Originally Posted by SAR I
As it stands today, January 11, the only returning defensive starters are projected to be NT Sione Po’uha, DE Muhammad Wilkerson, and CB Antonio Cromartie. Harris blows. The safeties want big bucks. Revis serious trade bait.
That doesn't worry you? That's something "routine" that other teams would do? The defending Super Bowl champion Giants only brought back 3-5 starters from the year before?
Who else do we genuinely WANT to keep? My list is exactly 1 person long - Landry.
You already assume Revis is gone - right now he is a starting player on the Jet D for 2013.
Meanwhile, Coples is under contract and can take over on the DL - in my opinion, he damned well BETTER start, based on his draft position and productivity in 2012. Similarly, McIntyre and Davis at LB - both are at least as good as the aging cripples they can / should replace.
So there's 3 DL, 3 LB, 2 CB's ... 8 of 11 players currently under contract that have (IMHO) at least the same ability level as last year's starters. Who also happen to be (a) younger and (b) cheaper.
I hope to God we draft a top prospect at OLB, then we still have to address both safety spots. Landry I want - not sure we can afford. If so, hey ho, that's the way it goes sometimes - look at our current backups / FA options / draft options. Bell is OK, but not someone I'll lose sleep over if he's not back next year.