As we approach “cut day”, FA and ultimately the draft I have a “plan” for the fish. The overall philosophy is rather simple – keep Tanney upright and bolster our run D… I believe this should be good for another win or three and hopefully the playoffs. Here we go:
Hartline and/or Gibson – I like them as a possession “guys” but not at current investment levels (especially Hartline). The caveat here is a possible restructure for Hartline… I’d take that but he shouldn’t. Find a way to work with Matthews and get him on the field as a “replacement”. There’s also depth on the practice squad
Finnegan – thanks for the solid half year old timer but once you got banged up you were a liability. Cut him and maybe negotiate a cheaper “show me” but I’m cool to let him walk and let the youngsters step up (see below)
Ellerbe – made a mistake… you’re terrible… bye-bye…
Wheeler – you’re worse, but don’t really save us money by cutting so I’m ok if we keep you for STs and/or when we’re up by 100
But Don’t Cut…
Wallace – his numbers don’t match his contract but his impact on our O overall does in my opinion. The dude also works hard and clearly cares. Sure he returned to diva status late in the season but he’s a WR and the end of our season was deplorable. Philbin can’t just keep throwing away talent because they’re difficult to work with. Also, and as per above, give tanney more than 3/10ths of second to throw the ball and I bet those deep ones get a little easier
Pretty Please Resign…
Clay – dude a legit pass catching TE and when healthy (and with a larger Simms only getting better) a match up problem in multiple TE sets. He breaks tackles and gets YAC which few others on our current roster can say
Jimmy Wilson – won’t cry in my seal soup if we don’t keep him but the kid is a 7th rounder who plays multiple positions relatively well… Keep him for his versatility.
Resign, but please don’t EllerWheel it…
Odrick – he’s a tweener and maybe better in a 3-4… if someone’s going to give him $5-6M, thanks for playing. Something less than that, sure, you’re good enough in rotation to be a solid contributor
Starks – you’re old and virtually disappeared during/after Denver… you want to stick around at a very reasonable price, sure… otherwise, many thanks, you were a good soldier
Sign in FA
I don’t know enough about all those available, the cap, etc. to create a specific wish list but this team needs to become more committed to building through the draft and just top up via FA. As such, no big names necessary (although Suh would be amazing if we can somehow make that happen) but grab some depth at S, G, DT and LB
Nail the top end of the draft again Hickey
Please find a starting MLB and G and a nice RB steal in a later round to compliment 97-yarder Miller.
Davis and Taylor are ready at CB… I believe they can/should be… remaining healthy is their wildcard. I’m also keen to see what Billy Turner can offer at G, Francis, and one of the two Johnson’s at DT, McCain at LB/DE and of course Jordan… put the kid out there somewhere and see what you have please!