Posted by CanadianPat
One thing to consider is an expanded roster that would come with an 18 game schedule. If teams go from 53 to 55 another WR given the age and injury history of Welker and Branch would make a ton of sense. We really are in such a great position. We have no burning needs. Unlike this year, I don't see 4-5 rookies starting next year. We are drafting for depth and the future.
If we look at our upcoming free agents here are our questions/concerns. Obviously Mankins and Light for 2010. BJGE, Wendell and Arrington are restricted so they won't be going anywhere. Page and G. Warren are also free agents. I'm not worried about losing Taylor, Ojinnaka, Morris or White.
For 2011 we have Meriweather, Crumpler, Branch, Sanders, Wilhite, Koppen, Slater, Ninkovich, LeVoir, Connolly, Guyton, Hoyer, Love, Neal and Welker with contracts running out. Neal and Crump will likely hang them after 2011 or the moment they slide on that ring. Hoyer and Love will be restricted. Branch won't be worth the money and will be turning 33 before 2012. Meriweather will expect a HUGE pay day and with each Pro Bowl his price goes up (not sure he's worth the hype). My concerns are with Sanders, Nink, Connolly, Guyton and Welker.
As for Ayers, I only saw him once and I was likely too harsh on him so I will defer to you since you've seen him play more than me.