Brandt on crazy receiver contracts

Colts fans received a surprise after Pierre Garçon departed in free agency in the form of the legendary Reggie Wayne. While we can all agree that Wayne isn’t a receiver in his prime, the lockerroom leadership and consistency is an incredible boost for a team seeking a new identity. Still, this is hardly the receiving group to which we’ve been accustomed to seeing in Indianapolis.

Our friend Andrew Brandt takes a hard look at receiver contracts and offers a few tips about free agency I found particularly enlightening during this momentary period of insanity:

First, a couple of mantras from my years of watching free agency (and hoping in Green Bay that we would avoid the “stupid money” payouts of the first few days shopping sprees):

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    • Some of the best deals made are the ones not made
    • Never let impulse or emotion override rational decision making, and
    • Teams that “win” March rarely play in January

That’s why you should love the decision to let Garçon walk and retain Wayne instead.

Todd Smith

About Todd Smith

Todd Smith is a part-time sportswriter who spends too much time arguing on Twitter. What he really loves is eating poorly and watching football. He got his first Colts t-shirt in 1984 shortly after the Mayflower trucks arrived and has never given up on his hometown team. He also still holds to the belief that Kordell Stewart stepped out of the end zone and thus cheated the Colts.

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