I've been around the game, both as a player and coach, for a long time and it's #6 on my most loved things in this world...right after wife, kids, family and friends.
First, lets continue the purge and, free up some cap space and dump:
1.) Chris Kelsay. He's past his prime...which wasn't all pro to begin with, and his contract doesn't fit his performance...it never has.
2.) Terrance McGee. Ditto on Kelsay, accept he played at a much higher level...in his prime. But he's been bitten by the injury bug and I don't think he's got anything left to offer.
*Key UFA's: Corey McEntyre; Leodis Mckelvin: Shawn Merriman: Chad Rhinehart
Next, restructure and sign our UFA's and tender Nelson.
1.) Levitre and Byrd are tied for #1. We absolutely need to resign both of these guys.
2.) Restructure Fitz's contract. Although they made the right move, imho, to extend him, his play didn't come close to the $ he got.
3.) Tender David Nelson. I think it's around $1.3M, which I believe is a bit of a bargain judging by his potential.
Draft, not going into details...just who I like.
Rd 1: Cordarelle Patterson; WR -Tenn. @ 6'3" and 205lbs. gives us the big man outside that can run (40 time @ 4.46)
Rd 2: Manti Te'O; MLB - ND...I know, I know...but, prior to his pseudo "scandal" this kid was a top 5 talent. If he does fall, he may not make it past the Ravens @ 32.
Rd 3: Landry Jones; QB - OK. Strong arm, big kid with a thick frame and very coachable. Not the prototypical "cowboy" attitude you want in a QB, but I wouldn't mistake his humbleness as a weakness. He's strong in his faith and plays like an Irishman (with God's grace upon his shoulders, for those that didn't follow).
Rd 4: Dion Sims; TE - MI State. HUGE guy @ 6'5", 285...very light on his feet, agile, and tough to bring down. Limited playing time (injury and a bit of trouble) let's him slide under the radar.
Rd 5: Kwame Geathers; DT - Georgia. Another monster with deep NFL bloodlines. @ 6'5" and 355 lbs. he gives us a legit NT for a highbred D.
Rd 6: Steve Williams; CB - Cal. Doesn't go along with the trend of bigger CB's, but this kid is tenacious...and fast.
Rd 7: Dustin Hopkins; K - Fl. St. Yes, a kicker! Lindell is out Moorman style and I've had enough with carrying 4 guys that are used strictly for kicking. Kids got a huge leg. The thing that stood out to me is the fact that he, in his first college game and against a rival (Miami) he nails his very first attempt of his NCAA career...52 yards. I know it's only one kick, but damn...I'd say that's a big kick in a big game.
Free Agents to entertain/track
QB - Jason Campbell...if for nothing else, he's a viable emergency clip board holder
WR - Brian Hartline...if Miami drops the ball and doesn't resign him...also, he won't demand a huge pay day
TE - Dustin Keller...Great athlete, and a weapon in the passing game.
DT - Jason Jones...Very good situational interior pass rusher...good for the rotation. Coming off a 1 year "prove I'm worth it" contract that was hindered by an injury. May be a good bargain.
OLB - Paul Krueger...remains to be seen if he's a system type guy, or if he's legit. He did, however, look like he got shot out of a cannon on the sack in the SB.
SS - Laron Landry...Big hitter, much more than an "in the box" type safety. He and Byrd would tear sh*t up.
Edited by Armchair GM, 15 February 2013 - 11:55 AM.