I think a lot of zoners are having some separation anxiety. You can't get caught up on one guy you think we should keep whether it be Goodwin, Gore, Manningham etc. I like all these players and would love to keep all of them, but the problem is WE CAN'T AFFORD IT.
It's funny that I am speaking mostly to people in California that's going bankrupt because everyone wants their cake and to eat it too.
Those three guys above equate to roughly 15 to 20 million dollars of cap room for next year alone. Manningham may play 6 games and be ready for the playoffs, but is that worth 5 mill? Goodwin is a great player, but not a dominate one and he accounts for roughly 5 million next year. Gore is obviously a great player, great leader, great locker room guy and great producer, but are you really saying that much or all of his production can't come from Hunter, Taylor and James? Get real.
We are at a fork in the road where we can keep holding on to guys and hope we can sign guys later or we can be proactive about it and start signing guys for our long term goals. This is where we are and some difficult choices need to be made.
By freeing up cap room we give us room to sign guys that need to be signed long term, and if we do it now we can get them at a discount by rolling signing bonus money into this year's cap because we are making room for them. If we don't do this we will be delaying signing guys long term and lose out on our discounts and locking guys for the next five years.
If you really want us to have a dynasty that lasts, you MUST
be proactive about it and IMO we get the best bang for the buck by releasing and trading the guys I mentioned. If you don't like the guys I mentioned then name your replacement, but either way if our roster is to endure with our OL and OLB corps as the heart of the team you are going to have to lose guys that we have loved for years.
It's a business people, act like it. IMO we have to look to the future and make the tough choices now that may hurt in the short term but make us a powerhouse for the next 5-10 years.
If you don't like the specific guys I mentioned then just substitute who you think is a better guy to release. For one, I really wanted to add Carlos Rogers to that list of players being released, but I think the time to cut him is after this next season due to his cap structure. Cutting Gore and Goodwin have no cap consequences and cutting Manningham only dings us a million but gives us 3.5. On Rogers, if I remember right we take a cap hit of like 4 million or something, which was too high and I would like him around to tutor up Poyer and Amerson.
I think there is like one comment on the draft...wtf...that is a damn good draft.
[ Edited by bigwads on Feb 20, 2013 at 13:04:33 ]