When this year started we all kind of had a “probably a talentless dumpster fire, but just maybe the new culture galvanizes team and they surprise us,” kind of outlook.
Now we are 0-2 after losing games to a pair of teams mostly considered to be top 4-5 in the NFC, and I would say we’ve seen more to be optimistic about than worried about…. Why?
Did we expect the #32 ranked defense in the league last year to be better without a single headliner addition? I mean we’ve changed coaches, schemes, and a fair amount of personnel which typically equates to a learning curve.
We’ve dispatched J Davis, J Coleman, Trufant, Harmon, Shelton, C Jones, Tavaii, and now likely J Collins
We’ve added Brockers, Anzalone, C Harris, Levi O, McNeill, Barnes, Iffy, Parker….
I’d gladly accept a correction to my estimate by D Stroke, but I believe the the top group would have been about 38-42M in cap hits last year and about the same or a touch more this year…. The latter group about 16-17M not just THIS YEAR, but for the next 2-3 years for most of them!
I think that is very very relevant because I would prefer the entire 2nd group to the entire 1st group without question, but add 30M in disposable cap to add 3 IMPACT players and now we are cooking with gas!!!
Same on offense.
Golladay, M Jones, J James, Stafford, Agnew, AP…
Cephus, St Brown, Fells, Goff, Raymond, Williams…
I realize that cephus was on team last year, but hardly got any run due to the players above him on the depth chart, and listed above…
Group 1- keeping them, if we even could have, would have about 60MM this year… maybe a touch less?
Group 2…about 39M this years AND NEXT!
Imagine- a top UFA CB, SS, and WR in 2022….
I wouldn’t put it past this group to consider a move like the rumored Phins and Lions trading Decker for A Jackson and maybe a 2nd? We’d save 14M at RT the next 3 years, keep Sewell at LT and have a better OL than we’ve had the first 2 weeks…
Then we take another RT with theb2nd we’d get.
We are adding a Corey Davis level free agent, adding a 1st round pick WR like a Ridley, Moore, Jefferson area of the draft pick…. A former first round OT on rookie deal, a high pick at RT and OG, just on offense.
Adding likely the top edge in draft, plus a high 2nd LB, a top paid safety and CB, and another rookie S
Bottom line we are fielding a similarly talented team to last year for about 40M less than what the prior regime scheduled to pay guys of similar prodcution levels. We don’t see it this year thanks to all the dead cap.