i look at game changing plays. winning plays. attitudes.
munnerlyn when used correctly is quite the playmaker (sacks and pick sixes), mitchell commanded that secondary (the (audibles, called plays that resulted in corner picks i.e. melvin white. quite possibly the biggest game of the year against the 49ers that really got our season going he came up HUGE.)
these aren't scrubs we are talking about. They're not elite but they are solid players. They are players you want to keep with your core because they round out your team nicely and they can be relied upon. Mitchell took over that secondary leadership position and flourished. It's easy to say they are replaceable when you look at stats. It's the same argument people had with Cam and the 4th quarter because they were not resulting in wins before last season.
Mitchell was the last defender, was he perfect? hell no, nobody really is. Did he take some bad angles on plays? sure. But that man gave our secondary tenacity and viciousness. WR feared him. He brought the thunder that was much needed with our elite front seven.
Can he be replaced? i dont know if there is anybody out there that we can afford that can do that and is a known. I just look at this guy as being on that edge and staying in the same system we could see another jump from him. I want mitchell back more than any of the FA we have on the team right now. He wants to be back, i hope G-man and him can come to some sort of reasonable deal. Mitchell definitely seems like a team player who has more room to grow. The guys intangibles are off the charts.
But look back and see how I started my post---Purely statistical. However, you are not getting an argument from me using this criteria.
I disagree. We have cap room and the cap is going up substantially over the next 2 years. I think we can sign him to a long-term deal that is more reasonable this year than a 1-year deal. Imagine a 5-year, $35 million deal.
Yes, we will have to sign Cam, Luke, and Star. But the bad deals Marty made will be falling off the books.
Im glad we have about 25 million in cap tied up with these guys.
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Especially when you consider this:
A source who "actively worked the phones" on the first day of the NFL's free-agency negotiating period Saturday noted to Profootballtalk.com that "there's currently no market for running backs."This really shouldn't be a surprise because running back is a replaceable position in the NFL....
Yet we have a buttload of cash tied up in a 31-year old and the poster child for Sports Medicine and Rehab centers. Marty's vision was incredible.
If I am the GM of a team that runs the 4-3, I am going to have one starter on a rookie deal at all times. For Example, if I sign Hardy to a 5-year deal, I would try to trade CJ and draft a rookie DE. I am not saying that we are in position to do that, but I am saying I would try to get a rotation going where I have one big contract at a time.
I love it when people create a headline that is so ambiguous you have to open the thread only to find a comment that is not based on any realistic speculation or rumor. The only real news about DE is....(see other thread for details).
No matter how many grainy photos and tweets you see, it's just some white trash Canadian dressed up in a Chewbacca costume.
Over the next few months, this salary cap figure is going to ebb and flow like the fried okra vat at the Golden Coral. My advice is not worth much but I'd suggest ignoring all salary cap articles, tweets, and posts because in the end poo will get done. It will save you a lot of heartache and diarrhea.
When your TE is your #1 receiver, you either have a problem or run the Wishbone offense. We probably all agree that something needs to be done, and there are many factors that need to be considered-cap (now and in future), production, talent pool, etc. We really do not want our GM to be emotional like Hurney, but there are people on here getting on Gettlemen because he is not paying his respects to Smitty. That is hard to take, but I don't think it is important to Gettlemen. That may be a good trait. Let the coach, owner, PR dept. handle the emotional/fan-based stuff.
From Smitty's comments at Clemson, it seems that he accepts the fact that the press was behind the Gettlemen comments more than anything. Gettlemen probably said, "I meant it as a compliment. I would not go to the press and tell them something about you before I told you. Look at my history. I do not throw employees under the bus."
That was my first thought. We have shown interest in Brandon Thompson (2nd-3rd) and now this guy (2nd-3rd). Of course, we are trying to make guesses based on a few scraps of information, but that is the fun part.
Basically, the article suggests that Claiborne's lack of intelligence has contributed to his lack of success. If our scheme is simple, then maybe. Do not underestimate the importance of being able to think on the field. Do not underestimate the ability to watch film critically and study the playbook. I have never heard of a 4 on the Wonderlic. He said that he did not finish because it has nothing to do with football. It was given to him at the combine by the NFL. I think that has something to do with football. From that perspective, the broad jump, bench press, and 3 cone drill have nothong to do with football either.
In fact, I was looking to find CBs in the draft that may be a little less athletic but make up for it by being cerebral. One is Russ Cockrell of Duke. I also like Kenny Ladler (S) of Vandy for the same reason. They were reportedly good students at very tough schools. That intelligence seems to have carried over to football.
Panther perspectives: Mike Minter was smart and it carried over. Eric Davis? intelligent. Chris Gamble? Not intelligent. Rarely did you ever see Minter or Davis making mental mistakes on the field. It was more common for Gamble to make them, even though he was (by far) the better athlete. I think Gamble scored a 9.