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6 hours ago, Fragafootball said:

Alright gentleman... free agency begins today.

  I will be cutting Austin and clearing an extra 3 million in cap space.

Donald has been extended for four years(max I could do in the system) earning about 15 million per year, 6 in salary and 7.5 prorated bonus.

I will also extend Joyner when I am able to, depending on what happens with our cap I can lower this years cap hit from the 11 million franchise tag.

I won't be placing any RFA tenders, Brett Jones-C interested me but I am still confident on resigning Sullivan.

 

Hopefully I can resign our players, and the plan is filling out ILB, DT, CB and now LG through FA and the draft. Don't want to put the full strategy here and be outbid but here are a few interesting FA names, let me know what you guys think.

ILB: Derrick Johnson, NaVorro Bowman, Paul Posluszny, Zach Brown, Todd Davis

DT: Dontari Poe, Allan Branch, Haloti Ngata, Stephen Paea

CB:Aaron Colvin, DJ Hayden, EJ Gaines, Kyle Fuller, Malcom Butler, Prince Amukamara, Terrence Newman

G: Evan Smith, Justin Pugh, Patrick Omameh, Earl Watford, Jahri Evans, Josh Kline, John Greco

 

Remember I do have to fit everyone in the budget so I probably won't get the best player in each position, my current Round 1 strategy puts us in great shape while leaving nearly 10 million in cap room. But again I would love to get everyone's scouting of the free agent market and take it into consideration. 

Just my own thoughts:

ILB - Johnson and Brown don't fit. Poz isn't a great fit either. I'd recommend considering guys like Tahir Whitehead and Avery Williamson as well.

DT - Paea isn't a good fit at NT.

CB - Gaines and Fuller don't fit our scheme. Newman is too old to play in our scheme. Prince is always injured. Butler is a great fit. I'd avoid Hayden. I think Vontae Davis and Bashaud Breeland are also guys worth considering.

OG - A lot of these guys don't fit our scheme. Pugh or Kline would be solid additions as starters. The other guys aren't starters imo. 

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11 minutes ago, jrry32 said:

Just my own thoughts:

ILB - Johnson and Brown don't fit. Poz isn't a great fit either. I'd recommend considering guys like Tahir Whitehead and Avery Williamson as well.

DT - Paea isn't a good fit at NT.

CB - Gaines and Fuller don't fit our scheme. Newman is too old to play in our scheme. Prince is always injured. Butler is a great fit. I'd avoid Hayden. I think Vontae Davis and Bashaud Breeland are also guys worth considering.

OG - A lot of these guys don't fit our scheme. Pugh or Kline would be solid additions as starters. The other guys aren't starters imo. 

Davis isn't available for some reason, gotta ask the league administrators, he is someone I'm interested in.

I'll look into Whitehead and Williamson.

Dang.... killed 90% of my CB options

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3 hours ago, jrry32 said:

Just my own thoughts:

ILB - Johnson and Brown don't fit. Poz isn't a great fit either. I'd recommend considering guys like Tahir Whitehead and Avery Williamson as well.

DT - Paea isn't a good fit at NT.

CB - Gaines and Fuller don't fit our scheme. Newman is too old to play in our scheme. Prince is always injured. Butler is a great fit. I'd avoid Hayden. I think Vontae Davis and Bashaud Breeland are also guys worth considering.

OG - A lot of these guys don't fit our scheme. Pugh or Kline would be solid additions as starters. The other guys aren't starters imo. 

jrry, beat me to it.  You have a lot of guys whose experience in a 3-4 is in a 2-gapping scheme, that's not Wade's scheme (1-gap) and the assignments given to the LB's are drastically different between 1-gap and 2-gap 3-4's.  Same goes with Paea.  Poe hasn't ever been asked to 1-gap (even Atlanta's scheme lined him up more as a 1T than a 0-Tech), but likely could.

Paul Worrilow could be an alright stop-gap at ILB for us (he was in Atlanta, Detroit asked him to play a different role and he didn't do as well), but he's still one of those "you're always looking at him like you can upgrade upon him" types.  Speaking as someone who still keeps tabs on the Chargers, Korey Toomer can be a good stop-gap thumper as well.

Quinton Dial is a purely rotational guy, but as a 0-Tech run-stuff who can also play in some 5-Tech in sub-packages, he's someone who is solid against the run.

Aaron Colvin should be on the CB list.  He's likely the best candidate for this year's version of Webster (primarily been stuck in the slot because he 1) does very well there, but also because 2) he's bounded by two higher-investment CB's in Ramsey and Bouye).  If NRC gets out of your price-range, I'd take a long look at Brandon Boykin; he's the kind of guy our coaches seem to really value (sound in the slot and a standout on ST's).  Davon House isn't great (but he's had a better track record of staying healthy than Amukamara has), but he has starting experience in a man-heavy scheme.  Also, if the market stays low-key for TJ Carrie, he's another one that has almost played exclusive slot (albeit man-coverage out of the slot) and been quite productive-if-sometimes-inconsistent; and he has the size/length to play the boundary.

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11 minutes ago, The LBC said:

jrry, beat me to it.  You have a lot of guys whose experience in a 3-4 is in a 2-gapping scheme, that's not Wade's scheme (1-gap) and the assignments given to the LB's are drastically different between 1-gap and 2-gap 3-4's.  Same goes with Paea.  Poe hasn't ever been asked to 1-gap (even Atlanta's scheme lined him up more as a 1T than a 0-Tech), but likely could.

Paul Worrilow could be an alright stop-gap at ILB for us (he was in Atlanta, Detroit asked him to play a different role and he didn't do as well), but he's still one of those "you're always looking at him like you can upgrade upon him" types.  Speaking as someone who still keeps tabs on the Chargers, Korey Toomer can be a good stop-gap thumper as well.

Quinton Dial is a purely rotational guy, but as a 0-Tech run-stuff who can also play in some 5-Tech in sub-packages, he's someone who is solid against the run.

Aaron Colvin should be on the CB list.  He's likely the best candidate for this year's version of Webster (primarily been stuck in the slot because he 1) does very well there, but also because 2) he's bounded by two higher-investment CB's in Ramsey and Bouye).  If NRC gets out of your price-range, I'd take a long look at Brandon Boykin; he's the kind of guy our coaches seem to really value (sound in the slot and a standout on ST's).

I like Toomer as well, but I'd look for someone more proven first.

Colvin would be a solid addition at the right price. Although, I think he's a better fit in an off-zone scheme. The Jags didn't have him press much. But I like his toughness, size, and overall athletic skill-set.

I'd also throw Beau Allen out as a NT. Wade has used a variety of types over the years for his scheme. With our issues at LB, I think I'd aim for a bigger, stronger guy with this defense. I think Tim Settle would absolutely kill for us. He could be another Jamal Williams, but I don't if we'll be in the right spot to land him. Da'Ron Payne would be a great addition, but we may need to use our first round pick elsewhere, and he may not last.

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First Round is in the books.

NRC has been resigned, may have overpaid a bit for him but not by much but he is worth it as I see him as one of the best if not slot corners in the game today.

Signed Allan Branch tô a cheap four year deal. Branch was great when New England lined up in the 3-4 a couple a seasons ago. He is a big body up the middle that can plug up the running lanes . He is also cheap enough that I can just use him as insurance as I don't think any of the two first round NTs will be available to me. If Vea or Payne drop I may still draft them. In the meantime we add another super bowl champion to the the defense.

Fuller got paid like a pro bowl corner as he was the most sought after name in Round 1. I tried to switch my target over to Butler in the last minute but couldn't do it in time. Butler went off the board in market value so I think I could have gotten him. Let's notch that up as the first loss of Free Agency. Looking at Guards, CBs and ILBs for Round 2. 

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Lamarcus Joyner extended:

Team LAR   Status Prev. Team 4-DIGIT ID CONCATENATE Name Pos. Exp. Grade Vet. Min. Base Salary Prorated Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Cap Number Expected APY Expected SB Contract Length Declining Talent Tag Amount
      TAG LAR 3802 3802 - Lamarcus Joyner - S Lamarcus Joyner S 4 99.00% $790,000 $11,885,235       $11,885,235 $11,830,516 $2,578,506 6   $11,885,235
                                           
Player's Minimum Contract Requirements                      
 
           
Contract Length 5     Year 4-DIGIT ID CONCATENATE Name Pos. Exp. Grade Vet. Min    
Franchise Tag Extension
 
APY Amount $11,885,235     2017 3802 3802 - Lamarcus Joyner - S Lamarcus Joyner S 4 99.00% $790,000      
Signing Bonus Amount $13,953,266                          
Signing Bonus % 23.48%         Contract Structured Criteria              
            APY Ruling PASS              
Enter SB Value $15,000,000         Subsequent Ruling PASS              
Proration Amount $3,000,000         Vet. Min Ruling PASS              
APY Amount $11,900,000         Extension Allotment Ruling PASS                      
                                           
2018 Available Cap $47,444,222   Year 4-DIGIT ID CONCATENATE Name Pos. Exp. Grade Vet. Min Base Salary Prorated Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Cap Number   Subsequent Contract Structure Ruling  
2019 Available Cap $98,946,647 1 2018 3802 3802 - Lamarcus Joyner - S Lamarcus Joyner S 4 99.00% $790,000 $5,200,000 $3,000,000     $8,200,000   Within Limits 20% 40%  
2019 Contract Amount $9,600,000 2 2019 3802 3802 - Lamarcus Joyner - S Lamarcus Joyner S 4 99.00% $790,000 $6,600,000 $3,000,000     $9,600,000   YES $6,560,000 $9,840,000  
Balance: $89,346,647 3 2020 3802 3802 - Lamarcus Joyner - S Lamarcus Joyner S 4 99.00% $790,000 $8,500,000 $3,000,000     $11,500,000   YES $7,680,000 $11,520,000  
2018 Savings: $3,685,235 4 2021 3802 3802 - Lamarcus Joyner - S Lamarcus Joyner S 4 99.00% $790,000 $10,700,000 $3,000,000 $100,000   $13,800,000   YES $9,200,000 $13,800,000  
    5 2022 3802 3802 - Lamarcus Joyner - S Lamarcus Joyner S 4 99.00% $790,000 $13,000,000 $3,000,000 $400,000   $16,400,000   YES $11,040,000 $16,560,000  
                    PASS $44,000,000 $15,000,000 $500,000 $0 $59,500,000   0      
                              APY VALUE $11,900,000          

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extended Michael Brockers

Extension Contract Sheet
         
REMEMBER TO POST THE CONCATENATE PLAYER INFORMATION IN THE LEAGUE OFFICE, NOTING THAT YOU HAVE CREATED AN EXTENDED CONTRACT. DO NOT DELETE THIS UNTIL NOTIFIED BY AN OPERATIONS MANAGER.
               
  Select Player to Extend     Contract Structured Criteria        
  1311 - Michael Brockers - 34DT   Original Contract   APY Ruling PASS        
  Player's Expected Contract Length 4   Year 4-DIGIT ID CONCATENATE Name Pos. Exp. Grade Vet Min Base Salary Base Guar. Prorated Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Cap Number   Subsequent Ruling PASS        
  Include Signing Bonus (ie. $7,000,000) $10,000,000   2018 1311 1311 - Michael Brockers - 34DT Michael Brockers 34DT 6 87.5% $790,000 $5,250,000   $750,000 $5,000,000 $0 $11,000,000   Vet. Min Ruling PASS        
          2019 1311 1311 - Michael Brockers - 34DT Michael Brockers 34DT 7 87.5% $930,000 $7,777,777   $750,000 $2,222,223 $0 $10,750,000   Extension Allotment Ruling PASS        
  Contract APY cannot be below this value $12,100,000   2020                             Signing Bonus Ruling PASS        
  Contract Signing Bonus cannot be below this value $8,461,312                   $13,027,777 $0 $1,500,000 $7,222,223 $0 $21,750,000              
  Contract Length must be this value 4  
CONTRACT PASSES INSPECTION
                  APY: $10,875,000                
  Contract APY Amount $13,180,556                                        
  Contract APY Difference 8.55%                                              
          Extended Contract                
          Year 4-DIGIT ID CONCATENATE Name Pos. Exp. Grade   Base Salary   Prorated Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Cap Number   Subsequent Contract Structure Ruling   Within Limits
Vet. Min (yearly)
 
  Extension Allotment: $98,946,647 1 2018 1311 1311 - Michael Brockers - 34DT Michael Brockers 34DT 6 87.5% $790,000 $1,000,000   $3,250,000 $5,000,000 $0 $9,250,000   Within Limits 20% 40%   Pass $790,000  
  Extension offer 1 -$1,722,223 2 2019 1311 1311 - Michael Brockers - 34DT Michael Brockers 34DT 7 87.5% $930,000 $7,000,000   $3,250,000 $2,222,223 $0 $12,472,223   YES $7,400,000 $12,950,000   Pass $930,000  
  Balance: $97,224,424 3 2020 1311 1311 - Michael Brockers - 34DT Michael Brockers 34DT 8 87.5% $945,000 $12,000,000   $2,500,000     $14,500,000   YES $9,977,778 $17,461,112   Pass $945,000  
  Additional Signing Bonus Proration $2,500,000 4 2021 1311 1311 - Michael Brockers - 34DT Michael Brockers 34DT 9 87.5% $960,000 $14,000,000   $2,500,000     $16,500,000   YES $11,600,000 $20,300,000   Pass $960,000  
  Total Proration Amount: $2,500,000 5 2022                                          
  2017 Savings: $1,750,000 6 2023                                          
  2018 Savings: -$1,722,223 7 2024                                          
                          $34,000,000 $0 $11,500,000 $7,222,223 $0 $52,722,223   4       4    
                                  APY: $13,180,556                
                                                     

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Both moves saved us a little money in this years cap while extending two of what I consider extremely important pieces of our young defense. 

I also made a big trade.....

I sent our fifth round pick to the Eagles for Jason Peters.

Doug Peterson has been talking about moving him to guard and that is what I intend to do. I get that he is old but he has been the most consistent tackle in the league in recent years. He plans on playing another 3 years and we have him under contract for 2. With Whitworth and Peters spearheading our offensive line for two years I think we can bring the Lombardi home. I also plan on bringing a couple young OL in the draft, who better to learn from than two future HOFs? I think a fifth round pick was a pretty cheap price. 

If I can grab another piece in free agency I feel like we are in a great place for the draft. 

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Well, hopefully, he can step in and play like Saffold did. I'm not a huge fan of trading picks for players near retirement, but it fills a need. Now, we aren't pressured into going OG early.

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4 hours ago, jrry32 said:

Well, hopefully, he can step in and play like Saffold did. I'm not a huge fan of trading picks for players near retirement, but it fills a need. Now, we aren't pressured into going OG early.

Picked up Avery Williamson today per your recommendation. He's an elite ILB, especially when closing in on the run. CB market is pretty thin as I got outbid on both rounds. I'm not 100 % confident in going with Talib, NRC, Webster and Hill. So I'll probably use one of the first 3 picks on CB. Basically need to fill Center now. Stalled on the decision between paying heavy to bring back Sullivan or investing in someone else. Also another position I could fill in the draft but it would have to be with the first pick. I like where we're at. I made a couple mistakes especially when analyzing what I took on trade salaries but we have at least 5 blue chip players in every aspect of the team. I feel like this team would be a super bowl contender on paper. But we already were contenders before the season started so it's not like that's  saying much.

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9 minutes ago, Fragafootball said:

Picked up Avery Williamson today per your recommendation. He's an elite ILB, especially when closing in on the run. 

I gotta be honest. I really don't like that contract. We're signing a guy to be a thumper. We shouldn't be spending big bucks on that. Good job bringing back McQuaide, though. We just barely missed on Vontae.

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5 minutes ago, jrry32 said:

I gotta be honest. I really don't like that contract. We're signing a guy to be a thumper. We shouldn't be spending big bucks on that. Good job bringing back McQuaide, though. We just barely missed on Vontae.

He was the cheapest out of the other FA ILBs available. I would have missed out on him if I hadn't bid this round. Granted I probably did over pay for him, but he fit the budget. Wish we had gotten Davis, he would have been a great budget pickup. Now I'm a little lost at the CB position outside of the draft. Really wish I had bid on Butler on Round 1.

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29 minutes ago, Fragafootball said:

He was the cheapest out of the other FA ILBs available. I would have missed out on him if I hadn't bid this round. Granted I probably did over pay for him, but he fit the budget. Wish we had gotten Davis, he would have been a great budget pickup. Now I'm a little lost at the CB position outside of the draft. Really wish I had bid on Butler on Round 1.

You could have waited. It's a thumper ILB. If we didn't get Williamson, there would have been other options. Paying him almost $10 million per year is a mistake imo. He's worth around half of that imo. The problem with FA in this thing is that people are so desperate to use their cap room that they grossly overpay for players. You gotta be patient with it. Anyways, no big deal. You live and learn. The Williamson contract was nowhere near the worst given out this round.

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9 hours ago, jrry32 said:

You could have waited. It's a thumper ILB. If we didn't get Williamson, there would have been other options. Paying him almost $10 million per year is a mistake imo. He's worth around half of that imo. The problem with FA in this thing is that people are so desperate to use their cap room that they grossly overpay for players. You gotta be patient with it. Anyways, no big deal. You live and learn. The Williamson contract was nowhere near the worst given out this round.

Don't be badmouthing my deal to Ross Cockrell, sir!!!!! 

No, but seriously...I agree with Jrry. I was in the same boat looking for a two down thumper and I elected to wait and see what fell in the next round just because I thought that they were a tad bit over priced (2 down thumpers I comped in the 5-6 range in salary with maybe a tiny bump). A lot of these guys are very similar - Toomer, Davis, Williamson, Hitchens. I didn't feel like all of them were going to go in this round, so I just elected to wait and see who fell. I would have liked Bowman on a shorter 1-2 year deal at a strong apy over Williamson to be honest. I would have thought he'd be a great pairing with Ogletree for your thumper role. But if you have a target in mind, you kind of take your chance when you can,because people aren't afraid to spend their money in this thing. I knew that Ross Cockrell wasn't going to have a huge market given that he's a zone specific corner and most people don't really know who he is, so I signed him now and said screw it. He probably would have fallen a couple of more rounds (at least one more).

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2 hours ago, Forge said:

Don't be badmouthing my deal to Ross Cockrell, sir!!!!! 

No, but seriously...I agree with Jrry. I was in the same boat looking for a two down thumper and I elected to wait and see what fell in the next round just because I thought that they were a tad bit over priced (2 down thumpers I comped in the 5-6 range in salary with maybe a tiny bump). A lot of these guys are very similar - Toomer, Davis, Williamson, Hitchens. I didn't feel like all of them were going to go in this round, so I just elected to wait and see who fell. I would have liked Bowman on a shorter 1-2 year deal at a strong apy over Williamson to be honest. I would have thought he'd be a great pairing with Ogletree for your thumper role. But if you have a target in mind, you kind of take your chance when you can,because people aren't afraid to spend their money in this thing. I knew that Ross Cockrell wasn't going to have a huge market given that he's a zone specific corner and most people don't really know who he is, so I signed him now and said screw it. He probably would have fallen a couple of more rounds (at least one more).

Ya it's intense not knowing if your target will still be there. You kind of fit the player into the budget and go for it. Everyone is getting overpaid

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