fun gus wrote:
well, I guess it is a 'good' deal. But Pudge: what about WillyMo's Always Rehabbing? I mean: if he stays 'healthy' then it's golden, right? But: if he misses 2-3 games, is it really THAT 'great' a deal? IMO, no.
Well safeties in general are always hurt. Look at all of hte other safeties available this off-season: Louis Delmas, Kenny Phillips, Patrick Chung, LaRon Landry. Always hurt.
Look across the league, you'd be hard-pressed to find a team that doesn't have a safety that routinely misses 2-4 games per year.
What were the Falcons alternatives? Moore is the 2nd best player on the defense under the age of 30, and 4th best overall once you allow Babs and Asante back into the equation. Were you going to let that player walk because you don't like the fact that he gets hurt?
Well, again guess what? So does every other safety. You may not be excited about committing long-term to a player that is constantly hurt, but whether you signed someone else cheaper or drafted his replacement in the 1st or 2nd round of this year's draft (because only then would you get a comparable talent), you'd be doing the same thing. Guess how many safeties have started all 16 games each over the past 2 seasons? 8. 3 seasons? 4. 4 seasons? 1, Dawan Landry.
Moore and safeties' injury concerns means that you need to always have 3 starting-caliber safeties on your roster. James Sanders, Chris Hope, Erik Coleman. Unless the Falcons believe Charles Mitchell can be that player this year, they are not done at safety. Maybe they sign someone in the next month, maybe they wait until after the draft and OTAs like they did last year with Hope before signing someone.
I get your concerns, but it's just the nature of the beast, and I think you would agree that you'd rather have a known commodity like Moore back there than other options.