Bobby Engram has resumed whining about his contract to the media. Here is a recent article I didn't bother reading beyond the headline. There is a twisted argument going around that since we had relatively poor WR play without Engram we should acknowledge his worth and give him a deal. I think the opposite should in fact be drawn from what happened, namely:
1) The quality of this WR corps was not nearly what we, the fans, and the Seattle sports media had thought. We all thought trading away Darrell Jackson was a clear indicator we had a monster WR unit last year. Well it turned out that neither Hackett or Branch could stay healthy (something that could, SHOULD, have been inferred beforehand) and all the wunderkinds are either worthless or a long ways away (take your pick). We finally gave in and brought in McMullen and he has played quite well. Not to slam our players, but we just don't have anyone I would call a top receiver or 'matchup issue' for opposing teams. In other words, Engram has stood out by default.
2) The reason we don't want to extend Engram is because of the age/injury issue and the fact that he got hurt corroborates that concern.
Engram is important to this team but that is an issue we need to address in the draft and/or FA (or see what happens with Koren, Keary, and Billy). Throwing money at him at his age is senseless.
I am against the whining and getting an extension ploy in general. The team signed you to a contract and guaranteed you money to fix the rate at which your services could be acquired for. The Giants hit a home run signing Burress on the cheap after he had played two disappointing seasons in a row for the Steelers. They deserve to reap the rewards of taking the chance they took on him. Engram is no superstar but he does what he does well and for a low price. That is the recipe for a winning team. Every team has an all-pro or two that are getting 10 million dollars a year. It's the quality rotation player or starter who is getting peanuts that makes a team great.
Obviously I understand it is a business for both sides and if it works you might as well do it. I wonder if anyone will give Bobby a multi-year deal next year. I am pretty sure the Hawks would offer him 1 or 2 on the cheap, I wonder what else is out there. He won't be that useful or see much playing time on any other squad at his age so I would hate to see him go after so much selfless service.
That said I am stoked to see Bobby get back on the field. He DOES WHAT HE DOES very well and his rap with Hasselbeck is tangible when they are out there. Branch was amazing when healthy last year and I would love to see him get back to that quickly. Lets not forget he is still 29 and still has the potential to be the deadly weapon we so badly wanted that we traded a first rounder for him. We can start the T.J. Housh free agency posts in a few weeks if these guys go down again ( I suspect Cincy will be rebuilding and letting him go at his age), but for now its time for some Deion and Bobby like its supposed to be (even if Bobby thinks he's criminally underpaid).