Originally Posted by badboy
Man is that an understatement. I mock what I think is a great draft then think, well what if Barwin goes? I think there is at least a 50-50 chance Wade keep James just for the reason you state. He will be even better with Cush and a season with these players. I realize Phillips ran same D at Dallas but probably tweeked it some.
James also played for the vet minimum this season .... I could see him sticking around tho if they move Reed inside or pick up another guy in FA or the draft , I dont know if they keep both James and Dobbins there , then you have Sharpton who I believe is in the final year of his deal.
If they are bumping James from the starters spot , you are keeping two of James , Dobbins and Sharpton. I'd prefer Dobbins was one of those two as he was superior in coverage (in limited opportunities) and is a superior ST player. Not sure who I'd keep of the other two - would depend on Sharptons dead money should he be cut I suppose.
Originally Posted by thunderkyss
We've got at least until March 12th to negotiate with Barwin before some team offers him stupid money. He said (in one of the podcasts) that he would be interested in signing a one year deal to improve his "stock"
As long as it's not stupid money, I'd be fine with that.
I recall a statement made by Barwin about if a team made him a big offer he would take it and another about just letting his agent take care of it - If I were his agent , I would not sign prior to that March 12 date and at least test the waters.
With Barwin, we can move Reed (who is not a pass rusher) inside & draft an outside pass rusher. If that guy & Whitney do well, they'll be our starting OLBs in 2014 & beyond.
Without Barwin, we should leave Reed at OLB & I don't like our situation at ILB & we'll still have to draft an outside pass rusher.
Of course, there's Braman. IF the Texans feel good about him, we could move Reed to ILB & start Braman & Whitney at OLB & still draft an outside pass rusher.
I almost prefer Reed inside with or without Barwin. We have heard statements about moving him inside from the team .... tho thats likely based upon Barwin's resigning. I dont know if thats the case or not. They could keep James , move Reed inside anyway while drafting or signing a guy or two outside. That would really cover their bases should they have injuries again.
I'd like to see Braman get a shot ... just dont know if he's polished enough. He's raw but has the skills. At the least , he'll still be a ST standout and an insurance policy outside.
I could see 9 LBers on the roster come opening day and right now only Cushing , Reed , Braman and Mercilus are guaranteed to be among them.
James , Sharpton and Barwin are maybe's.
Mister Alexander , Ruud , Keyaron Fox and Nading should be gone.
We'll have to wait for the first dominoe to fall before we have a clue who the others will be. This is going to be an interesting offseason despite the likelyhood of a big signing being slim because they have so many FA's (22).