Originally posted by 60sfan:
In the era of the NFL salary cap, tough decisions have to be made. It is not an indictment against any player's ability. It would be nice to have hall of fame players at every position but no team can afford it. The question becomes which position is easier to replace. I happen to think guard is is one of the easier positions to replace. Which of the 22 starter positions is easiest in your mind to replace?
I think the team is in great shape for the future, but the reality is we WILL lose some players in the next few years; good players. As long as we keep our best core and draft well, we can stay at the top of the league.
My prediction is Gore, Whitner, Rodgers, Goodwin, Crabtree, T Brown and MAYBE Iupati and/or Brooks depending on a bunch of factors. That still leaves us with Kap, Aldon, J Smith, A Davis, Culliver, Staley, RayMac, Vernon, Wills, Bowman, Boone and a bunch of promising young guys. Our last draft was excellent, and we continue to do a good job of picking up additional picks for future years.