Re: Key offseason moves
posted at 2/5/2014 6:12 PM EST
Lots of good ideas in this thread. Really, New England is going to be hadncuffed if they can't restructure Wilfork AND get some cap relief from the league in the Hernandez case. New England could free up as much as $20 million, or be left with just enough to get their draft picks signed. We shall see. Personally, I'll be ticked off if the league doesn't let Kraft off the hook for Hernandez.
Count me in TC's camp: draft the best DT you can afford. I'd add, OG as well. New England needs to start winning the battles inside against all comers. It's the road to success against the best teams because that is what the best teams do well, no matter their style of play: they win in the trenches.
PCM is right on about the cuts/restructures.
Like Rusty, I don't think Edelman is going to get the money that some people take for granted that he will, so letting him walk won't be a must. Adding a talented vet like Sanders or Maclin would be nice. To me, that depends on the market, because I don't consider either of the ace recievers, but talented #2 WRs.
In FA, I'd target two things: an auxilliary pass rusher with real talent. Maintaining three DEs that are good has an amazing effect on a pass rush. Getting three deep at DE would allow Chandler Jones and Ninkovich more time to breath. I'd be more in the mindset of going after someone like Michael Bennett or Robert Ayers for a greater value.
I'd also like New England to look into signing someone like Alex Mack or Evan Deitrich-Smith. Centers are almost always great value signings. Even the best are only going to get something like 7-8. Upgrading the interior of the line is a must, even if it's not premium. I think it's time, at any rate, that New England put aside Wendell, who is a good team player, but most definitely not a starter. At any given rate, upgrading RG and C would be priorities.
In the draft I'd also like them to take a look at Colt Lyerla. He has some issues, but could be a great value signing (and yes, I still endorse that policy).
A name that has been linked with NE is Ra-shede Hageman. He's a freak athlete. If he is within striking distance I wouldn't be afraid to move up a bit for him. As an interior tackle in the 43 he'd be unstoppable given the right environment and coaching.