I can understand saying that there should be competition for the starting roles next year across the board. But to suggest that these are the only three guys who should be assured a roster spot on the defense is ridiculous. The reality is that contracts, cap hits and other issues have to be considered as primary concerns. Plus just because they played great in 2011 doesn't guarantee they will be great in 2012.
But to my earlier point, we have a number of guys who are going to be on the roster for a number of reasons.
For example, Hardy isn't going anywhere just like a number of guys who are on their rookie contracts. They are cheap and productive. Most teams need a number of guys who are role players and cheap. You can't have a total team of stars and high paid guys. Players like Fua and McClain will be here as well. Will they start? That remains to be seen but they will surely be on the roster no matter what.
We also have guys who just received a long-term contract who would cost too much to let go at this point. Anderson and Edwards comes to mind. Obviously Davis is a different entity.
But any discussion about who should or should not be here has to take into account contracts, financial realities, value versus cost and other factors like that. Otherwise this discussion is not much different than a Madden game discussion.
Edited by panthers55, 08 January 2012 - 11:39 AM.