Discussion in 'Texans Talk' started by djohn2oo8, Mar 21, 2013.
Do we go after anyone else or is that it until the draft? (besides Lechler)
Perhaps an ILB if they're going cheap as I'm not at all confident that Sharpton will ever contribute meaningful time.
Otherwise, prepare for the draft.
We might wait until after the draft and then pick up some guys to fill whatever perceived holes we've got. I wouldn't be surprised if we pick Dobbins and Ruud back up but we might wait until after the draft to do it.
IF we're going to go after someone, I don't expect it to be a big, high-priced guy. I'd be interested to see us picking up Dansby but he's probably too high-priced even at this stage of his career. I expect us to pick up a flotsam and jetsam WR as well as draft one or two.
And I honestly would not be surprised to see us sign Winston back. He might not be the greatest RT of all time but he could stabilize that position for a bit; I expect us to re-sign Harris and Butler, instead.
I dont see any other FA's that contribute on our team right now so...
Who can we draft at ILB in the draft? Other than Manti Te'o?
With the Rams losing Almendola, I'm sure they'll pick up Tavon Austin from WV. I wanted to pick him up, but seems like we'll be going with an ILB if that happens.
I'm expecting us to go with Minter (if we go early), or Bostic or Reddick if we wait until the 2-3, or Klein, Cain, or Greer if we go later than that.
My guy A J Klein can be selected in 4-5th and should be a perfect fit. I would start him in this defense. I do expect a vet to be signed cheaply and let's not forget possible additions after June 1st cuts.
I am not expecting anymore signings til after June 1st designation.
Competition for the LS position
There are two veteran NT's out there who are at the same stage of their career as Reed that would probably come cheap. It would be Stupid not to at least take a look at them.
McNair talked about some "reasonably priced" vets...so we will be filling holes before the draft. No way we walk into the draft with big holes on the roster.
I think the following three things MUST happen before the draft:
1. free agent wide receiver with some speed
2. capable free agent OT (likely Ryan Harris)
3. at least one free agent LB to play OLB or ILB with coverage ability.
My thinking is still WR in the 1st. Don't know how it's all going to shake out, but I think if Allen or Hopkins is there at #27, that's who they'll get. They may try to trade back a little if only Hopkins is there and they have someone who wants to move up, possibly for a QB. As for ILB, my guess is 2nd or 3rd round.
I was hoping we would bring Early Doucet for a visit but seems like his best year was two years ago and he isn't really much of an upgrade over Walter.
I'd say it's very likely we bring in a vet WR.
I'd like to see us go after Daryl Smith if he is healthy. Don't think he has had much action since FA began so hopefully he won't be asking much. Also I would be interested in Sedrick Ellis as a backup NT. Technically though Lechler is really the next move.
I would also be interested in knowing whats the deal with Shaun Phillips? I've seen him on all the FA lists but haven't heard if he is going back to San Diego or if he is injured or what. Seems like he could be a nice OLB for us which might allow Brooks to slide to ILB if thats what the coaching staff wants.
A couple of cheaper contracts to continue to fill out some depth (Maybe a couple of signings that are slightly over the vet minimum).
Where? There isn't a FA WR with speed, unless you want one that cannot catch the ball. If so go get Heyward-Bey...
as for LB, I see several on the FA Tracker that might come here. One that comes to mind that played with Ed Reed is Bart Scott to play next to Cushing...
We'll need to know Ed Reed's numbers as far as cap space to determine whether we can afford a mid-level FA.
Obviously, if they find a borderline guy (with potential to improve), they can still restructure a contract or two to make room for him.
But otherwise; yeah, I think it's better to stay pat until after the Jun 1 cut or only sign guys at min vet salary so that we can get a couple of comp picks next year.
I don't know what the final numbers are for Ed Reed....
But if I were to be able to make one more big FA move, I'd bring in Eric Winston. I'd put him on a 2-year deal at about $2.5 million-per and structure it so that we have room for one more middle-of-the-road signing and the rest for rookie salaries and PS guys.
Because I'd put him at RT and slide Newton inside to RG. I think he fits better at G than T right now. He needs to get things shaped up before manning the edge, IMO, and I like Winston's run blocking more than Newton's. Winston can road-grade on a more consistent basis.
On the left side, I'd have DB at LT, and then Ben Jones at LG, with a platoon of guys working in and out of the G and T positions to spell the starters. Mondek might be a sleeper guy for us in 2013, too.
I think we need a return to 2011 in terms of our right side of the OL.
Winston might be holding out for bigger money than what we could give him. I'm sure his vet minimum is not much less than what we could stand to offer him, which I think he would reject since we dumped him.
BUT...if I were to be able to manageably add another key player to improve this team and know that it's a relatively safe bet...it'd be Winston, if it could happen.
However, more realistically I can see us adding middle of the road talent to keep the cap space healthy enough for us on rookie signings, PS guys, and emergency money at preseason and reg season if we needed it. In other words, vet minimum deals.
So you are ok with what we currently have at NT?
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