Whisenhunt is reportedly joining Lovie Smith in San Diego (Don't know which one is HC)
We now know who the GM is and that Chud is gone to Cleveland. Time for another round of mock offseason:
Offensive Coordinator: Ken Whisenhunt
- I'd prefer Norv Turner, but it looks as if he'll be following Chud to Cleveland. That said, the idea of promoting Mike Shula scared me for multiple reasons. I like him as QB coach for one, and two, his record as O.C. in Tampa was awful. Whisenhunt did great work with Ben Roethlisberger early in his career in Pittsburgh and Ben and Cam are very similar in the way they throw the football. I actually think that offense suits Cam better than Chud's offense does. Whisenhunt has has great offenses everywhere he's been as long as he's had a top flight QB to work with.
Special Teams: Dave Toub
- Reports indicate he has already interviewed with Rivera for the job and possibly a position as assistant head coach. I think we all know there's not a better ST coach in the game than Toub as his resume in Chicago will prove. Give the man whatever he wants.
- Derek Anderson: Was here due to knowledge of Chud's offense. Expendable now.
- Jimmy Clausen: He's really just occupying a roster spot at this point.
- DeAngelo Williams: Love him to death and would certainly try to trade him first, but I think it's unlikely we can move him when everyone knows we're strapped for cap space.
- Geoff Hangartner: We need a long-term starter and Hangartner has been pretty awful.
- Ron Edwards: Injured all the time, old, and past his prime.
- Chris Gamble: Love him as well, but we showed last year we can get along without him and his cap number is pretty high. Another guy I'd try to trade, but I don't see any takers with his contract.
- Haruki Nakamura: Not a huge savings here, but he's terrible anyway.
- Jonathan Stewart: A simple matter of moving money around. These things almost never end up costing the player, contrary to what some here seem to think.
- Jordan Gross: This is a must because if he won't work with us he'll likely be cut. I have all ideas he'll want to stick around and accept a simple re-structure to reduce his cap number this year.
- Charles Johnson: Has the biggest contract on the team, so it shouldn't be difficult to convert some base salary into a bonus spread out through the life of the deal or something.
- Charles Godfrey: Same story here. Hopefully between the cuts and these re-structures we'll free up enough cap space to sign our draft picks and bring in at least some mid-level FA's and maybe a starter if we're lucky.
- Dwan Edwards: Played very well for us and would likely come pretty cheap on a 2-year deal.
- Louis Murphy: Bring him back on a 1-year deal for the veteran minimum.
- Jon Beason: I'm torn here, but the fact is we don't have a place for him. Even if he does return fully from injury (which is unlikely) he still will never be his old self playing the weakside. I say we trade him for a 5th or 6th round pick to a team like Denver (Fox would be willing to give him a shot at that price) or maybe Baltimore, where they're looking to replace Ray Lewis. Maybe Gettleman can even ship him to the Giants, who have big linebacker issues.
- Louis Vasquez, OG, Chargers: The biggest signing, a quality starting guard that will probably command a decent size contract, but not a huge one. This would be where most of our cap space would go, but it'd be worth it as it'd free us up a ton on draft day.
- Delanie Walker, TE, 49ers: A perfect compliment to Greg Olsen. Can do a bit of everything; catch, block, and is an outstanding special teams player to boot. Wouldn't cost much at all.
- Chase Blackburn, LB, Giants: Good linebacker depth and a solid special teams player who has the connection with Gettleman. Would be a nice, cheap addition to the team.
2013 NFL DRAFT:
1st: Jesse Williams, NT, Alabama - This guy is a beast. He's played at the highest level in the SEC and dominated on the best defense in college football. He doesn't have the hype some of the other d-tackles do, but he's a top notch prospect and a day one starter at nose tackle for us.
2nd: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State - With Gamble cut and Munnerlyn a free agent we badly would need a CB in this scenario and Rhodes, should he last this long, is a great prospect with a lot of upside. The hope here is that Josh Norman/Josh Thomas compete for one starting job and Rhodes earns the other.
4th: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech - If we're lucky enough to have this guy fall to us in the 4th round we take the money and run. He was a one-man show at La. Tech and at this point in the draft we'd be lucky to have him.
5th: D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina - I have all ideas he'll slip on draft day as safeties sometimes tend to do and he's another guy I think has potential to out-perform his draft status.
5th (f/NYG): Cameron Lawrence, OLB, Mississippi State - I'm assuming we get a 5th from Gettleman's old team here for Beason as they have major concerns at linebacker. Lawrence is a guy I feel has sleeper potential and if he's available here he'd be well worth the pick.
7th: Dan Conroy, K, Michigan State - We need a kicker and it's unlikely we'll be willing to invest a pick higher than this into one. Conroy isn't as well known as Caleb Sturgis or even Dustin Hopkins, but he's solid and can be had later in the draft.
Toub interviewed with Andy Reid in Kansas City he's still a possibility though