If you wanted Manning at 19 million this year and 20 million or so the next few years after that you can probably forget Carlos, Brooks, Manningham, Cox, Moss, etc.
You might also have to kiss Goldson and Bowman goodbye. We have half the defense coming up as FAs in the next few years and a good chunk of them might be gone because of the 20 million. That being said Manning probably would have made the most out of average WRs so we might have been fine there but think of our secondary without Rogers and Cox. Brown, Culliver, Brock, ?, ?... OLBs without Brooks and with Parys and Fleming going down. Aldon, Haggans/Bahktiari/Johnson?
Anyways, can't really decide my thoughts (not in any order) 1. Boone to RG instead of re-sigining Snyder. (worst guard to one of the bests). Also, helped Anthony Davis. 2. Alex Smith... Kap wouldn't have been ready at the beginning of the season. I don't know what would have happened. 3. Brooks.... like I said with the injuries we would have been in deep deep doo doo 4. Carlos.... Culliver could have started opposite of Brown if we didn't re-sign him so not really a drop off BUT we play with 3 cb's a lot and think of Cox or Brock in at #3? Big drop off. 5. Moss and Manningham... the way we finished last year at wr was atrocious. We have more depth and better players. Still haven't reached potential. So glad Ted Ginn isn't starting at WR anymore.
Edit: People will count out the draft as well but we added some great speed and play making ability for the future with James and Jenkins. We also got a 3rd which is top 2 in the round this year from Carolina and a 5th (indy) and 6th (dolphins) yet from trading down last year.
[ Edited by Gore_21 on Nov 3, 2012 at 5:00 PM ]