Here's an interesting thing I was considering, now that free agency has just about wrapped up. I'm pretty darn happy with the haul and who has been brought back, with the notable exception of the fact that we lost Blake Costanzo, but signing Rock Cartwright is basically the best replacement in that vein. There's also a little bit of sadness to see Shawntae Spencer gone, but he just couldn't stick around at that cap number. So yes, all-in-all, pretty happy. But I wanted to take a look at two guys in particular.
The two guys I want to discuss are cornerback Perrish Cox and wide receiver Randy Moss. The latter was thought to be retired before being signed with no guaranteed dollars, while the former's troubles are well-document. He's got the mother of all off-the-field issues and I'm not keen on discussing it yet again. Needless to say, he arrives in San Francisco with very little fanfare.
But he did have a whole lot of potential before all of his issues. There is a topic on our Denver Broncos blog over a year ago asking if Cox could be the successor to Champ Bailey. Outside of the fact that he's not very fast, Cox is a very capable corner with a lot of upside. But again, there's tons of off-the-field issues, and he's a year removed from football. There could be nothing left and he could be cut during training camp.
With Moss, we have a player who is all used up, or at least, that's what most believe. When he does look decent, he screws it up by giving up. When he doesn't get the football, he gives up on a play. When he's being pressured too much by a cornerback, he gives up on a play. He runs a single route. Those are the negatives and realities of Moss in 2012. That doesn't mean that he can't change, it means that there's a significant hurdle.
Every season, he begins by saying he's feeling good now. We'll see if that's the case. My question to you, dear readers, is who you think will end up contributing more in 2012. I'm going to ask a straight-up poll question on the matter. If you think one will contribute more in the future, go ahead and talk about it in the comments, but for now, let's see what the majority thinks for 2012.