As the tittle suggest, here's my ideal offseason. Feel free to comment or add your own.
DE Suggs - Unlikely to be re-franchised after last year's de/lb debacle. I think we have enough cash to throw at him and he clearly would be worth it.
CB Gamble - Carolina will probably prioritize Peppers and Gross over Gamble making him available. If we can sneak in while the rest of the market is focused on Scrabble we might be able to get him at a nice price.
SS Dawkins - He's getting up there in age so Philly might let him go. He'd be a clear upgrade and a great leader.
Ferguson (if he agrees to be a backup but could be cut during TC)
OD (I believe he's a RFA)
Not signed or released:
Sage (I think he's a FA)
1. Curry OLB - Natural SLB that helps in both the run game and coverage
2. BJ Raji NT - At 325, he's actually playing UT in BC after playing NT for a couple of season. Quick for a big guy.
3. Shonn Greene or Rashad Jennings RB - Both guys weigh in the 230 range (Oops, 230 not 320). Bruising RBs with good college stats that will be able to be the thinder to Slaton's lightning.
4. Max Unger C/G (or another C/G) - Push Myers and Brisiel
5-7 Depth - Probably a QB, P, and TE in some order
RDE Suggs Bulman
NT Raji Okam
UT Okoye T.Johnson DelJuan
LDE Mario Cochran
WLB Diles Adibi
MLB Demeco Bentley
SLB Curry C. Thompson
CB Dunta Molden/Reeves
FS Wilson Demps Molden/Reeves
SS Dawkins Ferguson Harrison/Barber
CB Gamble Bennet
WR AJ ADavis
LT Brown Butler
LG Pitts C. White
C Myers Unger
RG Brisiel Unger
RT Winston Butler
TE Daniels Dreesen rookie
WR Walter Anderson/Jones
QB Schaub rookie/vet FA
RB Slaton Ahman Greene
FB Leach Cook
LS Dreesen Bulman
As far as I know, we have plenty of money available this upcoming season. Given the state of our defense it makes perfect sense to use that money to fix some hole there. I think Gamble and Dawkins will fix most if not all of our secondary problems while providing veteran leadership. Also with the addition of Gamble that pushes Molden and Reeves into a fight for the Dime which will lead the loser into a transition to FS if he wants to get reps. Add in Suggs and now you have a scary pass rush. I also believe that once Smith is fired we'll go back to a more normal line instead of lining up two UTs 90% of the time. We'll still rotate the DTs but we'll see more NT and we might even see a 2 NT formation for short yardage situations.
The offense is for the most part set though I wouldn't be surprised if we looked at OL in free agency. I think Ahman will still see carries when healthy though we'll get somebody else to chip in and step in when he's hurt. Maybe I trust Schaub too much but I don't see us doing much with our QB situation. If Sage, playing as bad as he is right now, can make this offense pile up yards then any scrap heap QB should be fine back there, specially if the running game improves.
As for the draft. Since DE and DB were taken care of the draft becomes a BPA scenario. I love Curry and think he would be a perfect fit at SAM. Diles did great this year but he's more of a WILL and would probably get to blitz more from that side. Raji is a big mobile NT and with us needing actual NTs now that Smith is gone he makes sense. He'd fight for reps with Okam and whoever did best would get the reps. After that is just a matter of finding a thumper RB to complement Slaton and depth. Turk is losing effectivenes so we probably can get a P late or even as an undrafted FA and either push him or replace him.
I counted 49 players so there's 4 slots of wiggle room. Probably a third QB and more OL depth but after that I'm not sure. Now rip it apart.
Last edited by dsorc; 11-24-2008 at 11:39 PM.