I had a view on this debate that no one has really opened my eyes to. Has anyone ever signed a major free agent and then won the superbowl following that off season?
I was trying to do research on any correlation between Super Bowl winners and MAJOR Free agent signings. I figure a good starting point would be the new CBA started in 1993. I guess the reason is not to justify the Allen trade but put it in perspective. From my memory no huge name star has ever been signed to lead a team to glory. Granted some diamonds have been stolen from the rough and placed on pedestal’s. Steve Young from the Yucs (which is what they were at the time); even though he was a first rounder in 84. Favre from the Falcons, (No need for Vick if they had kept him). Home grown talent obviously tops the list. The triplets in Dallas (can’t say much more). The donkeys with smelway (even though he took nearly 15 years to garner the true promised land) and TD (I think Bowe should do the KC salute next time he scores in or against the donkeys). The only free agent acquisition that I can think of (and really love to this day and so do some of you) is Chucky to the Buc’s. I don’t believe he was the reason the bucs got there everyone knows Dungy built that team, even though some might say he couldn’t get them over the top. Playing the team that you coached and being able to call out plays before they took place was great… actually priceless because it was the Raiders. I’m not saying that doesn’t count but it was not a player that was pivotal. The likely hood of those circumstances ever happening are nearly impossible (definitely definitely definitely unlikely like figuring out whose on first). There have been a lot of people who have spent money in hopes of getting that one player and fallen short. Example New England with Moss… The Raiders spend every offseason but that’s because Al has Alzheimer’s.
I guess I pose the question can anyone think of a team to have MAJOR offseason acquisition and follow up with a Super Bowl win?
P.S. Lawrence Tynes and Kawika Mitchell do not count.