Re: Offseason Approach
posted at 1/22/2014 1:10 PM EST
In response to DeadAhead2's comment:
Since the team is basically built with all the key players under contract and budgeted for, there isn't much to be done, other than walking from some players or seeing if you can keep a couple of players under your terms (Edelman, Talib).
If BB nails yet another draft, watch out, folks. Any FA or trade move they make that might make some noise, simply may not matter. At some point, this team has to catch some breaks with health.
Mankins, Wilfork, Connolly (All 3 should be able to work with BB here)
Edelman - I think you can offer him a bit more than Amendola and he comes back. I've said it before, but the reason why no one was bidding on Edelman, Welker or Amendola last year is becaue they're seen as the same kind of player and the system makes that player. No knock on each, but it's the truth. A good, accurate QB and a good O Line and that kind of player can help move the sticks and you get similar production over 16 games, generally speaking.
25 mil, 4, 10 guaranteed should do it. I can't see Edelman going to a better franchise for more. See if he'll take a bit less up front in 2014, until the cap jumps in 2015. If the cap does jump this year, which is still not known, even better.
Collie - He loves it here. Can probably be had as stable, veteran insurance piece and can be had for a 1 year prove it deal. 2 million, nothing more.
Roddy White - Go ahead and toss a 2nd rd pick (3rd rd if possible) to Dimitrioff/Pioli (just hired in Atlanta), because it is VERY unlikely they will be able to pay each Jones for his big time deal and White. They'll take the pick. Make the move. BB can then control the contract once the move is made. Once Hern is convicted, you're cleared in 2015 and beyond, so you can just flip some of that money from Hern over to fresh deal for White, maybe he takes a pay cut to come here with a structured extension for 2015 and 2016, where BB controls that side of it. He's no spring chicken, but I think he can still play at a high level for the next 2-3 years. As long as the money can be controlled, White is good with it, then it's a slam dunk option.
Talib - There is an influx in quality CBs on the market. Rodgers-Cromartie, Tracy Porter (nice year on crappy Oakland), Vontae Davis and others. I think the union thinks the cap will jump this year, but that is not confirmed. The rumor has always been 2015, so that was a risk that the agent's took there. We'll see. Regardless, the flood of similar players at the same ages hurts those players. Also, Antornio Cromartie will likely be cut by the cash strapped JEts, so that's another player that will enter the market.
Personally, I think if his medicals check out, he's worth the risk for 1 more year, but only at the same kind of money. His advantage is he knows his tag price is 11 million, which ain't happening, so you could offer 1 year with a 2nd year based off of the 2014 deal's floor incentives (games played, INTs, Tackles, etc).
So, take it or leave it. I think his range is hard to find and he's coming into his prime, but he's not worth a long term deal until he can prove he's healthy and can be there.
You can always target a CB in Rd 1 with similar measurables to bring in here to backfill.
In the draft, I would look lines as well, DT and C/G. I think that appears fairly obvious. Maybe Safety as well, as I think Gregory is gone.
Rd 1: CB (even if you get Talib back)
Rd 2: Roddy White (DT)
Rd 3: DT (Roddy White)
Rd 4: G/C (Safety)
Rd 5: Safety (G/C)
I'd walk from Wendell at this point because you have the impressive Kline ready to go as a reserve Guard or possible Center development.
Resign Dane Fletcher, who can probably be had on the cheap along with Hooman.
Thats actually a terrific post Rusty. Only thing with Roddy White is if he is made availbale do other teams involved make the price higher. I could live with a 2nd round pick for him though.