Re: 2012 a rebuilding year?
I agree with the OP; in many ways, we were in at least semi-rebuilding mode.
We have 3 young guys on the Oline, at least two of them (Brooks and Jones) show promises. Both played better than any of the Guards we ever had under Kubiak (at the same stage in their career.). If they continue to improve on a normal rate, they will be the best we ever had.
The same thing can be said about Graham.
Posey (discounting his injury) showed that he can be more consistent than Jacoby.
On defense, Ryan's dead money will be off the book, giving us more cap space to play around with.
We might be able to find somebody to pair with Cushing next year that can cover worth a crap.
Hopefully McCain comes back to battle it out with Harris.
Or we can find a third safety with the additional money.
One FA at either safety or ILB, and we can draft the other position.