According to our poll, we have 82 votes for a total of $264M dollars. Averages to $3.2M/yr. That sounds about right to me. If we weren't so cap strapped, or if we could free up an extra couple mil without hurting our future I'd be okay with a 1 year $5M contract for Connor to try & raise his stock, I'd be extremely clear that he would be playing the SOLB position though. Meaning to be seen as the pass rusher he wants to be seen as he'd need to count for 8-12 sacks (along with the pressures & hurries that go along with that).... or if he wants to be seen as a premier OLB, 5-8 sacks along with a strong contribution to pass defense (& there are several numbers that could be used here to determine that, PDs, INTs, opposing QBR, etc...)
I want to do this, so I can move Brooks to ILB, then I'm only having to worry about drafting a pass rushing specialist that I can get in later rounds. I'm looking for a rotational player to rotate with Merci/Barwin/Braman, someone who can get 5 sacks playing spot duty. If this guy, or Braman, challenges Merci for the starting job at WOLB (either through stellar play by them, or disappointing play from Merci) we'll be in fine shape.
But I'm convinced, while Barwin & Reed are damn fine football players, they are not pass rushers. If Barwin does not stay, I need an ILB & a pass rusher.
Originally Posted by Goldensilence
His production fall off this last year was really significant. Though he's got the athleticism to play OLB when his weight is down.
I'd be hard pressed to pay over 3 mil a year considering we have bigger concerns at WR and safety.
Perhaps I am the only one who did start to see some flashes from Merciless when he got more PT? Can he hold it down as as a starter yet? It's a gamble. But this team can't afford to overpay Barwin.
I may be the last delusional fan that thinks our window is still open. With Cushing coming back & hopefully a healthy Jjo, I think our defense will be good enough to go all the way. With the NFL shaping up the way it is, I don't think we'll ever see a shutdown defense again.
We need an offense that pressures the other team to score.