Originally posted by RDB4216:
Roman may know the defense and can call the plays, but he can't execute. He is slow and out of proper position a lot.
He is not a liability in coverage. At worst, he's the 3rd best cover-safety on the roster, while at best, he's the 2nd best cover safety.
While every DB will get beat, Roman doesn't make mistakes often. His physical limitations prevent him from making big plays (any big plays). That is why Goldson is being given a shot. Goldson isn't being put at FS b/c he beat Roman for the job or b/c Roman stunk out loud. Goldson got the job b/c he makes plays every year in TC, but not in preseason or actual games. It is to see if he can keep the job b/c it's pretty clear we've seen all Roman has got to give and he's on the last year of his deal.
Cutting Roman nets us exactly nothing, but a hole at backup FS that would be filled with a guy drafted to play CB (R.Smith/Hudson) an UDFA (Baker) or a 7th rd pick (Taylor). A roster spot? If that is all we gain, it's just not worth it imo. FS is a sore spot on the team as it is--Goldson can't stay healthy and Roman can't make plays--why count on a rookie or developmental guy to be the primary backup to a FS that has injury issues when you can keep a consistently average veteran to do backup duties?
It's true that by letting Roman shop for a trade, it's pretty clear the team isn't terribly worried about not having him. His contract is up so we won't have him next year anyway (worried or not). R.Smith is expected to see some time at FS and we did draft a FS from LSU that had a good season in 2007. The Matts were high on the 2 UDFA safeties last year Baker and Lewis(?).
It's likely we'll carry at least 9 DBs, maybe even 10. The first 7 are easy, but after that it gets harder. Roman won't be cut anytime soon b/c the team doesn't gain anything. Will Roman be cut after TC and preseason? Only if R.Smith, Taylor, Baker have a strong showing at FS. THEN it makes sense to cut Roman, but not now.
[ Edited by DownSouth on Apr 30, 2009 at 7:38 AM ]