Originally posted by GhostofFredDean74:I actually don't think that's the question. The question is, when you have a HoF "type" of player, do you let him walk away thinking you can replace that kind of quality, or do you find a way to sign him? IMO, you find a way to sign him long-term and build around him. Kap, Aldon and Iupati are the types of players you invest in and build the team around. Cully might fit into that category too depending on what he does this year. Worse case, you franchise one of these guys (probably Iupati) for a few years and sign the others (Kap/Aldon) to long-term deals.
Crabs (who is definitely coming in to his own) is the one guy who we could let walk and be ok. This year will go a long way towards proving that out as well, as some of the young guys get to develop in his absence.
Point taken. Thing is, you have to have a franchise QB to compete and a great pass rusher is a must. I think there are certain positions like these, that make up great teams. It's not mandatory that you have a HOF guard. I would sacrifice having a HOF guard for a HOF QB or a HOF pass rusher. So, I think decisions do have to be made.
If you were the GM, would you let Crab walk or might you trade him for a possible 1st rounder?
[ Edited by 60sfan on Jul 21, 2013 at 2:07 PM ]