This past NFL Draft, the Redskins selected 3 WRs: Leonard Hankerson, Niles Paul, and Aldrick Robinson. Then, during free agency, they signed 3 veteran wide receivers: Jabar Gaffney, Donte Stallworth, and what we thought at the time, Brandon Stokely. These receivers were in addition to guys like Santana Moss, Anthony Armstrong, Terrence Austin, Brandon Banks, Malcolm Kelly, and Roydell Williams, that were already on the roster. Then Stokely and agent Rick Smith basically said “Whoops, never mind, we don’t want to compete for a job.”
Turns out the Skins were serious about their receiving corps this season, as they kept 8. Kelly, Williams, and Robinson were the only cuts, with Robinson heading to the practice squad. Stokely, meanwhile, found no other suitors in free agency, and had to wait around until after Week 1, when vets no longer have their contracts guaranteed for the season. Clearly, Stokely and Smith didn’t play their hand wisely.
Yesterday the Giants signed Stokely due to a lack of depth at the position, and uncertainty about Hakeem Nicks’ status this Monday night against the Rams. They can cut him at any time, and the contract will not be guaranteed. There’s a little lesson to be learned here in “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”