The latest team to make the bad move is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Trying to re-gain some of their past success running the football, the Bucs signed Warrick Dunn to a two-year deal for $6 million Monday night. The deal is reportedly worth $3 million the first season. For what?
For a 33-year-old back who the Atlanta Falcons let go because they didn't think he had the same pop into the hole as he did when he was younger. Dunn has had a nice career. And he's always been an effective runner, but he's on his last legs. With a draft so deep in runners, why would the Bucs bother?
I know thye have a lot of cap room, but this is a move that smells of trying to re-live the past. Dunn played his first five seasons with the Bucs before leaving as a free agent to sign with Atlanta. They can forget about bringing back the old magic. They'd be better off with Earnest Graham and a young runner, rather than a smalish, older back on his last legs.
When will these teams learn the rule about paying aging back?