Re: Broncos land both Talib AND TJ Ward
posted at 3/12/2014 1:08 PM EDT
In response to 42AND46's comment:
In response to ma6dragon9's comment:
I'm shocked the Broncos are THIS aggressive.
I'm not discouraged...yet. There is still a TON of great talent available.
My one hope is that after Denver, going to the SB, and now doing this...Kraft and Belichick's hand is as close to being forced as it EVER has.
If they do nothing as Denver further distances themselves from the AFC pack...well, for what I believe will be the first time ever, I don't think the defenders (myself include) will have much to say.
I defended the Milloy move, backed sticking with Brady, defended Spygate, and have supported trading back in drafts, and going the 'value' route in general. It has worked for the most part.
But recently...too many subtractions without the additions, and if there is ONE player that, as a Pts fan, I do NOT want to succeed, it's Peyton Manning. I'm comfortable with Brady being hands down, the better career QB.
I have softened on my thinking...and reckognized that, to a degree, it is worth betting heavy while Brady is still around. Hence, I've been beating the Revis drum for over a week, and I still can't believe more people aren't picking up on what Florio said. It's a moot point now, as he's likely about to be released.
NE used to be the place to come and win. Denver is now the place others players seem to view in that light given their recent spending. Denver is also more fun to play for, they let players have more of a personality. 2 Elite level players in back-to-back years have left NE in favor of Denver.
That's a kick to the nuts.
imagine what they could do if they had any cap room
It is what it is... HA!
Truth is, there cap isn't pretty. They have a lot of money tied up in players who are past their prime. Thankfully, Hernandez' money will finally be done this year. All 7.5 fking million.
Aside from that gag-inducing number, there top ten salary cap hits are:
Amendola, Connolly and ANY KICKER being in the top ten salary cap hits is a joke. Plain and simple. That list is atrocious. And continuing down the list doesn't get better for a while with names like Arrington (11th), Sopoaga (12th), Tommy Kelly (15th).
They simply do not have enough elite talent. They have taken on WAY too much dead money, and have too many undeserving players at the top of their salary cap.
It's a sobering reality...but in spite of that...they go out there and are on the doorstep every year.
My point is...time to add some real talent at the top of that list. Mankins and Wilfork are tough decisions coming up.
And Gostkowski is a 4mil cap hit. They could save 3 by cutting him. They could probably take the best college kicker in the country in the 5/6th round. I've liked the guy...but that number is stupid. They cut Vinatieri, who had proven a lot more, and has gone on to be just about as good, or about the same percentage of their cap. Belichick hasn't even trusted Gostkowski in the big games he could have...I see no reason to pay him.