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Old 01-22-2006   #1
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With all this draft talk....Let's discuss the free agency. I think what we do here will help fill some of our needs. I'm hoping someone like David Givens at WR and either Bentley / Hutchinson on OL will consider us. Not sure how much money it will take. We definitely need to improve our interior OL.
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Hutchinson is not likely coming here seeing that Seattle is well under the cap and have two major signings being Hutch and Alexander so he will likely not go free. Bentley is a solid option, but Givens is not really needed. Resign Gaffney and cut Bradford and we are just fine. Sam Brandon or Will Demps to play FS would be a quality signing and give us that solid tackling ball-hawking guy. A guy like Will Witherspoon would also be quality, but I think we can get Rocky McIntosh who had a great game in the Shrine Game.
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to help the OL through free agency, i think Bentley is a must.I would also pursue Hutchinson,if Seattle does not sign him,Schaffer from Atlanta OT,is a solid player that doesn't command a large contract.On D I would look at Archuleta at SS,depending on our new defensive scheme.
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dont get too attached to getting Bentley.. alot of teams want him and after 4 years in New Orleans... I imagine his first choice wont be a struggling franchise. We would have to overpay for him.
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I like
Schaffer from ATL (tackle)
Demps from Baltimpore (FS)
Archuletta *sp (Rams SS)
Nate Clements (CB) from the Bills

This team really needs help in the secondary bad.
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dont get too attached to getting Bentley.. alot of teams want him and after 4 years in New Orleans... I imagine his first choice wont be a struggling franchise. We would have to overpay for him.

Probably. But then again, I think F-agents will find out that this team could be on the verge of a quick turnaround. And the fact that what O-lineman wouldnt want to play under Kubiak? Not to mention the world best facilities, etc,etc...
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I like
Schaffer from ATL (tackle)
Demps from Baltimpore (FS)
Archuletta *sp (Rams SS)
Nate Clements (CB) from the Bills

This team really needs help in the secondary bad.

I like everyone of these guys but i would want Tank Williams over Will Demps from Baltimore
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I would also like to get Will Witherspoon Carolina OLB.
My Dream FA would be Witherspoon, Bentley, Shaffer, Clements, and John Abraham or Darren Howard
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dont get too attached to getting Bentley.. alot of teams want him and after 4 years in New Orleans... I imagine his first choice wont be a struggling franchise. We would have to overpay for him.

It wouldnt be the first time, but wouldnt you feel better about him under a new coach who has previous sucess with his o-line?


Also, I would like to persue John Abraham and Charles Rogers, along with Bently.
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Don't get your hopes up guys. Casserly said they wouldn't be active in the big name FA market, but they would look at some lower priced guys. So, you might as well get used to the same ole sh......:brickwall
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Don't get your hopes up guys. Casserly said they wouldn't be active in the big name FA market,..
By sos, I assume you mean the 'big money for mediocre FA' market?
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We need a pass rushing defensive end (so does about half of the NFL), we need a MLB, we need a second corner.

Offense is another story, and we need at least 3 new guys on the oline and a 2nd wideout.
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We need a pass rushing defensive end (so does about half of the NFL), we need a MLB, we need a second corner.

Offense is another story, and we need at least 3 new guys on the oline and a 2nd wideout.
not quite, but we have similar thinking.

You are right on with the DE, and MLB thinking. A second corner is not a proirity, although I would like to see a Youghboty (sp?) or a Cromethemie (sp?) in the thrid round or so. I would take a chance on them.

We man not get 3 new Linemen, but a C, G, and LT would be perfect. I still think Pitts would be best suited as a RT. Wade as a RG. Bently as C. Weigert as LG, and Fergueson as LT....assuming we were to draft d'brick.

I do not agree with your assesment of the #2 WR spot. Mathis works for me. I might consider guys like Skyler Green, Steve Smith (is he in this year?), Hass, and Jason Avant in the middle rounds if they are BPA.
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I would also like to get Will Witherspoon Carolina OLB.
My Dream FA would be Witherspoon, Bentley, Shaffer, Clements, and John Abraham or Darren Howard
I have mentioned Witherspoon on here before and agree. I'd love to have him. He can fill in at MLB at times too and has for Morgan this year.
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1. LeCharles Bentley (overpay if we must, he is a must have).
-We will not get Hutchison if we get Bentley because the Texans already have an outrageous amount of money tied up in the o-line and cannot afford two top line FAs. I don't think Hutch is going to leave anyways.

2. Witherspoon (or guy from Jacksonville whose name I have no hope of spelling). We need a good quality veteran Mike LB if we are switching schemes.

3. Serviceable DE, or if the money is possible John Abraham (this is HIGHLY unlikely).
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2. Witherspoon (or guy from Jacksonville whose name I have no hope of spelling). We need a good quality veteran Mike LB if we are switching schemes.
Akin Ayodele. A little bigger than Witherspoon. Stud I believe also.
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With all this draft talk....Let's discuss the free agency. I think what we do here will help fill some of our needs. I'm hoping someone like David Givens at WR and either Bentley / Hutchinson on OL will consider us. Not sure how much money it will take. We definitely need to improve our interior OL.
It won't take money. The teams that land the sought-after FAs will have chances at making the SB. Good FAs aren't concerned that much regarding money since they will get a boatload of money wherever they sign. The big decider for them will be which team has the best chance of getting them a ring. After all, look at what kind of FAs the Texans ended up signing. None of them were any big shakes and that's because the Texans didn't, and still don't, have a shot at the SB. The best the Texans can hope for out of FA is guys like Shane Mack.
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The Texans need more than a MLB if they switch to a 4-3. They have only one player on the roster (Babin) that I think could play DE in a 4-3. That's a major overhaul.

I don't think they need 3 new OL. I still think a line is only as good as it's worst guy. They play guys in new positions and move them around so much it's hard to know what they have. Pitts is a good LT and might need to stay there this season unless they trade down and get Ferguson. Who knows, if they stink again next year the OT from Wisconsin comes out. He's pretty good too. Put McKinney at LG. He played there for the Colts and for the Aggies. He's not a great C, but he did well as a guard for his previous stops. Either play Hodgdon or draft a guy like Mangold or Eslinger at Center. Move Weigert to RT permanently. He played better there than Wade and he's much more athletic. Go out and sign LeCharles Bentley for the RG spot. The line played much better down the stretch with Weigert and Pitts at the tackles. I don't think that line is out of the realm of possibility and it would be vastly improved.
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It won't take money. The teams that land the sought-after FAs will have chances at making the SB. Good FAs aren't concerned that much regarding money since they will get a boatload of money wherever they sign. The big decider for them will be which team has the best chance of getting them a ring. After all, look at what kind of FAs the Texans ended up signing. None of them were any big shakes and that's because the Texans didn't, and still don't, have a shot at the SB. The best the Texans can hope for out of FA is guys like Shane Mack.
So that's why Joe Andruzzi, who started on the Patriots line for 3 Super Bowls went to Cleveland? Muhsin Muhammed went to a Chicago team coming off a horrendous season. Marcus Pollard left the Colts and went to Detroit.

I realize those aren't All-Pro players, but many players go to a team that gives them a chance to play. As you said, the money spends well no matter who gives it to you. Why wouldn't a younger player go to a team that is looking to make the moves to turn the franchise around. I can understand not wanting to go work for an owner that has a history of being frugal or constantly changing coaches, but the Texans aren't in that boat. They have the best facilities in the league. I think the Texans have a lot to offer free agents. It's just a question of if the Texans even target top caliber guys.
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