I admire people who put their bold predictions in writing and distribute it for everyone to see. By doing that, you're essentially memorializing your greatness or, far more likely, your astounding idiocy. I do it every week of the season here on BRB with "Three And Out" and far too often in my non-blogging life. As the kids say,
call me maybe go big or go home.
Evan Silva of Rotoworld went big. He listed and ranked his top 100 available NFL free agents. Then he broke out his crystal ball and predicted where each of those 100 players would sign. I highly recommend giving the entire article a read here.
How did he rank Connor Barwin, James Casey, Glover Quin, and Brice McCain? Where does he think they'll sign? Silva says:
44. Outside linebacker Connor Barwin -- Barwin's market was quiet over the weekend, not surprisingly. After a fluky, 11.5-sack 2011 season, Barwin was exposed as "just a guy" with three sacks in 2012. He simply lacks explosive edge-rushing talent. The Texans want Barwin back and figure to re-sign him affordably. Doing so would allow them to kick Brooks Reed inside.
Free Agent Forecast: Texans on a one-year, $3.5 million contract.
52. Strong safety Glover Quin -- A middling safety despite his lofty reputation during the free-agency buzz period, Quin is strong versus the run but struggles against the pass. He is unlikely to command William Moore money. The Texans still want Quin back desperately.
Free Agent Forecast: Texans on a five-year, $24 million contract.
57. Tight end James Casey -- Casey is a Swiss-army-knife offensive weapon, capable of playing heavy snaps at tight end, and even lead block in a pinch. He also can cover kickoffs and punts on special teams. Casey, 28, would be an upgrade on Delanie Walker as Vernon Davis' running mate at tight end. 49ers offensive and special teams coaches would love his versatility.
Free Agent Forecast: 49ers on a five-year, $15 million contract.
94. Cornerback Brice McCain -- One of the league's better slot cornerbacks in 2011, McCain inexplicably took a step back last season. The Texans know why better than any team and would like to give him one more run. The 26-year-old seems unlikely to break the bank.
Free Agent Forecast: Texans on a one-year, $1.75 million contract.
Assuming those predictions came to pass, how would you feel about what the Texans did in free agency?