Originally Posted by Flaming Mo
Yeah but the age factor for the defense will take care of itself. BT and Pace will be gone without any problems, Scott will be cut too and even Pouha won't be as big a problem to renegotiate or cut. We got young players on the D ready already to take bigger roles (Coples, Ellis, Davis) and we got an entire draft aswell.
I agree, but I still see issues with having so much money tied up into the cornerback positions and David Harris, who is not on par with Patrick Willis or Navarro Bowman, who are inarguably the best combination of coverage/non-pass-rush sideline-to-sideline LBs in the NFL.
It's very important to make note of something here:
You don't necessarily need a top 5 defense to win Super Bowls or even wild cards, but you should pay attention to the fact that Gronkowski and Hernandez will need defended for the next upwards of 8 years.
Hence Harris is overpaid.