This is a good post and the logic is well founded.
I believe, though I could be wrong, that we do have flexibility next year with the cap hits on offense to add some important pieces to the defence. I don't think Carr needs elite players at every position to succeed. If we have Adams, some decent to above average protection and a decent to above average running game I think we'll be fine. It's about finding that sweet spot in the cap spend and managing our signings, something that will be tricky but that a good FO can do.
Carr has shown that he can get great production out of guys like Crabtree, Agholor and Renfrow, none of which are elite WRs so I think that gives me hope that we don't need a star-studded receiving core, to me Adams, Renfrow plus some value support pieces will be just fine if we can improve our Oline a bit with a draft pick and maybe a decent value FA. Waller and Jacobs are important decisions to make as we do need some new pieces on Dline and at DB on the defensive side. I think it's important to acknowledge that no team is 'complete' with no weaknesses as the salary cap is very prohibitive of that but if we can add one or two good draft picks and a few value FAs then I think we'll be fine moving forward as the cap goes up and Carrs cap hit will probably be moved about. Or we have the 'out' this year with Carr so that is another big decision to add to Waller and Jacobs. An awful lot of potentially moving pieces this offseason.
This stuff is always interesting, and fun to read. Your knowledge is impressive, and I trust your scouting skills.
However, you know it's all in vain, don't you. You can find all the perfect fits for this team you want - and they're going to draft Cole Strange in the first round, and 3 CBs from smallish schools.
I have given up mocking players to the Patriots. Our picks are too sensible.
What is this thinking?!?? You're not allowed to thinkkk.
1) Timing of cash flows is not right
2) Highsmith is replaceable, TJ is not
3) What can I get for him?
Chatter: If I don't wanna pay him $20m per and soak 25% of the cap into two starting OLBs that still get beat by a QB throwing a 10 yd hitch
Standard progression for every player, really. Like most players, churn and burn. Keep the very best and sign them to top 10 contracts whose skill merits the figure, stack this action, rinse, and repeat.
If done with great vigor, you will accumulate more talent than other teams (i.e. salary cap)
I had Highsmith pegged at a swap of 1.08 (via Phi via New Orleans) for 2.34 plus some eagles luggage (3rd and 4th) bc I really like that value.
I don't think you get a flat out first, so you have to get creative. I think you stay stingy at a 2nd and tag unless you have enough perpetual motion (momentum) with gobbling up picks where it makes sense to take the pick bc of said value proposition (i.e. draft class) in relation to the field. (Say 120 to 55)
If you can move Highsmith, then you can easily move DJ for an early 2nd to say Green Bay. And if you move both of them, Najee for a 3rd is also good business.
Honestly, getting picks is the textbook definition of creating a value proposition (which has the most value)
I think it's important to move Highsmith. And I drafted him.
Would you believe I drafted Diontae Johnson 25 times, too?