Originally Posted by ObsiWan
I think this "silence" has a bit to do with evaluating who did what at the combine and deciding who (if anyone) fit their scheme(s) best among the rookies on display. Besides, which F/A's out there should they be in a hurry to snag? Who has been given their walking papers from other teams that we would be coveting - and that we can afford??
So why make any moves until they've targeted guys they think can fill those holes? Why broadcast team needs (by cutting guys loose) before you have to?
Do you think we'd be bargaining from a position of strength, either with a F/A or for a trade, is the agent/GM knows we just cut (to pick a name) Barwin and now HAVE to replace him?
Naaah... I wouldn't make moves until I had to either. Too early.
I wouldn't base too much on who I like in the draft. There's no guarantee we can get any player we target at 27.
I would think best case scenario, decide what my team needs to look like today & move forward. Cap room should have been cleared to facilitate a trade where we would be able to get under the cap by March 12. I'm looking at March 12 also because I know there are players out there that teams would like to get something for before losing them for nothing either this year or next. Some of this may be pie in the sky stuff, like Roc Charmicle for Jarius Byrd.
At the very least, some of this stuff would be to make the NFL think we're looking for something we are not.... a QB for instance. To increase the chances that a team ahead of us would pick a QB in the draft pushing players we really want further down to us.
In my mind, Richard Smith has done a fine job in some areas & absolutely nothing in others. Last year, the new league year creeped up on him & he panicked because he wasn't ready, & our team suffered for it (if you consider 12-4 suffering & many of us do). Looks like 2013 is going to go the same way. & 2014 as well for that matter.