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If you had to choose one......Shaq Thompson or James Bradberry?

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Both are in the final year under contract. If you had to choose one to sign to a long term deal which one would you pick? On one hand Shaq has been above average, and has an excellent opportunity to shine beside Luke now that TD is gone. He brings a ton of speed to our LB group, and he seems to do well when he is not forced to play big buffalo packages all the time. Without him, our linebacker situation is rough. James B has also been above average even when ask to cover the teams best receiver week in and week out. Without him our CB situation is also rough. What would you do if you were Hurney 2.0? 

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Bradberry no brainer. I can’t believe we are paying Shaq over 9 mil this year. 

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Bradbury by a large margin. I wouldn't want to break the bank for either but Shaq has a ton to prove and Bradbury just needs to continue. I'd like to see how the 3-4 change affects Shaqs value.

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2 minutes ago, Waldo said:

Bradbury by a large margin. I wouldn't want to break the bank for either but Shaq has a ton to prove and Bradbury just needs to continue. I'd like to see how the 3-4 change affects Shaqs value.

It will be interesting to see what happens if  Shaq plays lights out now that TD is gone and he does not have to play in the Buffalo package. I really think that put him in a bad position most of last year. Both could cost a lot this offseason if they have a big year. 

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I agree Bradberry, but I feel like many are down on Shaq when he has been above average and could bring a huge contract after this year. He just turned 25 a few days ago, and when he has been allowed to play just linebacker  (not nickel) without TD he has played very well. This was from Rivera after Shaq had 13 tackles against the win against the Ravens this year:

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I don't have faith that Shaq will succeed in the 3-4, so if I had to choose I'd go with Bradberry.

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Keep both, there are savings elsewhere to make up the expense.

 

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Major James. But it would also depend on what each is looking for and able to get on the open market. If James were to put up big stats this year he could easily be looking for $15M/yr+ and someone may pay him that. Shaq is unlikely to put up huge stats in his role or be a big target for other teams in FA so I’d probably take him at like $8M/yr over Bradberry at 15. Hopefully we can extend him to below 10 before the season, and let it play out with Shaq.

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56 minutes ago, Camp Fodder said:

Bradberry no brainer. I can’t believe we are paying Shaq over 9 mil this year. 

Exactly 

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