The NFL season has finally come to an end, but that does not mean football stops.
It is offseason time, and it is going to be a crazy year!
Heck, it’s already got a little crazy with the Los Angeles Rams and Detroit Lions blockbuster QB trade.
The NFL offseason officially begins with a wild QB market…and ends in chaos 🤯#GridironHeights season finale
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 9, 2021
Whoever comes up with those Gridiron Heights skits needs a raise.
Some teams will take the offseason by the horns and help their team get one step closer to glory.
Others will self implode by making terrible decisions and sinking themselves further into the quicksand.
I want to help out the teams that are about to self implode and give them some advice on who to avoid.
I know someone out there that needs an edge rusher is getting excited about this year’s market.
Let’s pump the brakes and see who we can scratch off our “free-agent targets” whiteboard.
1: EDGE Jadeveon Clowney
Clowney’s entire career has manifested because of one hit in college.
The Jadeveon Clowney hit will never get old🤯pic.twitter.com/7KxaeL71Iq
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) June 26, 2020
The problem with Clowney is he can make plays like this all the time, he just decides not to.
He turns off the motor constantly.
If Clowney feels like he was beaten off of the snap, he will give it one good push towards the QB and stop.
He also has a major problem with staying healthy.
In 7 seasons, Clowney has only played a full 16 game schedule once, back in 2017.
The Tennesse Titans paid him $13M to play for them in 2020.
He played 8 games, racked up 19 tackles, four for loss, forced one fumble, and had a whopping zero sacks.
The infatuation with this man needs to come to an end eventually.
All you have to do is scroll Twitter and everyone has Clowney in their top 5 free agent pass rusher list.
Unless you can snag him for $8M on a one-year deal, I want nothing to do with him.
Unfortunately, the market for EDGE rushers has blown up so much recently, and the fact that he is who he is, it will have to be another $13M season.
Stay away from this deal at all costs.
2: WR A.J. Green
Sometimes careers are wasted and superstars just cannot be saved.
This is the case for A.J. Green.
Yeah smacking someone upside their head if they have AJ Green on their roster
— Jeff Krisko (@JeffKrisko) February 10, 2021
A team will inevitably sign the 32-year-old to a $10M+ deal and will quickly realize that money could have been used in another area of need.
Current projections have him landing with the Ravens because one washed-up old man is not enough for them (see, Dez Bryant).
Don’t get me wrong, I do not hate A.J. Green by any means, I am just looking out for the team.
Green has always had great hands, a huge catch radius, and can run the route tree unlike any other guy his size.
Those days are behind us now.
The 2018 and 2019 seasons were almost complete losses with his injuries and he did not recover well for the 2020 season.
The only hope a team has is if they can get him healthy but also ensure he is in good physical shape so he can be on the field for 50% of the offensive snaps.
I shouldn’t need to say this, but if you are on the field for 50% of your team’s offensive snaps, you are not worth $10M a season.
3: RB Todd Gurley
The case for Gurley is similar to A.J. Green, except he is much younger at 26 years old.
Todd Gurley had his knee described as “very bad” back in March of 2020.
He has been dealing with arthritis in his surgically repaired knee (ACL tear) since his college days at Georgia.
It will all make sense when u know that Todd Gurley's knee are 45 years old lol
— Sanatan (@bigstatsFFA) February 14, 2021
Gurley was fortunate to get through the first few seasons with the Rams without any issues.
It all hit during the Rams playoff run to the Super Bowl in the 2018-2019 season.
Gurley could not get on the field, and if he did, it was extremely limited action.
Next stop, Atlanta on a 1 year, $5.5M deal.
After a relatively strong start to the season, his snaps decreased, and his season ended with career lows in carries, rushing yards, and touches.
His career is over unless someone wants to bring him to a situation like the Chiefs have with LeVeon Bell.
He won’t have a big impact on your team, but he will be cheap, and if you can get 5 good snaps out of him a game, that’s a win I guess.NEXT: What Is Tampa Bay Bucs HC Bruce Arians' Salary? (Updated)