Re: free agents and draft
posted at 1/3/2013 8:41 AM EST
hingham - It's never to early. That's the fun part about being fan, we don't have to take it one game at a time. Since we have the week and until we actually know who we are going to play it is a good time to think about this.
msteven - Not sure OL is an area of need honestly. Breaking it down Wendell has been an above average C, the T core has been solid for a large part of the year, Brady has been one of the least pressured QB's in the league, and the running game is getting tough yards when needed. I would say depth and multiple position players would be nice. Maybe, a RG would be good but I don't see it as a need compared to other positions.
Same with S honestly. Moving McCourty to FS has sured up a weak S core. Gregory has been decent at SS and Wilson playing close to the line has played well against the run. Though I might look to upgrade the SS position if they don't think Wilson is going to be that guy I wouldn't call it a need. Now that said I think CB becomes a need. I don't think they will give Arrington what it will take to retain him (someone will give him starter money and he's not a starting caliber CB), Ras is a giant question mark, who knows if they can resign Talib (though I think they will try). With McCourty moving to FS you basically are left with Dennard as a CB as the only non-question mark. To me this is a much more pressing matter then S
WR I agree with, esp if they let Welker walk. Lloyd is a solid WR and affordable and Branch will be on quick dial but Edelman is a question mark if he can stay healthy. Also watch for Hern to make the shift. With Ballard coming back they have 5 solid TE's on the roster next year so Hern might become a larger possession WR next year. I'd be looking for a slot WR (if Welker walks) which imo you can't find anyone better than Amendola as a replacement. I'd also like to find a deeper threat. The draft might be the best place to look for one but I'd like to see Bowe in here. I think Wallace is going to price himself out but Bowe might be within the price range.
One area I'd like to improve in is the interior rush. Right now Deadrick, Francis, Cunningham are filling that role but honestly none of them are suited for that role. All are good sub/situational players and I think Francis has a bright future replacing Nink eventually I'm looking for a 3 down player to put next to Wilfork. I think Love has shown he's good in short stints but I don't think he's a good 2 down starter. This years draft has a lot of interior rushers and some really good DT/NT's out there who are also strong against the run. I'd look at the draft first and foremost but in FA Henry Melton might be one of the better interior presences out there. Randy Starks is another lower cost option who will provide flexibility and be an upgrade over a Deadrick but I think i'd rather use a 1st on a young guy like Jonathan Jenkins as an eventual Wilfork replacement
Another area of need is a coverage LB. Coverage LB's can be very hard to find and honestly I don't know who's out there to bring in. Hoping Fletcher can stay healthy might be the best option or that Tarp can improve his coverage skills going into next year.
I agree though Talib, Welker, and Vollmer should be the main focus this offseason