egoprime II Posted February 17, 2012 Share Posted February 17, 2012 It is rare that a player as talented as Mario Williams is available to the highest bidder...but it has happened before.In the early days of unrestricted free agency, back in the early nineties. Philadelphia was faced with losing All World DE Reggie White. I do not recall if the franchise label was available then...I do know White shopped around some. White ended up in Green Bay where he was very productive and was instrumental in leading the Packers to two Super Bowls, winning one.Right now Mario Williams is our era's Reggie White. Like White, Williams will not come cheap. Like White, Williams has to be specially game planned for or he can devastate an offense.If you look at the circumstances which are making Williams available, you might realize just how rare it is that such a player can be had at all. Jared Allen was traded for a first and third round picks. Our own Abraham was traded for a first round pick. Williams can be had for NO compensation at all when he hits the market.Teams spend high picks and a lot of time to develop pass rushers, hoping they will work out. We used, or rather wasted, the number 8 pick in the 2007 draft on Jamaal Anderson. Then the Falcons waited four years to see if he would develop, four very wasted years. Remember when McKay could have traded first second and third round picks that year to Detroit and we could have gotten Calvin Johnson? Instead we used those picks on Anderson, CB Houston and WR Robinson. That kind of decision making is what cost McKay his GM posting.In other words you can find average or above average players fairly easily. But elite talents you simply have to go after when they are available.Many on these boards keep saying we cannot afford to pursue and sign Williams. I say, we simply have to go after a player of his caliber and -hope- TD and Blank can land him. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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