Could we not gain around 9M in cap space by restructuring Smitty down to around 4.5M/yr (net $3M) and cut Godfrey (net $6M) and then the $12M tag wouldn't be as painful. Idk enough about the cap to know how doing this affects 2015, 16, 17, etc. but if we could restructure some folks enough to free up money to tag/sign Kraken yet.....
Still be able to sign a strong LT in FA
Still be able to sign a #1 WR
Still be able to sign Mitchell
Still be able to sign Ginn
Still be able to have enough in the bank long term to sign Cam and Luke
Is this possible? Gettlemagic is earning his keep, for sure.
I would put Rice a tier above the Hixon/Ginn/Murphy signings that we've made and in the Nicks tier with available FA this year. Oft-injured and frustrating to rely on, but his skillset would be worth at least kicking the tires on with a modest/fair salary. Like others have said too, his local ties to Gaffney and the Gamecocks could help as well. Did the Seahawks trade for him or sign him as a FA last year?
I could see Niklas beasting out this weekend and at his pro-day, and sliding into the chatter around where ASJ and the latter 1st round/early 2nd picks are. 6'7" 270 and like ASJ, is a very solid blocker. I'm a huge fan of Lynch out of UGA too and would be happy with almost any of the TEs in this draft class honestly. Lynch was pulling everything thrown at him at Senior Bowl practices and was a big target for Murray. Given how we were considering one last year like ctrcat mentioned, I could see ASJ/Amaro/Niklas at 28 or Lynch in the 2nd.