Originally posted by NCommand:
Originally posted by kronik:
The newbs won't like this but I sure agree %1000000
LOL. I hope they don't...and then post the other side of the coin!
Signing Whitner to a short term deal does not preclude you from drafting the position and grooming someone for the future. Other than TJ Ward, I do not see a definite upgrade out there at the SS position. You sign Whitner to a shorter term deal and look to the draft, if there isn't value or a guy we want there this year, there is always next year. Baalke is always looking to draft young replacements in advance, if a safety is the top guy on our board in the mid rounds I'm sure we won't hesitate.
We stand to lose Brown and Rogers and face a question mark with how Culliver will play coming off that injury (I like his size and athletic ability but he takes a lot of penalties). Now if Culliver was being groomed for a safety spot this might be a different discussion but he isn't. Whitner is only 28, there are not any better realistic options in FA and the draft remains an option. You can't force the team to upgrade a position at which there are no viable upgrades available (Ward and Byrd aren't coming here). Also, when Brock and Reid stand to be your most experienced starters in the secondary, it is not a great sign for a team that is competing for the SB. I would rather keep some consistency in the secondary, a unit which performed fairly well last season. Unless you'd prefer going into the season with Brock (a new starter), Reid (2nd year safety) and Culliver (coming off an injury, has never started at the top 2 CB spots).
As for Seattle, Thomas may be the best FS in the league and Chancellor is a Pro-Bowler with LB size playing at safety...he's like 6'3, these are exceptions to the rule. Now if we think we can find someone who we think can be groomed into that (Bucannon?), or a great FS in the draft, as I noted, I don't think a 3 year deal to Whitner precludes us from pursuing that avenue. This year's class is strong at CB, little bit of a drop off at S after the top guys are gone so it's about timing as well. Whitner isn't some sort of big weak link preventing us from winning, our O needs to be more consistent, our D has been solid for the last 3 season, playoffs included.
[ Edited by GoldenJoe on Feb 28, 2014 at 10:08 AM ]