Re: Spikes put on IR due to being late to meetings
posted at 1/14/2014 7:27 PM EST
In response to PatsEng's comment:
In response to TrueChamp's comment:
Well, we did keep more then 2, we got 5, and yes BB finds talent in later rounds, but how many can we expect to keep. I just don't think people realize it is a 53 man roster and we have a 12-4 championship team in retention year after year, after year, after year.
When you are keeping core players, you must continually roatate the back half of the roster, especially with the rookie wage scale. Why keep a punter due a new contract when he is in his 4rth year of progressive earning, when you could get a rookie at half the cost, same thing applies to most positions.
Re sign spikes to a new contract or draft new talent for 2/3rds of the cost? Sign bjge to a new contract or get ridley to give you the same thing plus some for 600k a year? This roster aside from the core players will always be a revolving door. This is what happens in the QB era when you have a top 5 QB who earns a large % of the cap every year.
Answer me this amigo, if we kept half of our draft picks for the last 6 years, who would they play over, how would we draft new players? How could we sign FA's? We've had 54 picks in the last 6 years. 9 per year on average. Throw in multiple undrafted free agents, veteran FA's, trades and extensions coupled with the best record in football over that time and it becomes veryyyyy difficult for longevity on this roster. As we see by many of our former players in the playoffs this year we know that it is more then just a talent issue, it is a necessity issue. We just don't need them all.
Well, it doesn't look like we will keep Spikes so which 5 are currently on the team and looks like they will be moving forward?
As for replacing players with draft picks every 4 years. Lets put it this way. If you only keep say 4 core players on each side of the ball and replace the rest that's 14 starters to replace every 4 years (not including bench players). That means you need to hit on more than 3 starters every year. Even for the best drafter couldn't do that. now you can suppliment that with FA's but we haven't had the best luck with that either year in and year out, and then you still have to replace bench players! Lets just say what you suggest just isn't sustainable. Heck, BB only found 5 out of 12 and of those 5 only 3 lasted 4 yrs. If it takes 2-3 years for most players to find their roles and develop you need to get players that last past their rook contract otherwise you will be rebuilding every year. Doesn't work.
Answer, if we kept half or draft picks it would mean they were better than the alternative's so you wouldn't need to supplement with FA's or as many UDFA's. It also means we wouldn't need to trade back and add even more picks. Lets say, they use just their 7 picks. So over 4 years, if they kept half that's 14 players. You are telling me you can't find room for 14 players that fit your system and perform well enough not to be replaced? 14 players you can't make room for? Because, they've replaced more than that over the last 2 yrs alone.
So your answer is, they wouldn't need undrafted players or FA's? What team doesn't rely on or need those type players? None, so what you are saying doesn't happen to any team. Bb values a guy he brings in off the street as much as a 1st round pick. The best man will win the job. This is not so with teams who are under pressure to win right away, so again, the strategy fits our system. We keep rotating players because it is more economical.
If we find studs(which only happens to every team once or twice a year, then we pay them and make them core players. Brady, vw, mankins, volmer, solder(will probably be a corner stone LT for years) mayo, Gronk, Hernandez, Nink, and Arrington have all received core contracts the last 4 years. A few more probably will, the next 2 years, Solder, Chandler, Hightower, either Rid, Blount or vareen hopefully and I would guess Cannon will be long term eventually.
Plenty of good to great players. The rest of the roster can be rotated every few years.....actually will be rotated every few years in order to stay under the cap and still allow us to find players who are hungry to win and fit the BB team first profile.
Suggesting BB should have just drafted in all his spots and not made moves to acquire more picks insinuates that the players he chose in that spot would have been hits, which is impossible to know....again, without hindsight.