He just couldn’t resist it. Months of discipline and careful spending have been flushed down the toilet. Let’s face it, it’s not FUN to keep your core players and expand through the draft. There’s no immediate gratification. Dan Snyder had to try to throw all his draft picks at the Bengals to get a big splash for his team. We’re just lucky that the Bengals are crazier than we are.
We don’t know all the details, but unless the escalation clause that turned that third round pick into a first rounder involved us winning the superbowl, we offered waaaay too much for a 30 year old disgruntled wideout. I think Chad Johnson would be a great addition to any team, but not at that price tag. Especially not when you consider that Chad Johnson would want a new contract to go with his relocation. Two first rounders and a huge chunk of our salary cap is not a sound investment. When the hell will we learn?
After being denied by Cincinnati, we apparently ran straight to Arizona. Jason La Canfora wrote here that we haven’t given up on our search to piss our draft away. More recent posts talk about our trips to visit actual draft candidates, but they sound almost like an afterthought. I’m really worried that those draft picks are burning a hole in Dan’s pocket.
I’m not opposed to a trade, but we’re stuck with a reputation for paying too much and teams are less likely to give us a fair deal. A year of frugal discipline would have helped us wash away the stain of bad trades in the past. But now that’s all gone. Even if we hold onto our picks and draft well, we still hurt our credibility and cemented our crazy spending-spree reputation for yet another year.
I want very badly to like Dan Snyder. I really do. He’s a real fan and I don’t doubt he loves the Redskins as much as I do. I just wish he would see that his meddling is hurting the team rather than helping it. Or, at the very least, the appearance of his meddling is hurting the team and he needs to get this PR and bad reputation sorted out. I’m still ashamed of the way we treated Gregg Williams and totally botched our coaching search. I suppose it’s possible that I’m blaming Dan unfairly (who knows what really goes on behind closed doors?), but the media keeps using him as a punching bag and he can’t seem to avoid making himself look like a clown. One way or another, the responsibility is his, and instead of correcting it he seems to have made it worse this year.