Charles Johnson(DE)- $16,000,000 cap number is ridiculous
Steve Smith(WR)- Hopefully he's all in for a Super Bowl run
Charles Godfrey(FS)- He's an afterthought now
Chase Blackburn(OLB)- Klein and Senn replace him easily
Dwan Edwards(DT)- Hopefully not, but Hurney put us in a bad spot
This puts us at approximately $25,000,000 for cap space
Jordan Gross(LT)- Utmost importance, best player on the line... 2 years, $10,000,000
Greg Hardy(DE)- Only if he settles on a reasonable price, if not let him walk... 4 years, $32,000,000 (Contract must be back-loaded, $5,000,000 cap hit)
Mike Mitchell(FS)- Again only resign if reasonable, no need to overpay... 4 years, $15,000,000 (Contract must be back-loaded, $2,500,000 cap hit)
Drayton Florence(CB)- Good veteran, like a coach on the field... 2 years, $2,000,000
Colin Cole(DT)- Good depth, built like a brick-house, great against the run... 1 year, $1,000,000
Graham Gano(K)- Good teams always have a good kicker... 3 years, $4,500,000
Ben Hartsock(TE)- Very undervalued and under appreciated player, phenomenal blocker... 2 years, $2,000,000
Richie Brockel(FB)- Same as Hartsock, as long as we run the power running offense these blockers are very valuable... 2 years, $1,500,000
Cap from resignings- $17,750,000
Remaining Cap- $7,250,000
Sign drafted rookies and then see what else is available in the free agent market.
Free Agency- Don't expect much here
Jared Allen(DE)- This is only possible if we let Hardy walk, which is a good possibility because he wants to much. Allen is a good veteran who attacks the LT and is in the twilight of his career and he wants a taste of success, which we can give him. Preferred route to bringing back Peppers... 2 years, $8,000,000*
*If we do go this route, we will have extra money to spend on resigning our free agents. So this opens up the possibility of bringing back Ginn, Lafell, Captain. Also we could let Hardy walk and use the rotation of Addison, Alexander, and Horton to compliment CJ. If this route is taken we can resign almost all of our free agents, and it wouldn't be a big surprise because of the cap hell we are in.
Draft- This will be the main way to improve our team, because we are not blessed with much cap flexibility. So hitting on these picks has to be done.
1st round- Allen Robinson(WR-Penn State)
I'm a bit skewed as a Penn State fan, but it's a toss up between him and Jordan Matthews from Vanderbilt. I believe Robinson has a much higher upside, but Matthews is more NFL ready.
2nd round- James Hurst(OT-North Carolina)
Local product who had a good game against Clowney. Can develop him on the right side, while Gross is still here.
3rd round- Deion Blue (CB-Alabama)
Alabama corners are very disciplined and that is something I love. He is not the most physically talented, but I think he could flourish in our zone blitz concept.
4th round- Devante Parker(WR- Louisville)
He compares favorably to Lafell, benefits from being in a pro system at Louisville. Also he has Teddy throwing to him, so adjusting to Cam shouldn't be much of a jump.
5th round- JaWuan James(OT-Tennessee)
Big body guy with alot of upside. Plays on the same team as Antonio "Tiny" Richardson so hopefully he picked up things. James has the talent to be a starting RT, but has to sure up the fundamentals.
6th round- Keith McGill(CB-Utah)
Big for a corner, measuring in at 6'2 so I'm willing to take a flier on the man from Utah. Also with our past successes from Utah, which includes Steve Smith, Jordan Gross, and Star.
7th round-Bryn Renner(QB-North Carolina)
Local QB who can hopefully step in and replace Derek Anderson. Jerry Richardson loves bringing in local products.
7th round-Chaz Sutton(DE-South Carolina)
The last time we took a late round flier on a DE from the SEC, we ended up with Greg Hardy. Cross your fingers and pray for the best.
Starting Offense: Starting Defense
Qb- Cam Newton De- Charles Johnson
Rb- Jonathon Stewart Dt- Star Lotulelei
Fb- Mike Tolbert Dt- Colin Cole
Wr- Steve Smith De- Greg Hardy
Wr- Allen Robinson Olb- Thomas Davis
Te- Greg Olsen Mlb- Luke Keuchly
Lt- Jordan Gross Olb- Aj Klein
Lg- Amini Silatolu Cb- Drayton Florence
C- Ryan Kalil Fs- Mike Mitchell
Rt- James Hurst Cb- Melvin White