08-18-2005, 01:28 AM
After ending my first season with the Rams; I released T. Hargrove and didnt find a suitable replacement in the draft. Low and behold I enter free agency and the number 1 DE is Julius Peppers. Knowing how well he could be to a passing game and finishing 21st against the pass the previous year; I immediately signed Peppers to a 4yr/ $30.5M contract with a (get this) $10 Million signing bonus. Great sign right? Well, not really. entering the 6th game of the season he has only managed 4tackles, and NO SACKS!!! Averaging 35- 40 defensive reps a game over 6 games and only 4 tackle and no sacks. Well after much thought and deliberation, and even giving him some practice reps at OLB; I closed my eyes and traded Peppers to the Raiders for F. Washington and 1st rnd and 3rd rnd draft pick. I will take the $10 M cap hit next year but that is ok, I have a converted OLB M. Steele at DE and has produced more than Peppers. I guess it will be a tough off season. What do you guys think, do you agree or disagree with what I did, and what would you have done??