I wish Bob Quinn would call me so I could encourage him to join this forum. I just activated my account today, but I’ve been reading posts for a bit now… There is more logical content and suggestion in here, and is evidenced by how Quinn runs the Lions war room, and front office…
Whenever a coach starts running through a plethora of vets with no previous character flaws, and it’s due to “lack of buy in,” one must ask if what they are being asked to buy makes sense.
G Tate, Q Diggs, Van Noy, Laken Tomlinson, Snacks, D Slay, Reiff, Warford, Glasgow, Kennard, Wagner etc…That list maybe be a stretch in a few spots, but overall our pattern is illogical at best.
We refuse to “extend” contracts which is a great way to ensure value. When we do, we wait til it’s too late and the relationship is fractured. Hold outs (Snacks), public frustration (Slay, Glasgow) and year after year we not only get hammered with dead cap money, we actually create holes as fast as we plug them.
We sent Warford and Reiff packing for nearly the same money we spent on an old and injured Lang, and still pretty unproven Wagner. Lower drafted players with more question marks than we had, and we framed it as investing in the OL??
We at nearly 4M dead cap space to cut Wagner (or close to it) anc then gave a ton of money to another less proven player? Big V will cost us 9M and the dead cap for Wagner another 4M, and somehow a combined 2020 cap hit of 13m for a rotational starter???
I know we love patriots here, but we got 5 years older for a 7 sack SLB in Collins than we had in Kennard. Just another Captain we cut? Kennard would have cost 6.8m off back to back seasons leading the team in sacks. Between his surprise cut causing 2.8M in dead money and 10M for 31 year old Collins, we now spend 13M at SLB too.
We are spending over 9M more this year for Collins and Big V instead of Kennard and Wagner- I’m not convinced we are more talented now, and if we had the 9m to spend in addition to the dead money for cutting Snacks- we would have had all the money needed to extend Slay- it’s tough to process that!
We did the same with Diggs for Harmon, Diggs another D Captain who had two pick 6s in his first 3 games in Seattle.
We should have-
Golladay- extend asap
M Jones- give 2 year extension
We had tons of cap money- I would have spent it to pay Slay, months and months ago. Before it got ugly. I still would have signed Trufant, Shelton, and Williams. The Golladay extension would hit a little this year and Jones wouldn’t impact us til next year.
We would have spend the 11-12m on Glasgow, but saved that almost on big V. We would have kept Wagners hit this year and RT would be set, but we’d be cap hit free to upgrade next year.
To recap I would have re-signed Glasgow, and extended Slay, Golladay, and M Jones. The free agents of Williams, Shelton and Trufant are all great.
I’d trade down unless Young is there. I’d even take the Phins #5 and early 2nd “only.”
We don’t need Okudah with Slay, Trufant, Amani O and Coleman-
So Brown, Simmons, or trade down AGAIN!!!
I think I’d take Simmons- he’s a weapon, a playmaker. Period!
Rd 1- I. Simmons- X factor
Rd 2- J Taylor/J k Dobbins- workhorse
Rd 2- Weaver- Edge
Rd 3- Claypool
Rd 4- Big DT
Rd 5- OT