1981 Offseason Update, Part 1
The 1981 Free Agency Period in Paydirt B has seen record breaking contracts signed. Its a buyer's market. Cheyenne is one of the teams that have not been buyers. Fans are disgruntled because have had their 2nd straight 6 win season, they were expecting to see a bigger splash. But GM, dd35, is assuring the fan base the team is still making upgrades without making headlines. "My job is to find players that will improve our team while being fiscally responsible. I'm not going to go out and give big contracts to players that are sub-par to guys we already have unless that player can immediately give us 4 more wins which no one player can do. Instead, I am looking to fill multiple positions in a way that we still have money for the future."
Lets take a look at the new additions to the Wind Jammers through the 2nd week of Free Agency:
WR Charles Dixon - By far the biggest name signed to date. Dixon is a speedy, sure handed receiver that runs crisp routes. Last year in Nashville he had 65 receptions for 639 yards and two TDs. With only twelve drops in his career, the third year receiver out of Oregon State will make an instant impact in what is forming up to be an interesting young receiving corp. Dixon was signed to a 6 year deal worth just shy of $29 million.
K Brian Vickery - A 10 year vet, Vickery will bring a stronger leg to Cheyenne's Special Teams. He was signed to a three year contract worth around $500,000. Considering his price and talents, he will be a huge asset as he is already cheaper that current kicker, "Cant Kick Past 50" Cortes
WLB Marcus Collins - Collins, listed as a SS, has agreed to not only play in Cheyenne, but also change positions. He will enter camp taking reps at WLB. His pass rush off the edge in Cheyenne's 3-4 will hopefully bring some heat on opposing QBs. And his coverage abilities will hopefully help shut down anybody trying to utilize their backfield in the passing game. He's an unproven talent that played mostly ST in Bellingham, but is eager to prove himself. He signed with Cheyenne for 4 years for only $2,000,000
RG Calvin Harris - A veteran who spent time on the team last year. Harris was resigned on a one year contract in hopes of bringing mentorship to this younger team. He already knows the team, playbook, and dynamics in Cheyenne. He will enter camp hoping to earn a roster spot and provide some much needed depth on the O-Line
RG Allen Vera - Vera signed a 3 year, $1.1 million contract. Cheyenne loves their projects and that is exactly what Vera will be entering camp. He played in 9 games last season with Battle Creek, however, he was a FB with 0 carries. Cheyenne is going to attempt to do to Vera what they did with current RG Glen Roth. At this time Vera is undersized and slower than ideal at this position, but his blocking mechanics are excellent and if developed correctly could make a formidable backup providing depth at either Guard position
SS Gregory Webster - quite possibly the most intriguing player signed. Webster has mostly been a ST player during his tenure in Wausau. Essentially, he will fill that role here in Cheyenne as well. When asked what caught his eye about Webster, Coach Weaver responded, "He has an innate ability to tackle and run. He is the type of guy that will get most of his reps on ST, but he will be able to provide depth at every position on the defensive side of the ball." The Webster experiment will only cost Cheyenne $800,000 for two years.
Additionally, the Wind Jammers fired Victor Terrell as the Defensive Coordinator. When asked about it, Coach Weaver responded, "It was time to go in a different direction." Terrell was hired before Weaver was named Head Coach. Rumors had been swirling that Weaver and Terrell were having trouble seeing eye to eye. Replacing him is Mark Parker who was looking for work after being fired as Head Coach by Columbus.
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