A solid backup receiving TE at best. We need all the help we can afford in that department. I'm not in love with him but he's a guy who can come in as a veteran player hitting his prime. He's our TE2 if he signs.
Ramsdell + Dickson should tell you what DG is thinking
As far as Randle goes he'd have to develop more of an outside game to warrant a number one selection. I feel his game as it stands does not translate to the next level. He is a rebounder who is tough around the rim but not the shooter/slasher he would need to be a go to scorer in the NBA at his size. I'd still be happy to have him just not over Parker Wiggins or even embiid.
Wiggins is still maturing physically. In other words the kid is still growing and filling out! As opposed to Parker who seems to be at or near the peak of his physical maturation. With that said Parkers only advantage over wiggins is his skill level and physicality. Wiggins already more explosive and much better individual defender as far as ability. With all that said I'd go wiggins over parker. Embiid was my number 1 as he has the best combination of size agility skill and potential, but its hard to take him over wiggins considering wiggins has all of that minus the bad back.
If he can match last years production this a great deal. The upside is there as well. Young elite caliber athlete with some NFL experience at a low cost.
With very modest projections:
Underwood - 40 rec 450 yards
Cotchery - 50 rec 500 yards
We are already almost with in 1000 yards of last years WR production. Projecting Olsen to finish above his 816 yards receiving total as a potential primary target would leave around 800-900 yards to be found between McNutt/King/Pilares/Clemons/Webb/B.Williams/FAs/Draft Picks. The situation was never as dire as perceived by many.
James Jones was the last possible person ever to exist who could possibly help us be a respectable football team. Now Can and all other NFL players will never want to play here. Its all on DG. His plan sucks. He will be on the street while Steve smith wins super bowls. Amiright?
I'm reading the comments in some of the articles on this subject. Panthers fans whining about gutting our receiver core and signing "scrubs" while Steeler fans are hoping to resign him. Sure puts a lot of fans into perspective. This is a guy who can be a solid contributor and won't break the bank.
Has anyone considered the fact that we didn't have a #1 WR in the first place ? The crop of WOs being headlined by Eric Decker and Hakeem Nicks told me we weren't guaranteed to have one even if we signed all of the FA WOs. Sure Nicks has a shot at being a number one, but we look like fools if we over pay he under performs then it makes it even more of a challenge to extend the core player group of Cam, Keen, and Hardy. All of whom are far more important than a guy who failed to find the end zone once all of last season regardless of whatever the excuses are.
DG himself will tell you we aren't in an ideal situation as far as certain position groups are concerned. Doesn't mean you go throwing money around in a desperate panic. I think some fresh jersey numbers on the outside can be just what this team needs. I'm sure we will sign a few vet players OL WO and DBs. None of which will be sexy signings but all guys who the staff thinks can contribute. I bet we improve as a running team and we continue to see Can improve. Especially now that Smith won't be demanding the ball as much and new younger players have a chance to set up and be players
Pilares was waived/ir so he's still on the roster. I understand you guys wished that DG had been a bit more sentimental, but you're wrong to think DG did Beason and Smith wrong. Which he could have. At least he set Beason up with an opportunity to resurrect his career in a good situation for himself where he could be a starter at his position of choice. DG did him a solid. DG also could have held on to Smitty until we got a 6th or 7th rounder for him and taken away his ability to choose his own team. Players might not "like" him and I don't have a problem with it honestly. He as proven to have an eye for talent and is a tireless grinder. One or more of these WOs on the roster could have their Melvin White season next year.