For sure. I think he gets way too much heat for what he doesn't do than what he actually does. People expected him to be Moose, and since Moose is a Top 100 WR of all-time, they were big shoes to fill. Why can't he produce 1,000 yards playing beside Smith? Well.... not many WR in the NFL could produce 1,000 yards as the second WR.
He's a good route runner, has good hands, and has sprung more big rushing plays than any TE on our roster. People just want a superstar. They're looking towards Pipe Dream Hakeem when we don't have the money and might even have trouble keeping Ginn.
Exactly. Very few teams have two #1 WR's (other than the Broncos, Falcons, maybe a couple more).
Who does Calvin Johnson play across? AJ Green? Andre Johnson (though Hopkins could develop well down the road)? No doubt we need WR help, but Shula runs a smash-smouth, ground-and-pound offense. A solid blocking #2 who puts up ok numbers isn't a bad asset, especially on a team-friendly deal.
1) I think a long-term deal gets worked out before the season starts. I'm not a fan of the tag and how much space it will eat up, Getts knows we have other priorities.
2) I think we have a very underrated and overall better DE on the other side in CJ. Our trio of Addison/Horton/Alexander (or possible FA signing/draft pick) can still create pressure with CJ drawing more attention. Not to mention our dominant DT's and killer LB core. There are just too many other holes to fill, and since Gross retired, the Oline is definitely our immediate priority. I'm one of the few who wants a Tackle in the 1st, plenty of WR talent will be left in the 2nd.
I love the Kraken, and don't get me wrong, I want him on the team, but that cap hit just doesn't make sense considering our needs. Dream scenario … he gets traded for pick(s).