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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Antwaan Traitor-El

From the mailbag this morning:

"How come no comments on Cafe227 about the departure of Randle El?"

First of all, it took me a few days to figure out how to spell his name. Antwan? Antoine? Antwaan? Whatever - at least I didn't confuse him with Willie Parker.

Second, what is there to say really? Do I love Antwaan? No doubt. Was he an indispensible cog for the Steelers this year? No question, and we probably wouldn't have won the Super Bowl without him. Does it make any sense whatsoever to pay a third receiver/special teamer first-receiver money? Not at all.

The Redskins are bat-shit insane - they continue to haphazardly throw money and draft picks at mediocre talent. Check out this chart Peter King put together in yesterday's MMQB column. Where does Randle-El fit in here? By my estimation, he'd be third on the depth chart, behind Moss and Lloyd. Yet the Redskins gave him $10 million signing bonus - $1 million more than the Steelers gave Hines Ward, a potential hall-of-famer, last year.

There's a reason that the Steelers have been consistently successful over the past decade while the Redskins have rotted in the basement of the league. I'll miss Randle-El and the excitement and unpredictability he brings to the team, but I think that the Steelers will be OK without him.

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