varjet Posted January 31, 2017 Share Posted January 31, 2017 18 minutes ago, Sperm Edwards said: As I've brought up before, there are some positions that are the hardest &/or most expensive to find individual good, young starters. The importance of hitting paydirt on these players is obvious. As we enter his 3rd offseason, grade Maccagnan on filling these (previously-vacant) positions with younger players, through the draft or FA, that have a future longer than 1-2 years: QB Outside Pass Rushing DE-OLB CB1 LT The way GMs try to avoid paying the absolute highest, top dollar for an upcoming FA - and to avoid potentially losing a FA outright - is to lock up the player when there's still a year left on his rookie deal (or when he's playing under a 1 yr team option, RFA tag, or other expiring contract). Name all the players with whom this was done with great success. Here are some names to get you started: Snacks Mo (or Sheldon; take your pick) Winters Enunwa (it's only Jan 31, of course, but he's eligible for an extension this year) Free agency is an exciting time for teams and its fans. For a rebuilding team with money, it's a chance to not just patch some immediate holes, but do so in a way that they won't become holes again for another 3-4 years or more (more than enough time for the full development of draft picks into starters). Since none of these players were signed for just 1 year (or signed with the intention of dumping them after only 1-2 years), as we enter year 3 please judge the 3+ year success/potential of these veteran signings: Revis Skrine Cromartie Gilchrist Harris Carpenter Wilkerson (we declined undisclosed, but surely not low, pick(s) to re-sign him) B. Marshall (traded a pick to get him) Fitzpatrick '16, if Maccagnan had his way Which of the following players are you now happy with the decision to retain instead of trading away or just cutting outright when a well-timed opportunity was there? Keeping Mo in Spring of 2015 Keeping Mo in Spring of 2016 Keeping Sheldon in mid-season 2016 Keeping injured Giacomini in late Aug 2016 Keeping Geno in late Aug 2016 Re-signing Fitzpatrick in late July 2016 I agree that many of his decisions were questionable, but I can see how he got to where he got to. I also believe that both Woody and Bowles influenced him to make decisions that he would not have otherwise made. If he was picking Leo, he should have unloaded one of the others. The following players were available immediately after Devin Smith (a perceived need now pick): 2 37 New York Jets Devin Smith WR Ohio State Big Ten 2 38 Washington Redskins Preston Smith DE Mississippi State SEC 2 39 Chicago Bears Eddie Goldman DT Florida State ACC 2 40 Tennessee Titans Dorial Green-Beckham WR Missouri SEC from New York Giants [R2 - 2] 2 41 Carolina Panthers Devin Funchess WR Michigan Big Ten from St. Louis [R2 - 3] 2 42 Atlanta Falcons Jalen Collins CB LSU SEC 2 43 Houston Texans Benardrick McKinney ILB Mississippi State SEC from Cleveland [R2 - 4] 2 44 New Orleans Saints Hau'oli Kikaha OLB Washington Pac-12 2 45 Minnesota Vikings Eric Kendricks ILB UCLA Pac-12 2014 Butkus Award and Lott Trophy winner 2 46 San Francisco 49ers Jaquiski Tartt S Samford SoCon 2 47 Philadelphia Eagles Eric Rowe CB Utah Pac-12 from Miami [R2 - 5] 2 48 San Diego Chargers Denzel Perryman ILB Miami (FL) ACC 2 49 Kansas City Chiefs Mitch Morse G Missouri SEC 2 50 Buffalo Bills Ronald Darby CB Florida State ACC I think by next Thanksgiving we will have a better idea of where this management team is going and what they learned. I am really hoping that they can build on their experiences of the last 2 years. I am neither optimistic or pessimistic-I am open-minded. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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