I don’t often pay too much attention to other teams, especially the bottom of their roster. When Sean Payton became the head coach of the New Orleans Saints, he brought along several mid-level players. Terrance Copper, Billy Cundiff, Scott Fujita, Scott Shanle, and Rob Pettiti. Understandably, Payton had a familiarity with the players and their work ethic and he preferred to dance with the devil he knew. Fast forward a few years and Bill Parcells accepted the top role with the Dolphins. Tony Sparano and Jeff Ireland headline the Dallas departures along with Anthony Fasano, Lousaka Polite, and Jason Ferguson. You would not build a team around the players that left Dallas, but it is within reason that Parcells would bring in players with a solid work ethic and who would set the tone in the locker room for Coach Sparano.
Finally we reach the Bengals. They have the Cowboys former defensive coordinator, Mike Zimmer. They also have Roy Williams (safety), Antonio Bryant, Tank Johnson, Adam Jones, and Terrell Owens. The Bengals even contacted the Cowboys during the 2009 season to initiate a trade for Martellus Bennett. The Bengals are like homeless people waiting in the alley for the bakery to throw away rolls and bagels. While I have concerns about Flozell Adams finding work for the 2010 season, I’m beginning to think that his agent simply hasn’t contacted the Bengals. Owens signed a one year contract, so my guess is that the Bengals are biding their time while quietly eying the potential release of Roy Williams (wide receiver).
I’m not sure if there is a rhyme or reason as to why the Cowboys castoffs gravitate to Cincinnati, but I have mixed feelings about picking them to finish last in the AFC North. I want the Bengals to put the Steelers in their place (preferably last), and yet every identified player left the Cowboys with some feeling of good riddance. Personally, I’d like to see Quincy Carter back in the league. If Cincinnati is a refuge for former Cowboys, I believe he would be well suited to holding a clipboard.
Tags: Adam Jones Anthony Fasano Antonio Bryant Bill Parcells Billy Cundiff Flozell Adams Jason Ferguson Jeff Ireland Lousaka Polite Martellus Bennet Mike Zimmer New Orleans Saints Pittsburgh Steelers Quincy Carter Rob Pettiti Roy Williams Scott Fujita Scott Shanle Sean Payton Tank Johnson Terrance Copper Terrell Owens Tony Sparano