Guest Aloysius Posted December 3, 2008 Report Share Posted December 3, 2008 This was started as a response to something Russ wrote in another thread, but it got so long that I figured it deserved a thread of its own. Phillip should have hit on some UDFA's this year because they scouted the shit out of them since they had no picks. Cribbs fell in the Browns lap. He was a total local product that everybody from around here knew was a badass football player. I agree, though I'd add that Alex Hall pretty much a UDFA that we decided to lock up with a late pick. Also, James Lee looked like a promising young o-lineman, but we let him get away to Tampa. Unless Isaac Sowells is secretly a phenomenal RT, I think we'll end up regretting that move. And once again, it seems like Phil Savage was outdone by Bill Parcells: Undrafted Dolphins are excelling Though getting kickers & fullbacks as UDFA's isn't anything special, getting 30 catches out of a UDFA receiver certainly is. A snippet: How convinced were the Dolphins about [Davone] Bess? Agent Ken Zuckerman said GM Jeff Ireland, immediately after the draft, told him, "I really like this kid, and he's going to make our team." And Zuckerman said upon signing Bess, Dolphins college scout Adam Engroff told him, "We have our Wes Welker." And how Jameel McClain ended up signing with the linebacker-rich Ravens still confuses me. In very limited play, he's got 1.5 sacks, and he's been very good on specials, notching a bunch of tackles and a blocked punt. How come the Ravens get to sign him, but we sign guys like Chase Ortiz? Maybe this part of the article helps explain why we didn't get McClain: Agent Peter Schaffer said "a bunch of teams" inquired about fullback Polite -- waived by the Bears in late August -- but "Bill and Jeff made it a no-brainer. Players know if you go to a Parcells/Ireland team it helps their career because they give players equal opportunity regardless of their draft status.'' Though Schaffer's clearly sucking up to Tuna here, you have to wonder: do prospective UDFA's see this as a place where they'll have a fair shot to make the team & get considerable playing time? Did our front office's moves, which signaled that we were gearing up for a Super Bowl run, scare away agents who thought their guys would only get playing time on a young, rebuilding squad? And where does RAC fit into all of this? Looking forward, I think there are two things the next coaching staff (& FO?) could do to help us get more priority UDFA's: Let Hall challenge Wimbley for the starting ROLB spot. If agents actually care about players getting "equal opportunity regardless of draft status," then letting a 7th Rounder unseat a top pick could send a message, both to future UDFA's and our current players. Pay Cribbs. He's the one UDFA who's really helped us, and he signed a ridiculously below-market deal a few years back. Give him a good deal, maybe with an escape hatch in year 3 or 4 in case his body breaks down. If we give solid money to an undrafted guy, that should get the attention of some agents. Maybe not as much as when San Diego gave big money to UDFA Jyles Tucker after his rookie season, but it'll help. As I mentioned in another thread, our hit rate on draft choices is up there with a bunch of good-drafting teams. But if we acquire two or three starting-caliber UDFA's over the next couple of years, that will work wonders for our cap and, hopefully, our record. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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