Re: Your Thoughts on the Cap
posted at 3/4/2014 11:30 AM EST
In response to PatsEng's comment:
In response to WazzuWheatfarmer's comment:
I think that BB has done a great job of building young depth on this team, so we have the luxury of using this FA period to acquire 2-3 higher-end players. I'm hoping for J. Allen, Whitener, A. Jones type players. Still not sure what to make of Talib. Hope they re-sign him, but I'm not so sure.
Not sure where I see the depth honestly:
DT - needs a major upgrade. Jones, Vellano, Siliga just didn't get it done and were washed out once teams got film on them. If Vince doesn't come back we could be in real trouble up the interior
DE - Lacked so much depth both Nink and Jones played over 95% of the snaps
LB - Past the 3 starters who is behind them? If Spikes is gone and Fletcher is a FA the next two behind them played a combined .2% of snaps last year
CB - Right now you have Arrington, Dennard, and Ryan, who is behind them?
FS - we have McCourty, who spells him? and SS with Gregory cut we have Harmon and the Wilson's. Do you really trust the Wilson's right now?
For the D we are a hollow shell with no depth at pretty much every position. DT is our current deepest depth position and that was considered one of the weakest positions on the team during the 2013 season
DT is the weakest position. Hoping one or both of Wilfork or Kelley can heal up, rework their contract, and come back as an effective starter. No guarantees there. Siliga and C. Jones are good depth guys. Armstead would be a bonus. I'd like to see some money spent on a higher-end FA here (Arthur Jones?) and a high draft pick used here as well.
DE we are good at starters with Chandler and Nink, and I think Buchannon is a quality depth player as well. Again, I'd like to see Jared Allen signed if he doesn't want too much, and a mid-round pick used here as well.
LB we are in pretty good shape as long as Mayo returns healthy. Collins and Mayo on the outside with Hightower at MLB is pretty strong. Fletcher will probably be back cheap, and Beaharnis is there too for depth. Maybe a cheaper vet in FA if the right guy is there, and I think a developmental guy or 2 can be found on day 3 of the draft.
S is the other obvious weakness, but I like McCourty and I also like Harmon. Probably one of Ebner or T. Wilson will stick as a ST ace/depth Safety. Definitely need to find a quality vet in FA and probably draft a rookie at some point too.
CB is tricky without knowing Talib's status. If he is resigned, we are fine. Talib and Ryan/Dennard as outside starters is pretty strong, and I still think Arrington can get it done in the slot, even though everyone else on this board hates him. Don't forget justin Green, too. Good developmental kid who could stick as a #5 CB. If Talib leaves, then we need to sign a vet to replace him ( DRC???)
offense is deep. I won't bother to break it all out, but remember that we have some promising guys on futures deals like Mark Harrison, TJ Moe, Braxton Cave (I wouldn't be surprised if they let Wendall walk because of this guy if Wendell wants too much). I'm not saying that all these guys are going to make the team or even be any good, but if even 1 or 2 do then that is significant. I also think that most of our 2nd year guys should be able to make significant strides going into next season, and that would really help our WR corp. TE is the one spot where we obviously need immediate help (Finley?) and a early draft pick. All in all, I think our roster is in pretty good shape. Lots of youth. Need to develop the guys we have, and add some key pieces to get us over the hump.