Well here we are fast approaching Franchise D-Day... Hold your breath, free agency, and soon enough the draft. Our current motto under the JG way seems to be an implemented style of building through the draft, and acquiring reasonably priced players with adequate skills who can hold their own. However, there is still that oil-drilling SOB who loves the attention and can't resist himself from hitting that oil mine big priced FA. So many of us love to criticize, bash, however you wanna put it, and say Jerry is a horrible GM, we'll never win with him. But every article I read suggests that we are the same and love his styles!
... Here comes the jump, don't hate me!
Last year, granted the lock-out caused the timing constraints to be a little different, we were oh so close to landing Nnamdi. We'll never know what that phone call was about in training camp when JJ handed the phone over to Rob... Maybe they moved an Arby's inside the stadium. All joking aside, after watching how he played for the Eagles, maybe it was a good thing we didn't get him. Moreover, imagine what a 5 year/$60 million dollar contract would have looked like this year. I'm not gonna get crazy here and start breaking down salary figures, but I'd imagine it would be safe to say his count would be around the $10 mill figure this year. Meaning that $12 mill we have currently would be a measly $2 million to spend this year. Yikes! All in all we'd find ourselves in a very similar situation as last year where we'd have to start cutting a whole bunch of players just to get our heads out of the water. Creating an on-going theme year after year. Haven't we learned our biggest problems, these FA signings that we think do us so good only hamper us year after year, and this where I become dumbfounded.
Everyone here loves to play GM, I get that, it's fun, it's awesome to imagine an all star team we could piece together pretending as if the Salary Cap was a figment of our imagination. So here's my point: numerous people here write their plans saying sign Carr, sign Mario Williams, I'd love Nicks but would settle for Grubbs, Finnegan and Griffin as a combo deal. People, does anyone not see how were acting exactly like Jerry! I mean seriously, is Carr even that good or do we just love the idea that he's young and our secondary is old, or at least the one guy we hate is old. All these potential guys we want to acquire would continue our lovely trend of dishing out huge contracts that we would regret after 2-3 years and then cut them only to find ourselves in Salary Cap Hell. I mean, if these guys were that valuable would their respective teams let them walk?
It just baffles me how everyone says how dumb Jerry Jones is yet these offseason plans we speak of are symbolical of his. Get the best guy out there and forget the rest. Let's look at all the teams that always seem to be there year after year, Pats, last big splash I can remember was how they let Asante go. Steelers, they re-upped Ike Taylor last year, but when's the last time they made a splash. Do we get the point here, these marquee franchises seem to follow this plan, draft solid players and don't let them go. Now, just to be clear, I'm not trying to say don't sign anyone, they're all a waste. That's not it all, and I am a fan of acquiring new talent, just at the right price. Clearly it seems to be a love hate thing with Jerry, because as much as we hate his styles of how he's ruined this team, it seems as if we all love his unpredictability and lure to acquire anyone he wants.
So to sum up the realistic approach to this offseason. I strongly believe we keep our own guys, that being Spencer, Robinson, and Fia-Man. Any and all additional acquisitions I believe are very similar signings to those of last year. At safety, either re-sign Elam or get Mike Adams. I honestly can't see us getting Carr or Finn's. Their contract would be huge and lengthy. Truthfully someone like Tracy Porter, Thomas off his injury from the Giants, these second tier type players that add more depth and competition more than anything. Also expect the same types of moves along the O-Line. The only place I see them spending a little bit of money is along the Center position. Like JG said, take care of your needs so there's no glaring holes at any position at the draft, and go BPA all day.
The End, and by the way, please don't take any of this personally. I dream the same way and picture a combo of Rat, Poe and Williams along the front with Ware rushing from all angles. Carr in the backfield with Jenkins (Mike and Janoris) and Scandrick. All of a sudden our biggest weaknesses are unstoppable forces. And notice how I said We the whole time. This site is awesome, nothing like DC.com, which I followed for many years so bored and frustrated. Love the work you guys do here and how you allow everyone to interact.