The Cincinnati Bengals have not signed any free agents from any other teams this offseason. Their head coach, Marvin Lewis, spoke about the team’s inactivity in the lobby of the Arizona Biltmore, the site of the league meetings.
“You are not a positive in making your team better when you keep adding old guys,” said Lewis, who was standing at a podium. “What did Randy Moss do for those guys last year? He did nothing. He got in the way of a younger player performing.”
Lewis is referring to the 49ers playing Randy Moss over first round pick A.J. Jenkins last season. Lewis did not like this approach, apparently.
The 49ers may be taking the same approach this offseason. They have been courting old free agents all week – Nnamdi Asomugha, Charles Woodson, Ed Reed, etc. – and they recently traded for 32-year old wide receiver Anquan Boldin.
Are the 49ers getting too old? Would signing an old player like Charles Woodson to a one-year deal actually hurt the 49ers next season, as Lewis suggests?