The league year began almost an hour ago and he still has signed ANYONE. I say we fire this chump and move on.
But seriously though, I know we're all tremendously anxious for news regarding acquisitions to start rolling in. It has been a long, long pre-off-season filled with rampant speculation (at last check, there were reports that the Colts have interest in roughly every free agent). I know we have to be patient, but it's really difficult. So, while we wait, why not have one last shot at ranking potential free agents?
- Danario Alexander, WR, San Diego. This is probably a curveball for a lot of you; most people would put a guard or pass rusher at number one, but ever since San Diego only gave Alexander the lowest possible tender, it seems like a no-brainer. If we snatch him from SD, we won't lose any draft picks. Additionally, he'd probably come cheap relative to his talent level. Danario Alexander absolutely must be pursued.
Louis Vasquez, G, San Diego. Duh.Looks like Peyton is never going to be sacked ever again.
- Walden being told he's going to start.
SIGNED. False alarm. Cliff Avril, DE/OLB, Detroit. I know, I know. He's going to demand a lot of money and there's no guarantee he can play OLB. However, if we can get him for 9-10 mil/year, I think we have to pull the trigger. He's young, healthy, and tremendously talented. The only question I have regarding his talent level is how much of an impact playing alongside Ndamukong Suh had.Meaning we probably aren't going to bring in Cliff Avril.
- SIGNED. Gosder Cherilus, OT, Detroit. He's no Phil Loadholt or Sebastian Vollmer, but he was Detroit's best lineman and would be a tremendous upgrade at right tackle.
- Mike Jenkins, CB, Dallas. We've all seen the reasons for signing Jenkins. Let's move on.
- Chris Gronkowski, FB, Denver. We need a full back, and unless we think we can find a capable starter in round 6 or as a UDFA, he'll be our best value option.
- Antoine Cason, CB, San Diego. This is a plan B in case we can't sign Jenkins. He's not a big name corner, and he isn't tremendously good either. He'd be a cheap, capable starter opposite Vontae Davis until we can find a banner CB2. Perhaps this could be an insurance policy in case we try to find our CB2 in the draft this year.
- Ed Reed, S, Baltimore. Ed Reed has been really divisive on this blog recently. He is absolutely not a long term answer. He isn't even a short term answer. He's the definition of a one-year stopgap until we can find a safety of the future. We'll have a shot at either a CB or a safety in the first round of the draft. If we plan on targeting a safety, we should only sign Reed if we think he could be a good mentor to a raw player with high upside (think Elam or Reid).
- Dashon Goldson, S, San Francisco. He's one of the best safeties in football, but he'll come at a hefty price tag. He should only be pursued if we do not sign any other big-name, big-price players (i.e. if we whiff on Vasquez and Avril). LaRon Landry supposedly signed. I'm surprisingly okay with this.
So, what do you think?