Madmike90 Posted January 18 Share Posted January 18 Resign… RB…David Montgomery FB…Khari Blasingame TE…Ryan Griffin OLB…Matthew Adams CB…Josh Blackwell (ERFA) S…DeAndre Houston-Carson LS…Patrick Scales I think if you purely look at Monty as a RB then we don’t resign him…his career average just doesn’t warrant it on paper however he has ran behind some terrible offensive lines and while he should never be considered an out and out #1 RB combined with Herbert & another explosive RB he can be the glue to hold everything together…short yardage…game winning drives where you need to protect the ball is exactly what he should be used for…pass pro and as a receiver out the backfield are again real strengths…add in his leadership and mentality in the locker room and a contract that pays well over the next couple of seasons would make a lot of sense for both parties in a stacked RB market…Blasingame has been really effective when on the field and there is no reason to look for another FB at this point as he brings a lot of physicality to the run game…Griffin is just playing too often…he is a solid #3 TE and seems like a good guy to have around the locker room for his experience…Adams is a stand out special teamer who can be depth at all three LBs spots and seems to be Flus’ boy…Blackwell has really impressed on special teams and looked like he might be something when playing nickel with Gordon out…I like him as a development piece moving forward…DHC continues to be one of the best special teamers in the league and has always looked solid when taking snaps on defence…Scales continues to be a rock solid long snapper…all these guys outside of Monty would return at close to vet min and in lesser roles can be efficient players for us. I would also expect us to re-up some guys for competition and PS purposes early in the offseason like Darrynton Evans, Dante Pettis, Sam Mustipher, Mike Pennel, Armon Watts & Joe Thomas…I would also be open to bringing Byron Pringle back on a much lesser contract. All other FAs are released. Cuts… Cody Whitehair (Post June 1st) $4,200,000 to the dead cap…saving $9,900,000 Whitehair has been overpaid for the last few years now and just doesn’t fit what this FO & coaching staff are going to value in terms of size and length in the trenches…time to move on and spend that near $10 million on an upgrade. Lucas Patrick (Post June 1st) $1,482,500 to the dead cap…saving $3,900,000 Another OL who just doesn’t fit the physical profile we should be looking at upfront…the injuries didn’t help but even when he was healthy and in there he was poor at best…we need to get bigger and more physical in the trenches. Al-Quadin Muhammad $500,000 to the dead cap…saving $4,000,000 Muhammad has been a major disappointment up front and given his contact is an easy cut who saves us money that could be used elsewhere to sure up the position more. Cairo Santos $1,500,000 to the dead cap…saving $1,775,000 The NFL has changed to where kickers are expected to have a serious look at anything from up to 60 yards out…Santos just doesn’t have the leg for that and struggles from even 50…we need to find a kicker who fits the city and the conditions they will be expected to kick in. Free Agency… WR…Darius Slayton…6-1” 195lbs…Giants… Slayton is a young guy with a ton of physical traits that could make him excel in this offence as a #3/#4 behind Mooney & Claypool as well as a potential #1 trade in…at 6-1” 195lbs he has ideal size and longer than expected arms at just under 33” and 10” hands…that along with a 40.5” vertical allows him to go up compete for balls down the field using his 4.39 speed to gain vertical separation…Slayton has had drops in his career and concentration issues but was productive in his first few years in the league playing under our WR coach Tyke Tolbert which alongside the opportunity to come and play with a dynamic QB like Fields is enough to get him signed to a decent deal. TE…Foster Moreau…6-5” 250lbs…Raiders… For all the improvements we are seeing in the passing game I still very much so expect us to be a run first team moving forward given the talent we have in the backfield and the scheme we play…Moreau would make for a real upgrade as our #2 TE given he is both a better blocker and a far better receiving option than Ryan Griffin is at this point in their career…Moreau might cost a little more money than some other options out there to be the #2 TE but if he can show out he could save us money on a Cole Kmet contract next offseason which depending on how Poles values the TE spot will be an interesting contact because he clearly likes Kmet…could be another Roquan/Monty situation. OT…Jawaan Taylor…6-5” 310lbs…Jaguars… Time to spend some real money…Taylor is not only the right sort of age of the guys we should be looking at given he is only 25 years old but plays a position of massive importance which we have had a revolving door at this year…Taylor would come in and play RT where his 6-5” 310lbs frame with 35’1/2” arms will tick a lot of boxes for Poles & co given what we know they value…Taylor is young but by the end of this season will have started 65 games in his career…he has the athletic upside to play in this scheme given we can ask him to run block in space…Taylor struggled early in his career with pass pro but this year has only give up 4 sack and 14 QB pressures this season…that would represent a big upgrade over what we have had at the position and a long term building block up front. C…Evan Brown…6-3” 320lbs…Lions… Brown is a guy who has really stepped up in the absence of one of the top centres in football Frank Ragnow’s absence and made the drop off look minimal…Brown is an excellent athlete both in terms of speed with a 5.02 forty…explosiveness 36” vertical…& power with 36 reps on the bench press…he is only 6-3” but has near 33” arms adding better length than we currently have…he also has a background at both centre and guard so offers versatility…this is a younger more athletic Lucas Patrick signing where he can start early but hopefully be challenged from a draft pick and become quality depth. DE…Charles Omenihu…6-5” 275lbs…49ers… Adding talent on the defensive line is going to be incredibly important to fixing this defence…we need to find talent that fit this scheme and a huge part of that is finding versatile, long, athletic players who play with a motor and aggression…Omenihu really fits that role…at 6-5” 275lbs he has the size and mass to set the edge against the run especially with his 36” arms making him tough to get outside of…when rushing the passer he is just so big and long he overwhelms a lot of tackles and creates a lot for others on the 9ers DL…his 4.5 sacks don’t jump off the page however the 16 TFL is good for joint 14th in the league last season…Omenihu really seems to fit what Poles has looked for in DEs in the past and the fact will only turn 26 years old at the start of next year is another big plus. DE…Arden Key…6-5” 245lbs…Jaguars… We continue to work the tiers and add more DE talent before we hit the draft…Dominique Robinson was supposed to be a situational pass rusher last season but got pressed into too much action and it is clear the role was too much for him…I can see him competing with Gipson for that last DL spot but possibly ending up on the PS meaning we need to find a pass rusher who can come in on passing situations and really get after the QB…Arden Key has had an up and down career but in his last two stops of San Fran & Jacksonville it seems to be coming together…on limited snaps he has 11 sacks and 32 QBHs over the last two seasons…he can be the RE when we look for match ups inside for some of these other Des…the more versatile we can be up front the better this defence will work. DT…Daron Payne…6-3” 320lbs…Washington… The approach at DT has to be more aggressive than even at DE IMO…we have to target the top DT in FA and that IMO is Payne because we simply have to get better inside on defence and find a way to stop the run on a consistent basis as well as getting some guys who can get after the QB …Payne is a physical player who could line up at either UT or NT which would provide massive flexibility in the draft if we wanted to draft either Carter or Anderson…I think he can be truly either in this scheme at NT given how attacking our NT will be asked to be…he will be a LBs best friend while also getting after the QB….over the last two seasons he has really taken a step forward with that currently having 16 sacks & 33 QB hits along with 24 TFL…that is the production we need inside…if I am Poles or Flus I pull a Lovie and be waiting on this guy’s driveway at the start of FA. DT…Derrick Nnadi…6-1” 317lbs…Chiefs… As much as getting a big time player like Payne is an excellent start to fixing this interior DL there is no doubt we need more and specifically more players to help stop the run which has to be an early fix for this defence…Nnadi is a stout tackle who seems to have fallen down the ranks in KC but who has always been a solid role player…I think as a rotation NT he would really fit the 2 down player we could need inside before playing some of these bigger, longer and more athletic DEs as interior rushers…Nnadi should be a fairly cheap add. LB…Tremaine Edmunds…6-5” 253lbs…Bills… I think as much as we will want to target the primer positions we have to find a way to get Flus some guys who fit his scheme on the defensive side…signing Payne would be a massive get to fill the 3T role if we go a different direction in the draft…Gordon started to look better as the season went on and with improved pass rush will be the starting NB…but what are we doing at WILL? Roquan clearly just wasn’t a fit seemingly from a personality or positional stand point so we need to try and find a dominant WILL who can fill the Shaq Leonard role here…Edmunds has all the physical traits to be just that…6-5” 253lbs with 34 1/2 “ arms and 4.52 speed he brings the run and hit element to his game that we lacked from the WILL spot last season…Edmunds is also excellent against the pass with 35 PBUs over the last 5 seasons…5 seasons which have lead to him playing multiple times in the playoffs and being named a team captain despite still only being 24 years old…Edmunds could be a mainstay of this defence for years to come. LB…Bobby Okereke…6-2” 235lbs…Colts… I think it is clear Jack Sanborn has earned the right to be the starter at MLB next season given his play before heading to IR but IMO it is clear we need an upgrade at the other two starting LB spots with Morrow being a bit of a liability…Okereke plays MLB in Indy (& could do in case of Sanborn injury again) but IMO his skill set is an even better fit for the SAM or WILL in this scheme given his physical traits and has probably just not been played there because of how good Leonard is…6-1” 240lbs but with 34 ½” arms he more than fits the length requirement…runs a 4.56 forty and has a 33 ½” vertical so again brings the speed and explosiveness they want at that spot…allowing him to be a run and hit WILL with Sanborn playing as downhill as he does would make for a really nice combination and Okereke’s knowledge of the scheme wouldn’t hurt either. CB…Rock Ya-Sin…6-0” 190lbs…Raiders… Another ex Flus guy in Indy who I think could come in here and be an excellent fit in terms of need, scheme fit, value & experience…JJ has played well at corner this season and Kyler looks like he is starting to get better in the slot role but I am still concerned for the #2 CB position where I think guys like Jones & Vildor have without doubt looked better as the season have went on but I still see them as depth only options…Ya-Sin would come in and lock down that 2nd CB role with his experience in the scheme and ideal combination of size/length & athletic upside…increase the pass rush and add a veteran presence like Rock and that secondary is going to look excellent if Jackson comes back healthy and Jaquan continues to develop. S…Donovan Wilson…6-1” 205lbs…Cowboys… Brisker looks like he can become a real star on the back end with an improved front 7…Eddie also looked good last season until the pass rush fell off a cliff but then picked up an injury…looking at the depth at safety DHC is a solid enough player but truthfully we could use a depth upgrade and to try and future proof a move to take Eddie off the roster next year given his cap hit…Wilson came out of nowhere this season behind Dallas’ pass rush to look like a star at the safety spot at times…6-1” 205lbs with 33’1/2” arms he would bring the size we want in what will be looking for in what will quickly become combo safeties in this scheme…Wilson was very effective in and around the box with 5 sacks…9 QBHs…7 TFL & 101 tackles overall…he plays with real speed and decisiveness and even in year one brings the sort of versatility to line up alongside Brisker & Jackson on some downs…he would be a really underrated pickup but on the field he is excellent. K…Matt Gay…6-0” 230lbs…Rams… As I said before we badly need a kicker who can hit from 50+ in order to keep the scoreboard ticking over…Santos doesn’t offer that so I would rather pay a little more for a kicker like Gay when we have so much to play cap to play with. Draft… ***TRADE*** Bears trade pick #1 to Indy for pick #4 + #35…2024 1st round pick & DE Dayo Odeyingbo… The Colts are going to have to jump the Texans to ensure they get their QB of the next 10-15 years rather than facing the guy for the next 10-15 years…Jim Irsay seems to have gone off the deep end this season and Chris Ballard needs to make a big move happen in order to keep his own job moving forward…knowing the Colts HC would be huge here but I think either way they need to bring a face of the franchise in and they will give up a solid amount to make that happen…he also finished with 13 QBH & 5 TFL as his snaps continued to increase as the season went on…Dayo would be an excellent fit at LE in this defence. DE…Dayo Odeyingbo…6-5” 278lbs… Dayo is a clear fit for what Flus wants in his DEs considering Flus was in the building when they drafted him…at 6-5” 278lbs with over 35” arms he is another versatile, long, athletic defender who towards the end of last season really started to show his potential with 5 sacks over the last 3.5 sacks over the last 4 games to take his total for the season to 5…he also had Round 1.4… DT…Jalen Carter…6-3” 310lbs…Georgia… “The engine that makes us go”…that is how Flus describes the UT position in this defence and due to that I think we will have Carter graded higher than Anderson…Carter brings legit game wrecking potential inside with a combination of size, length, strength, athletic ability & aggressiveness that has been rarely matched in recent years…some will question Carter’s production but if you watch Georgia’s defence he is asked to very rarely get up the field and shoot gaps…he stays at the LOS and controls offensive linemen to allow others to make plays…that said on the occasions he is able to play with more freedom he uses his physical traits to destroy run blocking schemes and be a terror when rushing the passer…I have seen some defensive ends like Will Anderson…I have very rarely seen a DT with all the tools Carter has. Round 2.35… OG…Darnell Wright…6-5” 335lbs…Tennessee… Right now this might feel a little high for Wright but I reckon when we get into these all-star games as well as the combine and coaches start to wat the tape Wright will rocket up boards…when you look at the size he is on paper you probably think he can’t play in the zone scheme we currently run but he is an excellent athlete and plays smaller on the move…his length and power really show as a run blocker and with his mentality to put people in the ground it would give us a terrifying set of OGs alongside Jenkins as two guys who can just flat out bully defensive linemen…in pass pro I figured he would struggle a little but having watched a few of his games it is clear to see why he is a former 5 star recruit because he has real movement skills…his tape against Will Anderson & Bama is very impressive and moving him inside is only further going to hide any deficiencies…considering what Poles found in Trey Smith out of Tennessee I think he will love this guy. Round 2.53… DE…Keion White…6-5” 283lbs…Georgia Tech… I think we have to go all out to fix this DL if we want to fix this defence…everything in this scheme starts up front and IMO Flus is brining about the revolution of the old “Cover 2” scheme…where as before DEs would be around if not under the 250lbs mark Flus wants bigger, stronger & longer defensive linemen who can dominate in the run game as well as wear offensive linemen down when rushing the passer…White played on a terrible Georgia Tech team but stood out in every game I saw against some far more talent teams…he is so athletic & strong that he can win in a multitude of different ways from a ton of different spots…he could legitimately play as a UT in this scheme or as an end which is where I project him to start out his career given his explosiveness and size I think he could be a nightmare for a lot of OTs in this league. Round 3.64… ***Trade*** Bears trade pick #64 to Arizona for WR DeAndre Hopkins… We need to find a true #1 WR for Fields this offseason…the next 2 years of his career are going to be the most important of his career when it comes to developing as a passer…we have seen how QBs like Josh Allen with Stefon Diggs & Jalen Hurts with AJ Brown has gotten so much better knowing they have a true #1 receiver to go to…Hopkins is a little older and coming off missing half a season with a suspension but when he did play he was still excellent for Arizona this year…I think he really could make this offence excellent by giving Getsy that Davante Adams type #1 receiver as well as slotting Claypool & Mooney into their more natural roles which will massively help the entire offence and give us time to hopefully develop our own quality receiving core rather than having to trade for big name stars. Round 4.102… WR…Trey Palmer…6-1” 190lbs…Nebraska… Speaking of finding WRs who could develop into quality options down the line Palmer is an excellent example of that…the former 5 star recruit who transferred to Nebraska from LSU showed just what he could do when getting there 71 catches for 1,043 yards & 9TDs off the back of some pretty average QB play…at 6-1” 190lbs with long arms he brings the ideal size to play both outside and in…he has great speed and suddenness as well as COD skills and with a little more development could become a really nice complimentary player for this offence…reminds me a lot of Josh Palmer of the Charges though isn’t quite as thick on his frame. Round 4.133… C…Joe Tippmann…6-5” 315lbs…Wisconsin… More talent in the trenches in order to protect QB1 and to change the dynamic of our OL…gone should be the days of shorter linemen who lack length and size…we need to find this bigger, longer more physically gifted and imposing linemen who can not only move but also maul defensive linemen…Tippman has rare size for the centre position as a former OT…be brings that size and length to the centre spot as well as his athletic ability which allows him to pull and climb to the 2nd level on a regular basis…Tippman would compete with Evan Brown with either offering us an upgrade over what we have now purely from a genetic aspect. Round 5.139… OLB…Brenton Cox Jr…6-5” 250lbs…Florida… I considered a CB at this spot but I like what we saw out of Jaylon Jones & Josh Blackwell last season and think they both deserve the opportunity to show they can be solid depth options on defence rather than just quality special teamers…so here we add…you guessed it…another versatile, long & athletic defender who can play multiple positions and roles…Cox Jr was more of a stand up pass rusher at Florida and I think he can offer that here but I also think he would be a great fit as a SLB in this scheme where his size & length could be a real asset against the run next to Edmunds & Sanborn…I also think we could ask him to lose a little weight and see what he can do against some inline TEs in coverage…just a ball of clay to try and mould which we have seen Flus do in the past…Cox Jr would go far higher than this if he hadn’t been dismissed from Florida but I have no major concerns over his off-field issues and I think Poles will be open to giving guys 2nd chances. Round 5.158 RB…Roschon Johnson…6-1” 225lbs…Texas… If we bring back Monty and with Herbert coming back to 100% we are pretty set for the top two of the rotation but last year we got lucky that Herbert went down for longer than Monty…Herbert is a better pure runner but isn’t great in pass pro or as a receiver out of the backfield so IMO we have to find a RB who excels in those areas to be potentially pair with Herbert long term when we eventually move on from Monty…Johnson is a backup at Texas but is one of the most respected guys in the locker room…he is a tone setter who has excellent size for the position as well as that all important ability to not one be a quality runner but also a really good receiver and pass protector…those elements shouldn’t be underestimated and Johnson would be a nice change up in that backfield…should be great on teams as well with his attitude. Round 7… OT…Javon Foster…6-5” 318lbs…Missouri… Braxton has been an excellent find for us but I don’t see anyone else on this team who could play LT in the event of injury…Foster has a lot of LT traits in terms of feet & length and given he has been tested in the SEC might go earlier than this depending on testing but we have to find someone we think can develop in case the worst comes to the worst at that spot. Depth Chart… QB…Justin Fields…Trevor Siemian RB…David Montgomery…Khalil Herbert…Roschon Johnson FB…Khari Blasingame WR…DeAndre Hopkins…Darius Slayton WR…Chase Claypool…Equanimeous St. Brown Slot…Darnell Mooney…Trey Palmer…Velus Jones Jr TE…Cole Kmet…Foster Moreau…Ryan Griffin LT…Braxton Jones…Javon Foster LG…Darnell Wright…Alex Leatherwood C…Evan Brown…Joe Tippmann RG…Teven Jenkins RT…Jawaan Taylor…Larry Borom LE…Dayo Odeyingbo…Keion White…Trevis Gipson NT…Daron Payne…Derrick Nnadi UT…Jalen Carter…Justin Jones RE…Charles Omenihu…Arden Key SLB…Bobby Okereke…Brenton Cox Jr MLB…Jack Sanborn…Matthew Adams WLB…Tremaine Edmunds…Stirling Weatherford NB…Kyler Gordon…Josh Blackwell CB…Rock Ya-Sin…Kindle Vildor CB…Jaylon Jackson…Jaylon Jones SS…Jaquan Brisker…Donovan Wilson FS…Eddie Jackson…Deandre Houston-Carson P…Trenton Gill K…Matt Gay LS…Patrick Scales 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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