Harris will be gone in 2014, the guy's range is decreasing every year With more and more of the offenses spreading the ball outside of the hashes (ex- the pats letting go of Welker, option plays) speed is going to become even more paramount. Davis, Ogletree, Sean Lee are going to be the prototype ILB in 3-4 defenses. A ILB thumper such as Harris/Spikes/Dansby are going to go extinct as starters.
Don't understand why everyone wants to get rid of Harris.
Did he have a down year? Sure, and look at the old slow bastards that he was surrounded by.
Next to Wilkerson, he's still our best player in the front seven.
Plus, he actually becomes affordable next year. No sense cutting the guy now unless his performance takes another dive this year.
Originally Posted by Untouchable
I really don't look at dead money, since even if you cut the player you don't get that money back. I look at net benefit of cutting a player which is the money that you actually can use for other players.
Originally Posted by Harrier
At the end of the day it's pay Revis, or pay Cromartie. Both will demand significant contracts. There are a few things that need to be looked at deciding who stays and who goes. One is how much more Revis would cost than Cromartie. Also you need to look at what you can get back for the player.
Originally Posted by Jonathan
It's quite conceivable that if Cromartie had close to as much value as Revis on the trade market Cro would be going and Revis staying.
Ultimately I think Revis goes, and Cromartie stays for one more year. Cromartie will be the stop gap so we can move on to some younger CBs. I expect us to draft one early this year to get us going in that direction.
In two years both Revis and Cromartie will be history.
Simply freeing up space is not a great goal in and of itself so I am with you there. Paying a huge salary to a bonafide superstar and difference maker is not necessarily a bad thing either but we have to be mindful that there is a cap and it is not possible to assemble a championship team of superstars this way and still be able to stay under it.
Originally Posted by revischrist
The goal should be to maximize the effective use of your cap dollars. Paying a huge salary to your QB is not necessarily a bad thing but if you are getting bottom 3 in the NFL performances out of your QB then that is effectively the same thing as carrying dead cap money on the books. Worse in fact since you are consuming a roster spot in addition to the cap dollars.
If you have too many of these kinds of contracts where the team is not seeing value on the field then it the ability of the franchise to be competitive on the field is severely impacted as a result. A bit like starting a 100m race ten yards behind everyone else.
Pretty much all of the players mentioned by the OP are dramatically underperforming their current contracts and they need to be adjusted down or adjusted out for that reason.