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Overall approach: Kept in fairly young, tried to be conservative with salaries, reasonable/realistic signings/draft
1. Fix the O-line
2. Find playmakers for Darnold

1. Fill the gaps on defense with the switch to the 43 and there are a lot of them.  (Especially thin at linebacker and defensive end.)  
2. Target versatile, athletic players to play in multiple fronts

Expected Cap Room $102M
Set aside for drafted players - $9M
Reserve for late and in-season signings - $10M 

$83M - to spend in free agency

Robby Anderson (25) - RFA - 2nd tender - 1 year / $3M
Jason Myers (27) - 4 year(s) / $16M
Morris Claiborne (28) - 1 year(s) / $7M  
Brandon Copeland (27) - 2 year(s) / $7M 
Andre Roberts (31) - 2 year(s) / $8M 
Deontay Burnett (21) - 2 year(s) / $8M  
Davis Webb (24) - 3 year(s) / $9M
Eric Smtih (23) - 3 year(s) / $2.4M - Started off in Miami, showed promise but got injured
Le'veon Bell (26) - 4 year(s) / $64M - not sure if this would get him signed, maybe a high amount of guaranteed $ would do it
Za'Darius Smith (27) - 4 year(s) / $40M - moving back to his college position of defensive end, reasonable price for a DE, but would be top 10 in 34OLB money 
Preston Smith (26) - 4 year(s) / $40M - another player switching back to his college position of defensive end, and again a reasonable price for a DE, but would be top money if he stayed as a 34OLB
Rodger Saffold (30) - 3 year(s) / $21M - A little older than the other signees, but a stop gap for a couple years, has performed well the past couple years and shouldn't break the bank
Donovan Smith (25) - 4 year(s) / $40M - This would be similar to the Beachum signing a couple years ago, consistent above average starter that has shown to be great at times
Shaq Barrett (26) - 4 year(s) / $32M - Solid player 
George Iloka (28) - 2 year(s) / $4M - Great backup with starting experience
Total Spent: $92.3 

Cut Kelvin Beachum - $8M savings
Cut Isaiah Crowell - $3M savings
Added cap space: $11M

The assumption here is that there is no trade back.  Would like to see them trade down but we'll see as the draft gets closer.

1st            Quinnen Williams      DT
3rd(Early)  Garrett Bradbury       C
3rd(Late)   Bobby Evans             OT
4th            Stanely Morgan Jr     WR
5th            Sutton Smith             OLB
6th            Troy Reeder               MLB
7th            Jerome Washington  TE


  • Bell would open up a lot in the offense, giving them an excellent RB that can contribute in the passing game.
  • Moved Enunwa to the X receiver.  Though he does well in the slot, I think in Gase's offense he would fit more as the Demaryius(DEN) or DeVante (MIA) role
  • Anderson/Roberts on the opposite side that can stretch the defense in the Stills (MIA) role
  • Burnett/Morgan in the Landry/Amendola (MIA) role
  • Herndon had a great rookie year, hope he continues to develop 


  • Preston Smith / Za'Darius Smith - both move back to their college positions of defensive end, more lucrative position than a 34OLB (unless you are Von Miller of Khalil Mack).  But this gives Gregg Williams a lot of flexibility and versatility with the front 7.  In the 43, the Smiths would bookend the Williams with the ability to get to the QB without having to bring extra pressure.  With Gregg Williams' tendency to bring overloaded pressure from one side of the formation, the opposite side defensive end often drops into coverage (i.e. a 34 olb).  Switching between a 43 and 34 front with the same personnel would be possible with very little dropoff.
  • Barrett adds a little bit of pass rush from the LB position and has been solid when asked to step in for the Broncos.
  • Hopefully, Johnson can get back the way he played with Gregg Williams as his coach
  • Claiborne is someone that hopefully can hold his own until they can find a replacement
  • Need Maye to stay healthy, but can't wait to see how Gregg Williams will utilize Adams
Quincey Enunwa Chris Herndon Donovan Smith Roger Saffold Garrett Bradbury Brian Winters Brandon Shell Deontay Burnett Robby Anderson
Charone Peak Jordan Leggett Boddy Evans   Spencer Long   Eric Smith (ERFA) Stanely Morgan Jr Andre Roberts
  Jerome Washington           JJ Jones  
        QB RB      
        Sam Darnold Le'veon Bell      
        Davis Webb (ERFA) Elijah McGuire      
          Trenton Cannon      
Trumaine Johnson   Za'Darius Smith Leonard Williams Quinnen Williams Preston Smith   Morris Claiborne  
Parry Nickerson   Brandon Copeland Folorunso Fatukasi Mike Pennel Jordan Jenkins   Derrick Jones  
    Tarell Basham   Nathan Shepherd     Rashard Robinson  
    SLB MLB   WLB      
    Shaquil Barrett Avery Williamson   Darron Lee      
      Kevin Pierre-Louis   Sutton Smith      
      Troy Reeder          
    SS   FS        
    Jamal Adams   Marcus Maye        
    George Iloka   Terrence Brooks        
        Brandon Bryant        
P Lachlan Edwards   K Jason Myers   LS Thomas Hennessy  
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