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Thinking Towards Next Season: Who Is Safe?

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Players that should be GONE:

Goodson

Edwards

Clausen

Mare

Baker

Norwood

Gaither

Naanee

Murphy

Hurney

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Offense:

Cam

Kalil

Gross

Smitty

Stewart

Lafell

Defense:

CJ

Godfrey

Gamble

Beason

Anderson

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I'm thinking Marty Hurney and ST coach wont be back next year.

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Naanee has been a surprise lately. I'd say the guy has gotten much better. He's actually going for yards after the catch and not catching and falling immediately. The guys we got from San Diego may as well be penciled in for next year, including the Charger DL guy we just picked up, these are Rivera guys.

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WRs: Smith, Gettis, LaFell, Naanee, Pilares, Adams. Considering LaFell's emergence this year and Gettis coming back as a deep threat we may be OK as long as we KEEP STEVE SMITH.

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I know he's not a lock, but I was really impressed with Frank Kearse... hell, even Shirley was OK.

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Who is guaranteed to start?

Cam, Smith, Gross, Kalil, Olsen, D-Will/Stewart

Beason, Gamble, Anderson, CJ

Godfrey, Wharton, and Lafell are likely starters

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i think we'll cut wharton. 31 years old and not playing anywhere near up to his contract. bernadeau fits in at LG nicely.

cam, double trouble, smitty, lafell, olsen, gross, and kalil are safe on offense. i think all of our DEs are safe (including backups), beason, anderson, godfrey, gamble, neblett, senn, and captain will stick around. senn and capn for ST purposes mainly.

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I'm gonna focus just on defense:

(+)

First off: Beason, Anderson, Gamble, Godfrey, CJ, Hardy, & Edwards are safe

Guys like Butler, Applewhite, Nebbles, Shirley, Senn, Kearse, & Keiser (especially) have looked solid and have exceeded the expectations of a random depth player that goes nowhere. If they keep it up, I say most of these guys will be here at least on the big roster before cuts.

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Guys like Munnerlyn, Martin, Connor (who has not played well), Stanford, and Norwood may in fact be gone if they do not show some late season spark...within this group may be the players that carry the late Fox-era "losing" attitude that many have alluded to recently. These types weren't here when Fox was at his peak therefore are in that murky transitional zone and have only experienced bad seasons/bad teams.

My only 100% sure-fire prediction: Pugh's as$ is gone

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The Williams LBers, & Gaither are meh (probably gone) and the rookie DTs should be safe...but I'm not certain with Fua.

So with this in mind, priorities:

-Better LB depth, a healthy Beason (our whole team's leader)...and possibly a new starting OLB

-A more forceful D-line needs to be built through FA or draft...it doesn't matter. If the staff thinks they can upgrade, upgrade.

-CBs!! We're definitely getting at least 1 CB in the draft and I wouldn't mind going after a legit seasoned player in the FA. I haven't checked who's gonna be available yet but having someone who you know can make turnovers is a must.

-A legit safety to compliment Godfrey. Godfrey can be good, but he needs a supporting cast. Get him a better supporting cast.

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I'd like them to keep the current DTs for next year and avoid using a high pick on one

My guess is we go free agency to try getting our DT need fixed, instead of the draft.

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My guess is we go free agency to try getting our DT need fixed, instead of the draft.

The DT direction will be interesting to watch unfold this offseason

Right now it seems many are trying to convince themselves we should stay where we are simply because we have 3 upcoming sophomore DTs with only the UDFA who has looked the best (by a mile), McClain looking meh, and Fua showing absolutely no development.

Like I've mentioned, if this staff thinks they can upgrade...a change is gonna happen regardless of the returning Ron Edwards who really only showed average play with KC (and I'm not just looking at stat lines). There's a reason he didn't start in Buffalo (minus replacing injured guys) his first 5 years in the league

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The FA market for DT's is bare. Wouldn't be a stretch to assume we invest a high pick in the position.

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