I mean at one point in time he was in the draft. It just doesnt fit the model they want to run, its working, why ask them to change it now? You do not typically see the stable pillars of the NFL chase big ticket stars. Every team a couple of big ticket players. Chiefs have Mahomes, jones and kelce. They let hill walk and Jones is most likely leaving as well. We got Goff, sewell and St Brown amd that is just to start. I say let Brad Cook.
I felt this way even before this game. It’s Jones and Crosby for me. Do whatever necessary to get one of them and it’s a successful offseason for me personally. Sign your own FAs that you want, let Brad cook in the draft, sign Jones - then run it back. Home run and a top 5 Super Bowl contender.
Because I want to win a Super Bowl, and signing Chris Jones doesn’t prevent them from still building from within.
Christain McCaffery and Trent Williams were both acquired through trade. There was a time when these same Chiefs signed Tyrann Mathieu while Mahomes was on his rookie deal. They also brought in 3 of their starting offensive lineman through free agency. I’d argue the Bills are a stable pillar of the NFL right now, and they’ve acquired both Stefon Diggs and Von Miller externally. The Eagles have a boatload of guys that have come through trade/free agency. Baltimore traded for Roquan Smith and signed Odell Beckham. Sure the Steelers don’t really do this but they’re stuck in 9-8/10-7 purgatory.
You don’t have to bring in a Chris Jones when you already have one on your team. We don’t have one on our team. What are the odds that we’re going to get one? Brad’s awesome, but his IDL picks so far have been Levi Onwuzurike, Alim McNeill, Josh Paschal if he counts, and Brodric Martin. None of those guys are on the level of Chris Jones.
It’s not just about letting him cook, it’s about “windows”. We have 2 years before Goff, ASB, Alim, Sewell, and Hutch each cost over 15M-50M
Right now we have Ragnow, Decker and Goff- at 15, 19, and 31M. We have room to fit in 1-2 big contracts over next TWO years, and then the core group will account for the bulk of the big hits.
Comish- 6.7M (redo save 3.5M)
Walker- 12.5M (redo save 4.5M)
if cut or heavily restructured these two could EASILY pay for year one of Sneed or Kendall Fuller contract and suddenly we have a CB1.
consider the remnants of Romeo, Big V, Harris etc come off the books after 24’ so that space would cover Fuller or whoever in 25’- and thus his cap hits are able to be maneuvered if we choose.
I would be interested in…
Hunter, Mack, Autry in that order…. I think the first 2 are still prime players, insane competitors, and we could fit big money into a 2 year window that fits their age…. Mack might require a pick swap (3rd for 5th) and a 2 year extension?
Autry fits our model perfectly, it less impact. He could bring familiarity to the new coach, and his 7-10 sacks would be quite welcome.
I just think Hunter/Mack and Fuller immediately make this a top 10 defense if we add 1-2 pieces in the draft and get Houston back.
I don’t think I’d give Holmes shit for drafting Alim McNeil just because he isn’t the best DT in the world. Alim is a homerun pick for a 3rd rounder and I wouldn’t sleep on his potential, he improved a ton this season. Definitely a top 10 DT bordering on top 5 tbh.
Holmes isn’t going to give a huge long term contract to anybody from outside the organization, I just can’t see it. I don’t disagree with some of your points but that’s not how Holmes does business and he seems like a man with a very strong belief in his plan and sticking to it.