Spillman has had a handful of plays in certain coverages. More so last year than this year. He can hit and tackle (play the run) but not sure he would be any good in coverage. Doubt him or Robinson is the future. Not a big fan of Robinson but he and Spillman might have a chance to compete for the job if Goldson goes and we take a rookie high. Haven't studied FS in the draft too much because I thought there was no way we wouldn't tag Goldson at 7.5. I can understand not signing him long term but not tagging him I don't get. I guess we are going to start saving money for the future to spend on the young guys like Kap, Aldon, Iupati, Davis, etc.
I have read that Eric Reid might be the most ready to come in but might not have the upside the other guys have. Vaccaro if we trade up would probably be ready to come in. Could Phillip Thomas or Rambo come in from day one? TJ McDonald has his flaws as well; I know most of us want a rangy ballhawk safety; is there one in this draft? I know there are fans of Elam (ss), Cyprien and Swearinger but aren't those guys built more like SS's than FS's? One of those guys could take over for Whitner after next year to save money. Doesn't look like a very good FS class to me. Would have to research more but if we go to the draft I think Reid or Thomas would be our best bet. Could probably trade down from 34 for both... maybe to mid 2nd round. Otherwise, maybe McDonald at 61.
We would save 4.1 mil by cutting Whitner (only 833k in dead money) and I think one of those SS's in the draft would have a better shot at replacing Whitner than one of the picks replacing Goldson. I like Whitner but I wouldn't hate it if we went that route. However, if we replace Whitner with a draft pick for this year not sure we want another rookie back there at FS. I think Whitner will be gone after this year for sure though. Some want to go to FA for FS but I think Moore would want probably 75-80% of what Goldson would want. Not sure it's worth it...Moore is only a year younger. Quinn would probably go for less but if you want a ball hawk the guy only has 5 ints in 4 years.
[ Edited by Gore_21 on Mar 7, 2013 at 10:12 PM ]