I personally loved Logan Thomas on Va Tech. Really big kid, fast, big arm, reminds me of a more athletic Big Ben, but he has gotten worse this year. Bridgewater is frail. Manziel is too short. Maybe I am missing a "can't miss" QB prospect, but next years QB class may not be much better.
Moore would be pretty stupid to even consider that deal. He will get at least 3 years 10mil anywhere else likely more. Same with Campbel who got 3.5 mil last year coming off an injury. The only vet your getting for under 3 mil is not worth having. Like Tebow. If saving cash for next year is all your looking to do here Tebow, and two draft picks are the best way to go at QB. McElroy is the most useless QB in the league. Even a 2nd round QB will have more talent then anything you'll get in FA for under 2 mil. Most of those deals are under vet min why would some of these guys do that? Folk will get at least 2 mil somewhere else and 855 will be his 7 year vet min. Why pay Edwards or Bell that much for that matter? Neither are worth more then vet min. Folk has more value! It is a fair price for Howard but I don't see that getting him back either. His tenure will cost you more then that from my understanding. Maybe not even worth bringing back. I'll pass on Landry if that is the price he flat out is not worth over 7 mil a year that is nuts. Anything over 4 and I say let him walk.
In all honesty your plan seems reasonable, I just have little interest in experiencing it first hand as a fan.
Folk's not getting more than the veteran minimum; it's all he got this year. If he gets more, you sign someone else for the vet minimum. A 6-10 team does not need to be wasting cap space on a kicker.
Edwards and Bell are stabilizing influences in the locker room and don't hurt at those prices. You aren't getting a better player for that money, so you may as well stay in-house.
That will be the going rate for Landry, and he's absolutely worth it, IMO. The only risk with him is health, and he's now a full year removed from his injuries. With that contract structure, he can be dumped or extended in 2015/2016.
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Agree with most of it but have suggestions.
1. Spend the money on 1 QB instead of 2 to get a slightly better player. McElroy and Simms can be 2 and 3 unless we pick up a QB on day 2.
2. Much like QB and RB, our pass rusher of the future can be drafted in the future. Draft a tackle in round 2 if we get Womack or a guard if we go tackle in round 1.
3. If we move down from 9 to 12 or 13 we can pick up a much needed third rounder and still get either Womack or Matthews.
4. I like the TE but I would go for Fred Davis or Heath Miller.
5. I would go with Mendellhall or Felix Jones over Hills but Greene needs to be replaced with a UFA.
I appreciate the thought and effort put in by the OP, but the personnel on the defensive side of the ball are ill-suited for a 4-3 as put forth. Mo and Coples are DEs for a 3-4 straight out of central casting, but you could play them inside as 4-3 DTs, however, you are giving up a lot of weight if you start both there. David Harris is best suited to Scott's current role in a 3-4, taking on blocks to free up the flow MLB. Solo as a MLB in a 4-3 he is glacially slow.
I think Mo could hold up on the inside in the 4-3 but Coples would be more of a "tweener" and would get swallowed in the run game. We would still need an edge rusher like Abe. Maybe Coples could be that guy but he looks better rushing from the inside.
Harris would be an even bigger liability in pass coverage than he is now and I am not sure if he is a sideline to sideline LB so we would be vulnerable against the run too.
doggin94it - Fantastic Post
Although Wilkerson and Coples look like promising players, neither of them are a great fit as a 4-3 DE. They are both better suited as a 3-4 DE/DT and that is where they excel since neither really has the speed or explosiveness to play on the edge.
Harris is also not a good fit for a 4-3. It's not happening.
The Jets front 5 is one dynamic edge rusher away from being beastly. Hopefully we can find that player at #9 this year.
The Johnny Manziel threads will be great next year