INDIANAPOLIS -- I love it when fans and the media all go nuts when a team decides it won't bring back a veteran free agent who is over 30 years old.
He is 33 years old and the Colts played six games without him last year and they have a second-year player in Jamie Richard who the team insiders say is ready to take over as a starter.
Why pay Saturday?
That's the great thing about Colts general manager Bill Polian. He's always ready with a replacement when it's time. "The club that we have coming back, specifically on the offensive line absent Jeff, we feel very good about," Polian said. "After all, we were without Jeff for five games, and did well. We'd love to have him back and we'll do what we can to make that happen."
But if he wants big money, he can forget about it in Indianapolis. Polian made the right decision to pay corner Kelvin Hayden and not pay Saturday. Hayden is 26 and his best football is in front of him. Saturday's is behind him.
As for Marvin Harrison, he's gone. And he should be.
Harrison is far from the same player he was two years ago. He's a second receiver -- at best.
There's no way he's worth the $9 million he's scheduled to make. The team would love to cut his salary, but Harrison is balking.
He will be released this week and will be free for whoever wants him. Here's a bet: He isn't going to earn anything close to $9 million a year.
If he does, the GM of that team should be fired.
- There's a perception making its way through the league that there won't be much of a market for Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. Want to bet? "All it takes is two teams to start bidding," said one NFC coach. That will happen. Haynesworth is the best player on the market. He makes people around him better. Is he a risk? That's for those who think he will take the money and not play. I think he plays well. He's matured. Here's a bet that he gets a deal that will make him by far the highest-paid defensive player in the league. No market? We'll see Friday.
- The Jaguars are trying to sign running back Maurice-Jones Drew to a long-term contract, but I hear the deal isn't as close to getting done as is being reported. But it's clear the Jaguars have made the commitment to Jones-Drew with the release of Fred Taylor. The issue I have is this: What's the rush? Didn't the Jaguars race out and sign David Garrard to a $60-million deal based on his one season starting? They should have waited to midway through the season to see if he was a one-hit wonder. As it turned out, he didn't come close to repeating his 2007 season. Now with the uncertainty that Jones-Drew can handle a 25-carry load -- he's never done it -- they're willing rush out and sign him to a big deal. That's shocking.
- Taylor to the New England Patriots is something that makes a lot of sense. The Patriots' up-tempo offense, which uses a lot of spread formations, is Taylor-made for him. Taylor would excel playing behind Tom Brady and that passing game. The Patriots love adding veterans who work hard and Taylor is that kind of player. If they get him, he will rush for 1,200 yards. Taylor will be also talking with the Buffalo Bills this week, but will meet with the Patriots after that.
- Sage Rosenfels to the Minnesota Vikings? Really? Is that the answer to their quarterback issues? Did anybody see his meltdown last season against the Colts? Why the Vikings don't sign Byron Leftwich is a mystery to me. He would be perfect for their offense. Sage Rosenfels? What, wasn't Tommy Kramer available?