Everette Brown (gave up a first round pick for this guy)
- Outside of Captain, all are trash.
Armanti Edwards (gave up a 2nd rounder to get)
- Absolutely terrible draft outside of Hardy
- Cam was a great pick. Everyone else sucked.
These 3 drafts along with his spending spree hurt this franchise badly. To say Hurney was a good draft evaluator is a joke. Despite his F- performance in the post-lockout offseason, Hurney was known as a cap guy for good reason. Before those big deals were dished out he usually had the team in a good situation cap-wise. Sure he gave out a few bad contracts (every GM does) like the Delhomme deal but overall he did a good job. He should've been let go when Fox left. Seeing Fox leave, I think he felt the pressure from JR and went "all in" with the core we had. Unfortunately, that core wasn't good enough. At least not for the money they got.
I really don't know what thread to post this in considering there are at least 100 Smitty threads. But....
I just want everyone to realize Steve Smith is not the first great player to be let go in some shape or form like this. Unitas, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Donovan McNabb, Seau, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, Emmit Smith etc were all franchise players let go "when the time was right". I am sad to see Smitty go. He is my all-time favorite player. But not all careers will have a fairy tale ending like Gross'.