The best thing about getting cut is the knowledge that you still get all of your guaranteed money. Right after that comes free agency.
For veterans like DeMarcus Ware it’s an opportunity to cash in on another $20 million before totally falling apart, while giving himself a great shot at the Super Bowl trip he was never going to get in Dallas. For others like Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward, it’s a chance to join forces. For a team like the Broncos it’s a chance to do their best impression of the defense that pantsed them a few months ago.
But the Best Week goes to Darrelle Revis, who takes Talib’s place in suburban chowdertown. Like DeMarcus, he gets to head to a likely playoff team. Unlike DeMarcus, he gets to collect his guaranteed $12 million for next season, then do it all over again. Something he’ll likely do while coming off of a season as a standout player on a playoff team. And by the time the Jets are making their tough decision to release Eric Decker a year from now, Revis will be signing the fourth contract of his career, one that will pay him at least $25 million in guaranteed money.
Meanwhile, in Oakland…
It’s only fair that Reggie McKenzie and Rodger Saffold share the title of Worst Week. The former is the General Manager who was responsible for allowing a proven left tackle to leave via free agency, while replacing him with Saffold, a more expensive, and less proven commodity. Oh, and then Saffold went ahead and failed his physical, means the Raiders have nothing. Meanwhile, Saffold goes back to the Rams, where he’ll take a slight paycut. But what’s a few million when it means not having to play for the Raiders.