Well, the Carlos Hyde dilemma was solved rather quickly in free agency as the NFL saw about 10,000 players switch teams. Hyde went to the Browns, who if nothing else have turned over about 75% this offseason. But enough about them. The 49ers in turn signed the Vikings 2nd string RB in Jerick Jet McKinnon. A guy I don’t know that much about other than he’s fast, catches well out of the backfield, and looks to share time with Joe Williams.
Works for me. Hyde is a good tough back, but he didn’t fit in with this system as it calls for RBs to be pass catchers, and Hyde isn’t as good as he should be. We’ll be getting Jet to the edge and the flat I’m sure to maximize his speed as opposed to slamming him into the line. Hey we made Matt Brieda look pretty good, so this should work out.
In other news, The Vikings got the services of Kirk Cousins to the tune of 3 years, $84 mill. Wow. Seeing as they made the playoffs with the three-headed waiver wire guys last year, they look to be very happy. Shit, KC and the Sunshine Chiefs look like a brand new team as well, what with their backing of Pat Mahomes and the acquisition of Sammy Watkins. These are two playoff teams that look much improved.
Shit, even Green Bay, the antithesis of free agent pickups went out and got Jimmy Graham. The bad news? Well, good for us, the Cardinals signed Sam Bradford to a ridiculous one year/$20 mill deal ($15 mill guaranteed!). Between injuries and so-so play, the guy is middling personified. He’s missed more games than he’s played, and in those games, he’s .500. That gets you the same money as Tom Brady? Wow.
Looks like the Niners and the Rams will be fighting for the NFC West crown this year. Az is fading, and Seattle is imploding their team for a rebuild. Bring it on!