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My Dream Colt's 2014 Offseason Scenario(FA, Draft)

Let me start by saying, I’m not a cap expert but I do know the process of how it works. I’ll try to put some contract #’s up that I expect players to get paid based on other contracts around the NFL, but as we all know(especially with Grigs) who knows what these guys will command on the market. I’m going to start by solely worrying about Free Agency then I’ll move on to potential targets in the draft at our drafting positions(with one draft day trade). This is what I believe gives us the best 53-roster we can get this year. Here we go:

Cap Space before Cuts: ~33 million

Cuts:

Greg Toler- +4.2 million

Samson Satele- +4 Million

Cory Redding- +3.5 million

I left Matt Hasselbeck off this list because I don’t see anyway that we cut him. I thought the same about Redding but it just made so much sense that I had to put him on the list. I can get past paying for Matt. Cutting Matt only saves about 2 million anyways.

CAP SPACE UPDATED AFTER CUTS: ~ $43-44 million

Re-signings:

Vontae Davis- (4 yr, 35 million)

Pat McAfee- (4 year, 14 million)

Joe Reitz- (2 year, 1.5 million)

Josh Gordy-(1 year, 900,000)

Sergio Brown-(2 year, 2 million)

Adam Vinatieri-(2 year, 6 million)

Money Remaining: ~$28 Million

Biggest Needs(no particular order): CB, S, ILB, C, DE

Free Agent Signings:

Alex Mack- (4 year, 26 Million)

Jarius Byrd- (4 year, 28 Million)

Arthur Jones-(3 year, 14 million)

Money Remaining: ~ $5 million

Draft Needs after FA: CB, ILB

Round 2- Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska

Round 3- Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford

Round 5- Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina(this is a little hopeful, maybe we trade up for him? Go Gamecocks!)

Round 7- Spencer Long, OG, Nebraska

Starting Line-up 2014:

QB - Andrew Luck

RB - Trent Richardson/Vick Ballard

WR - Reggie Wayne, TY Hilton

TE - Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener

LT - Anthony Castonzo

LG – Donald Thomas

C - Alex Mack

RG – Hugh Thornton

RT - Gosder Cherilus

DE - Ricky Jean Francois, Arthur Jones

DT - Josh Chapman

OLB - Robert Mathis, Bjoern Werner

ILB - Jerrell Freeman, Shayne Skov

CB - Vontae Davis, Stanley Jean-Baptiste

S - Laron Landry, Jarius Byrd

With all of these moves I think this gives us a great starting line-up and enough money to sign our draft picks. I think our OL will get a huge boost with Mack coming in and Thomas coming back. Our safety position looks much better and we can use Landry much like the Seahawks use Kam Chancellor. We will push Landry down to the box to pretty much play another OLB while Byrd covers downfield. Let’s hope Landry learns to tackle again in the offseason. Jean-Baptiste gives us a better option at CB than Toler in my opinion and hopefully will be healthy unlike Toler was. Skov gives us a great pair with Freeman and our D-line is instantly upgraded with Jones instead of the aging Redding. Bruce Ellington is a playmaker and solo-handedly won the bowl game for the Gamecocks this year. He's a dual-sport athlete(Basketball/Football) but is foregoing his basketball season to focus on the draft. He would be perfect for our "No-coast offense" and wouldn't cost much at all. No reason to spend on a WR in FA.

I know this probably isn’t perfect number-wise but I tried to be as realistic as I could with the contracts. Let me know any suggestions you guys may have but I think this would truly "Build the Monster".

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors.

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