You can bring up the Pats, but their core usually remains solid and their system is pretty easy to plug guys into. They are an aberration. They also collect draft picks like baseball cards.
We have lost 3 OL (2 starters so far) and Wharton considering it. We lost Mitchell. We are likely to let Ginn walk. And to put the icing on the cake, we are publicly humiliating and then releasing the guy who has been the face of the franchise for the last 13 years and is a guy who is a potential hall of famer. As far as Smitty goes, love him or hate him, but his tenacity defined us in our greatest runs and it sustained us to endure throughout our worst. Regardless of Gettleman's reasoning for the Smitty decision, tell me how this will equate to a carryover from last season?
Yes, you have to have some turnover to have sustained success in the NFL, but too much turnover and you end up like the Browns and Raiders. Not to mention, two of the biggest influences in the locker room over the last 12 years or so are now gone. All the other guys that are leaving that many huddlers are shrugging off made up the personality of this team last season as well.
And yes, we still have the draft and free agency to go through, but the point is, I don't recall many, if any, teams that suffered this much turnover AND got rid of their most popular player from the previous 10 seasons (I'm saying until Cam got here), and went on to sustain success - REGARDLESS of hiw we replace them. Bring in new vets and draft some rookies, the turnover is still evident and there is no sure-fire formula to ensure similar chemistry. That is a concern for eevery team going into every season, but much more so for teams who have gutted significant areas of their roster.
I'm not saying this is a imminent destiny for our team, but it's definitely something to think about going forward.
In 2010 we brought back 20 of 22 starters and we went 2-14. You can't improve by retaining player on the team in the nfl. Let Gman do his work, I can tell you we will be better long term, and closer to having back to back winning season.
Anything longer than 2 years guaranteed is too long.... we can sign him similar to the contract Revis signed with the Bcus. where the contract for each year is guaranteed on the first each league year.
Depending on the draft unfolds there is a large possibility that a first round caliber WR won't be there when we choose. There are some WR in the Free Agent Market that intrigue me.
Eric Decker Denver 6'3" 26 ... Big WR .... #1 Free Agent WR (According to NFL.com)
A. Boldin SF 6'!' A bit older but tough as nails and would be a steal from NFC Rival. But he is as old as Smitty 33
Kenny Britt Tenn. 6'3" and only 25. I know injuries have hurt is value but still young enough to make a huge different if healthy.
Jeremy Maclin Philly 6'0" 25. Was solid as a #2 to D. Jackson.
Hakeem Nicks NYG 6'1" 26 injuries has hurt him but probably would get a good discount for his hometown team.
Golden Tate Seattle 5'10" 25 what I like about Tate is every season he has improved. Plus we could get the real reason Jimmy Clausen fell to us.
Anyone of these guys would be an upgrade over LaFell. I think of the 6. Decker is probably my favorite. Only one that isn't either old or coming off injury minus Tate.. Whether DG would come off the money for him would be the big question.
I would love to see him become a Carolina Panther.
Did Decker play in the Super Bowl? Decker looks good because nobody game plans for him. he is the 4th option at best for Denver and is yet to prove in my opinion to be elite. so why pay him #1WR money in Carolina.
@ProFootballTalk: Drew Brees says Jimmy Graham is a tight end, not a receiver, a $4.5 million question if the Saints tag Graham http://t.co/q4dSxJ316d
Bree$ is a fraud, fake good guy. I'm sure he will back track but let Graham make his money you sorry ass Taint.
Edit: upon further review PFT spun the original quote a bit and misrepresented it in the tweet. However, I still think Brees is a fraud and Taint fans can eat my ass.
He is a tight end.
According to espn stats and information, Graham lined up as a WR 67% of the time. 45% in the slot, 22% out wide. Only 33% in line as a tight end. He is a WR. A very big WR. He puts up WR numbers that blow away most other WR in the league. You can't pay a guy just because of some arbitrary position label.
1200 receiving yards, 16 receiving TDs
Production is production. He is a better receiving threat than most WRs.
His per game production over the last 3 years poos on just about all WRs. The top tier ones too.
Calling Jimmy Graham a TE is like Calling Mike Tolbert a fullback