People that think this is just some minor deal... LOL. Wait and see. It isn't because Keek magically came into his own as to why we had a sudden turnaround defensively when Godfrey went down. It is not a coincidence. Mitchell stepped in and provided abilities that no other safety on this roster provided. Our defense is going to suffer greatly if he isn't retained or replaced by someone with a similar skill set, which is not easy to do... It took us since Minter retired to even find him.
He's right, you do have to have sustained success in this league and know when it is time to move on from a player... This is not one of those instances. Absolutely not one of those instances. IMHO, neither is letting Steve go.
Welp, here's to another year of watching Godfrey, this time possibly even worse due to recovering from an Achilles' injury, giving up huge passes over the top and falling off of guys after flailing tackles.
Do you have a video or link that Gettleman said Smitty could be cut? I hear every single Gettleman Extremist Hater on this board (not implying you are one BTW) say that he said that and I can't find it anywhere. Closest thing is that everyone is being evaluated, which is a loose connection at best IMO. Thanks in advance.
I know you said you weren't implying that I was a Gettleman hater, but to be clear, I wasn't, or haven't been to this point. But, this is a grave mistake for the franchise IMO, not so much in terms of on-field success but in regards to fan morale, and most likely the team to some degree. This is a huge blow and it scoffs at the notion of this being a "family franchise" as has been touted.
All that being said, I am well aware of what Gettleman said and believed it was highly embellished and over exaggerated by the media and some on the huddle, but I summed it up in that inference for sake of brevity. He DID refer to Smitty's career in the past tense and said he would be evaluated without committing to bringing him back... when that player has been the face of your franchise, you just basically said he's cut - add to that the fact that Voth reported there were rumors as soon as the season was over and now we're here with rumors of him being on the trade block and likely being released tomorrow.
It's bullsh*t man. He may not be a $7M WR any more, but when you have guys like Stew, who is making what he is and can't find his way off the stationary bike and earn that pay versus a guy like Smitty who has been who he has for the franchise and is still OUR BEST WR by far, this reeks of a pride battle - and it stinks. We literally have nothing at WR after Smitty. So unless GMan plans on hitting ot one, but several homeruns through the draft and free agency at WR alone, then this move is absolutely stupid.