, the Jets responded to their perceived need at halfback alongside Bilal Powell by giving Crowell a three-year, $12 million deal with $5 million in guarantees.
It’s not a huge outlay, and the Jets could very easily be out of this deal by 2019, but there’s not much evidence Crowell is any better than the scads of running backs who are available in this market.
Behind one of the league’s most expensively assembled offensive lines, Crowell ranked 38th out of 47 backs in success rate last season.
The Vikings headed toward the 2018 offseason with Keenum, Bradford and Bridgewater set to become unrestricted free agents. Spielman didn’t believe strongly enough that any of the three were the answer.
Not that he has led the Redskins into the promised land, either. Cousins doesn’t even have a winning record as a starter (26-30-1) let alone a playoff victory after the 2015 Redskins were smashed by the Packers in his lone postseason appearance.
Cousins, though, has consistently shown the potential to make a championship run during his three seasons at the helm in Washington. He also is the free-agent version of Moby Dick.
Niners defensive coordinator Robert Saleh was an assistant with the Seahawks and Jaguars under Gus Bradley, so he should have no difficulty finding a familiar spot for Sherman along the sidelines.
The future Pro Football Hall of Fame candidate was able to sign a three-year, $39.2 million deal one day after being released by the Seahawks, who didn’t want to pay him an $11 million base salary in 2018.