Originally posted by AB83Rules:
1 - We can't afford Haralson at 2.54M in 2013, plus 300K in bonuses. Right now only 3.5M under, with the cap credit from uncapped year, if we aren't using it now.
2 - Guys like Haralson, Goodwin need to be cut or take pay cut to stay and save cap room. Justin Smith, David Akers and Donte Whitner make sense to redo and extend, and help keep Bowman.
3 - So I don't expect Sopoaga and/or Goldson back. What's more important, Keeping Goldson, Sopoaga or Bowman? Bowman is real deal, Goldson is a bit overrated, and Sopoaga is older, and I don't think he will take much less than the 20M deal he got early in his career.
Moss looks like a keeper if he continues the play. Jacobs depends on how he plays.
RJF is easier to re-sign, same with Delanie. Gooden is easy sign, Grant might leave, Brock won't be back on a RFA tender of 1.26M.
Cap wise, I don't see us keeping everyone, and being tight against the cap, plus we need to pay the draft picks.
1 - I couldn't agree more but I think this injury completely gives us the leverage to force a pay cut on him. He knows that coming off a fairly major injury like that and knowing he is just a backup he cant risk trying to tell us to shove it. He'd get a minimum deal anywhere he went if we cut him so he will have to decide whats more important. Winning or money/starting -- my point is a bit of a double edge sword. I think Fleming could/will supplant Haralson as the primary backup, thus making him expendable so that is why I dont see us taking another OLB unless he is the BPA.
2 - I think we will just re-do Goodwin's deal and swap him him Kilgore. It really seems like he is the "Center of the Future" and all we need to do is see him in real game action as a center sometime this season during mop-up duty. That way we will have a veteran fallback if Kilgore struggles or gets hurt.
All 3 of them will definitely get new contract offers in training camp next year, I agree on that. for example Whitner is the real deal for our D -- intelligent and a complete player in terms of tackling and coverage ability. He can lay the lick on people (see Pierre Thomas' soul on the 5 yard line) and can make the plays in coverage (see yesterdays diving PD), unlike Goldson we can count on Whitner on any given play.
3 - Again you speak the truth, Sopoaga will have to chose between our winning culture or maybe if a team offers him a big deal on the market but with Williams progressing I could see us telling him to shove it or taking a DL with our 1st pick this spring.
I've always said our defensive scheme makes all of our DBs look better then they are and couldn't agree more on Goldson, while fairly good he is inconsistent and just as often as he comes up with the big play he whiffs on a tackle and the guy scores a TD or something. I would be much happier if we signed a FS in FA or drafted 1 very early this spring and let Goldson walk. See #2 for my opinion on Whitner/Goldson.
Bowman is legit /discussion on that - I cant wait for the day we extend him and we dont have to worry about losing him.
4 - Remaining things, I could see us getting a solid 2 years out of Moss especially if we go deep into the playoffs/win the SB but at the same time I could see him riding off into the sunset if we win the SB, so he is definitely a wait and see situation.
Jacobs, if preseason indicates the Jacobs we have then I could see us keeping him as long as we keep Gore, especially if we can just string it into a 2 year extension worth maybe 2-3 mill a year max.
RJF should be easier to retain but with him being our top backup I could see him getting a solid looksee from many teams, maybe he becomes the starting NT and we let Sopoaga walk? that seems fairly likely IMHO.
DW is an asset at #2 TE but I can't help but think we can upgrade at that position, I dont see him leaving us by choice, it'll come down to the FO wanting to keep him or draft a replacement.
ILB just scares me because while Grant was not a hot commodity as an RFA I have a feeling several teams will come calling with moderately priced deals now that a draft pick isn't attached to him. Gooden will be back unless we deem him surplus but I my nervousness over this position is kept in check with Michael Wilhoite on PS. I think he can definitely step in as a backup next season.