One of the key free agent signings the Arizona Cardinals made this offseason was veteran receiver and returner Ted Ginn. He was signed to a three-year $9.75 million contract.
Admittedly, I thought he was a great signing, although a little pricey for a guy that had bounced around a bit, joining his third team in as many seasons.
The goal was to add speed at receiver and to shore up the return game, which was awful in 2013.
But as the offseason goes, free agency comes before the draft and the Cardinals selected a pair of speedy receivers in John Brown and Walt Powell.
Ginn, expected early to be the team's number three receiver, now has been passed up by third rounder John Brown, who has been the talk of the offseason and training camp. He is expected to see time on as much as 60 percent of the snaps offensively.
Second year player Jaron Brown also made a splash in the preseason and made the team as well. Sixth round pick Walt Powell also impressed, but he was squeezed out as the sixth receiver and was claimed by the Jets. Powell not only showed promise as a receiver, he was expected to be a very good special teams player. he could also make an impact in the return game.
John Brown also has the ability to return punts and kicks.
Ginn, though, remains on the team, and understandably so. he is a veteran and has been dynamic in his career in the return game. Cutting him would also mean over $3 million in dead money, which is much more than the combined contracts of Brown, Brown and Powell.
Ginn has never been much of a receiver throughout his career, but he did show great improvement in 2013 with the Panthers.
In a season from now, the Cardinals are likely to be without Larry Fitzgerald. After Michael Floyd, would you prefer to have a trio of Ginn, Brown and Brown, or would the trifecta of young athletes like Brown, Brown and Powell have been better? It certainly would be cheaper and arguably equally talented.
Let's say Powell has a solid season, even as a fourth or a fifth receiver and Jaron Brown does, too. Ginn will probably have better numbers than both in 2014. But in 2015 and beyond?
Will the Cardinals and their fans end up wishing they had Powell instead of Ginn?