DBs: Glover Quin, Brice McCain, Quintin Demps, Alan Ball, Troy Nolan (RFA)
LBs: Connor Barwin, Tim Dobbins, Bradie James, Jessie Nading, Keyaron Fox(?who?), Barrett Ruud(?who?)
DL: Shaun Cody
OL: Antoine Caldwell, Rashard Butler, Ryan Harris, Andrew Gardner (RFA)
RB: James Casey, Justin Forsett
P/K: Shayne Graham, Donnie Jones
I'd "Like" to see the bolded retained first and foremost .... Followed by those in blue should cap space allow.
(Donnie Jones can take a hike if Hartman returns)
Bradie James - I prefer Dobbins & Cushing to James and Cushing .... even if we have yet to see the combination on the field. Dobbins just makes plays.
Barwin has shown to be more than just a pass rush specialist .... Not many 3-4 OLB's are covering WR's in the flats or 25 yards downfield and sticking to them like flies on a glue strip.
For the teams sake , I hope he continues to do what he's done thus far .... Just be solid , not spectacular so they can resign him to a reasonable deal. (For Barwins sake .... I hope he goes on a tear and breaks the NFL sack record without the QB fallin down to give him a freebie).
Quin and McCain are staples of one of the best secondaries in the NFL .... Would love to retain both , Ball has been a terror on ST and Demps a solid 3rd safety. Quin- McCain - Ball - Demps is my order of preference strictly among the DB's.
If the Bears game showed us anything about the defense , its how much Cody means to the DL .... argue the point , I dare ya.
Antoine Caldwell - This is a guy Im on the fence about (and probably shouldnt be). Never hear his name called .... Really wonder how much he means to that interior OL / Left side. No lower than the #1 priority of the "blue group" unless a significant draft choice or FA signing occurs.
As for the rest of the OL FA's .... I'd resign Ryan Harris for the vet min. the rest can take a hike.
Shayne Graham .... hit the road. The Johnny Football of place kickers is waiting in the wings ..... (I hope).
Donnie Jones , you can hit the road too if I can resign Hartmann. Otherwise , vet min .... or nuttin.