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Top 10 free-agent gambles

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by wrbanwal, Mar 22, 2008.

  1. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    Free agency is always a gamble, but the class of 2008 might make bookmakers in Las Vegas nervous.

    Of the first 78 players to move to different teams, 48 played less than 50 percent of the downs last season for their previous squads. Over the past three decades, the NFL has developed into a league of role players and situational substitutions. So those figures aren't unusual.

    Still, it's a gamble to spend millions of dollars for players who aren't on the field half the time. Some teams are taking a chance that backups can convert to starters. Others are gambling that players can switch positions and live up to their massive contracts.

    The stakes are high, but teams have to take gambles to improve. Here are 10 of the biggest and most interesting gambles less than two weeks into the hottest free-agency period in NFL history.


    3. Falcons betting on the long run: Nobody argues that former San Diego Chargers backup Michael Turner was the best running back in free agency. He's big. He's fast. His nickname is The Burner. When LaDainian Tomlinson needed a breather, Turner would strike fear in defenses, slamming his 237-pound body into the line and breaking long runs.

    The Atlanta Falcons didn't blink in giving him a six-year, $34.5 million contract and a $15 million signing bonus. But banking on Turner as a starting running back is still a gamble. He's never had more than 80 carries in a season and he's never played more than 12 percent of the offensive snaps in a season. The Raiders gambled that Jets backup LaMont Jordan can be the full-time starter, and that didn't work out. The Vikings gambled on Chester Taylor and succeeded.




    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=clayton_john&id=3289406
     
  2. EsDee_in_RI

    EsDee_in_RI Well-Known Member

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    I see what he's saying but, I wish the best for turner cuase he stepped it up when he needed too. He is not a gamble.
     
  3. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

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    I believe Michael will be a great addition for a hurting Falcons team & wish him the best - unless they're playing us!! :lol:
     
  4. Boltdiehard

    Boltdiehard Well-Known Member

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    Lamont Jordan was also running behind the Raiders O-Line. :lol:


    The Burner is going to tear it up in Atlanta. :bolt:
     
  5. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Turner will be good.
     
  6. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

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    Could be a fantasy sleeper.
     
  7. BrOnCoS/32/33

    BrOnCoS/32/33 BoltTalker

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    Michael Turner isn't a gamble but its gonna be really hard for him to run in the Falcons,teams are going to stack the box.
     
  8. twilight15

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    I think Turner will do excellent in Atlanta and help out the Falcons alot. I wish him the best of luck over there and will watch when I can
     
  9. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    I say a solid 2nd or 3rd round pick in most leagues.
     

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