We've seen the locker room absolutely fragment towards the end of the season. Part of the reason is all the players we pick up that are loaded with talent but are being dumped by their team for character concerns. This raises and interesting question. Should we continue to sign free agents or for that matter draft players who have questionable character.
Santonio Holmes is a prime example of this dilemma. Holmes unquestionable provides a much needed weapon in the air attack. However is it worth it to have a player of his character on the roster who i believe has done more this season to fragment the locker room. Would it have been better to have someone little less talented but someone who wouldn't rock the boat as much.
This concern extends past free agents. While we look at potential draft picks how much does character play in the decision. Are we willing to take a different player because one has a higher moral fiber and may potenially become a team leader.
In the end we see tons of talented players bounced around the entire league because of character concerns. Terrel Owens is actually considering playing arena football because no one in the NFL wants him. Rex Ryan's MO in Baltimore was to take on high risk players because not only was his personality big enough to encompass them but what he may not of realized was that he had a locker room that could accommodate them. Its hard to goof off with Ray Lewis yelling at you to shape up.
So should we be going into the offseason and the draft with a larger weight on the character of the people we are bringing into this locker room especially after this season?