HuskieBear Posted January 31 Share Posted January 31 (edited) Real quick mock with players bouncing around my head as targets. This isn't nearly a full offseason, but me playing around on OTC and mock simulators. Going to make any trades/players acquired basic (i'm not over thinking numbers or anything) 2023 Offseason Cuts Whitehair - saves 5.8M AQM - saves 3.9M No other players stick out as cut candidates. No 6/1 cuts since we have the cap space to absorb now and be done with it/leave as little dead money moving forward as possible Resigning Reiff - 3M Morrow - 2.5M DHC - 2M Watts - Minimum Pennel - Minimum Scales - Minimum Adams - Minimum Blasingame - Minimum Wesco - Minimum Mustipher - ROFR/2.6M (low key hate this, but alas) Evans - RFA 2.6M Eiselen - ERFA 870k Reiff is resigned as a backup tackle/swing tackle. Morrow resigns as starting WLB again - i know we want to upgrade our LBs, but that might be a next season kinda thing. DHC is a captain and ST stud, as well as capable backup. Minimum depth signings everywhere else. Mustipher comes back to compete with Kramer to be backup C. Extensions Johnson - 5 years/80M - $16M/year Kmet - 4 years/48M - $12M/year JJ doesn't have the flash, but as a 2nd round player he's come in and played like a low level 1 or high level 2 and gets paid accordingly. Kmet was singled out by Poles in his end of year press conference as a dude and gets rewarded for it after his best year as a pro. Poles rewards guys with extensions. Need to see Mooney after the injury first. Free Agency Da'Ron Payne - 5 years/90M - $18M/year Zach Allen - 4 years/28M - $7M/year Orlando Brown - 5 years/110M - $22M/year I don't plan on filling FA out more, just gonna focus on the big guys. Orlando Brown gets paid as a LT like he wants and KC might not be able to afford that. Absolutely massive human being, maybe an overpay, but having him until his age 32/33 season could be worse. Everyone knows about and wants Payne, don't have to get into much detail here. Allen might be an underpay here, could see him getting a good deal, but this gives us a starting DE with the size Flus wants and is a young, ascending player. Draft *TRADE* Bears trade 1.1 in Colts for 1.4, 2.25 and a 2024 1st. This might be reasonable, this might be light, it might be too much. Tried to keep it fair and basic 1.4 (from Colts) - Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia - is this redundant with Payne? no, can never have enough pressure up the middle and would make us a force there. could also allow us to rotate both guys to keep them fresh 2.35 (from Colts) - Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas - i went back and forth with this pick. Simulators are all over the place - Ringo was available in one and thought about grabbing him as our trevon diggs next to jj and putting gordon in the slot. van ness was available in another and would instantly give our dline 4 new starts. in the end, Sanders was available in both and i went with him. Sanders is 6-5, 240 and can run. Originally a 5 star edge recruit, he started out at bama before going to arkansas where he finished the season with 9.5 sacks as an off ball LB. needs to be better with diagnosing plays, but i think he could be the WLB Flus is looking for - especially with Sanborn manning the middle now. Morrow starting at SLB with Adams/Weatherford/Thomas backing up is pretty decent. 2.53 - Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State - ohh baby are our OTs BIG. I know Poles likes athletes, and for their size, these guys are athletic. Jones made a good decision going back to school this year and definitely got better, showing scouts he could use his bigger body with technique rather than just size. again, this is a guy that was available in both mock simulators i did. Jones and Brown will make it difficult to go through, forcing guys to go around them and giving JF1 a pocket to step up into, and both guys are road pavers. He's not a finished product, but a right side with Jenkins and Jones would be fierce. 3.64 - Zach Harrison, Edge, Ohio State - sticking with my "both simulators (pfn and pff) need to have the player available rule, i went with a physical specimen to add to our dline. He doesn't have to start right away, as Gipson and Allen can start with robinson as a rotational piece too, but it gives him a chance to come in and get better with technique, while also giving us a guy oozing with potential who should have multiple opportunities to get after the QB with payne/carter/allen also on the line. I thought about going with TE Tucker Kraft here, as it would give JF1 another weapon on the field - even with Kmet being extended - but he just straight up was not in the PFF simulator. I also thought about a potential trade, this seems like a good place to move down a little bit and try and pick up another mid-round draft pick, just don't know the value and they're hard to predict. Could use another mid-round pick here though because... *TRADE* Bears trade 4.103 and a conditional 2024 5th round pick to the Cardinals for WR DeAndre Hopkins. I honestly don't know what Hopkins would go for. I'm sure AZ wants a day 2 pick, but with his current age, contract, and sussy/injury history, they might not get that. Plus Dhop has a no-trade clause and would likely want a new contract. Our first pick on day 3 might sway them, plus we can give DHop a new deal with front loaded guarantees and spread the hit out on the back end. The conditional pick is based on player/team production/success - a 4th just seems light, so i threw that in. We saw what happened when Hurts got a guy he could trust, and Hopkins could be that for Fields. 4.134 (from Eagles) - Kenny McIntosh, RB, Georgia - ok, breaking my rule a little bit, as PFF doesn't have us with PHI's 4th rounder from the Quinn trade and Kenny went 4 picks before us on this one, and Roschon Johnson went 4 picks before us on PFN. I want to target one of those guys with our 4th rounder to back up Herbert. Both are bigger than KH24 and would be great backs to spell him, ultimately i went with McIntosh due to his pass BLOCKING abilities, which i feel are better than johnson's, but i wouldn't be upset with either of them. 5.137 - Jake Haener, QB, Freso State - For years we have neglected the QB position in the draft and have trotted out journeyman backups in the 30s forever. Haener is drafted to finally give the bears a developmental QB on the roster. Haener is not expected to be a starter in the league - but i think he's on the level of Minshew and Heinecke. He doesn't have the most physical QB skills, but the dude is a baller and tough as ****. I think he would be a perfect backup in this league. I thought about a guy closer to JF's skill set like DTR, but went with the better player over better fit here. How much more enjoyable would our season be if we had a guy like Haener coming in at the end instead of Siemian or Peterman. 5.159 (from Ravens) - Josh Whyle, TE, Cincinnati - Kmet is entrenched as the starter, Wesco is resigned as a blocker, and we have Chase Allen and Jake Tonges as depth guys. Whyle comes in as a player with great hands and good acceleration, but could improve his route running and blocking. On day 3, i'm looking for potential and depth, and i think Whyle is a good combo of both and would come in as TE2 for us. Also, what draft picks we have is really all over the place once you get into day 3. i've seen this pick as 150, 154, 158 and 159. 7.220 - C.J. Johnson, WR, East Carolina - I've said it before, but these sites need to update their ****. both of them have us with 6th round picks, which i dont believe we have (sent LAC back to them last year, and traded ours for Harry). A MadMike90 favorite, Johnson has size (6'2'', 225) with massive hands and patrols the middle of the field well. He doesn't create much separation, but has big paws and turns into a RB with the ball in his hands. It's not perfect, but let's see what we can do here. Depth Chart QB - Fields, Siemian, Haener (R) RB - Herbert, McIntosh (R), Evans FB - Blasingame WR - Hopkins, Mooney, Claypool, Jones, ESB, Johnson (R) TE - Kmet, Whyle (R), Wesco LT - Brown LG - Jones, Carter C - Patrick, Mustipher RG - Jenkins, Leatherwood RT - Jones (R), Rieff DE - Allen, Harrison (R) DT - Payne, Jones DT - Carter (R), Watts, Pennel DE - Gipson, Robinson WLB - Sanders (R), Weatherford MLB - Sanborn, Adams SLB - Morrow, Lewis CB - Johnson, Jones CB - Vildor, Ojemudia NB - Gordon, Blackwell FS - Jackson, Hicks SS - Brisker, DHC P - Gill K - Santos LS - Scales Roster is set. Current biggest needs looking at this is CB2, C, NT, depth G, backup C - but can't fix everything in one offseason. Obviously back 5-7 guys are interchangeable based on other FA signings, draft picks, and UDFA. Would try and sign K Jake Mooney from Michigan as a UDFA to compete with Santos. 3 new starters on the Oline (Orlando Brown at LT, Dawand Jones at RT, Braxton Jones at LG) and 3-4 new starters on the DLine (Allen, Carter, Payne, Harrison). New toys for JF (Hopkins, McIntosh, Whyle, Johnson), and a potential WLB of the future with Sanders. Edited January 31 by HuskieBear 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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