I told you guys that JA better watch out and here is the proof that he was paying attention. About 80% of the off season moves mentioned were made out of these two articles. The ones he didn't make are the ones that are going to haunt him.
The only things he did not do was:
-sign a free agent OL (He'll regret that)
-sign Michael Turner (Obviously he would be nice to have now, we probably would have drafted another OL if that were the case or a QB. I'm happy to have Forte, but we needed the extra pick.)
-sign Berrian (he should have been franchised so we could have 2 drafts to find a replacement, but we'll move forward)
-I may have missed the boat on Rueben Brown
-I couldn't find it, but somewhere I posted about cutting/trading Ricky Manning, Jr.
-He should of traded Benson, now we got nothing
How much better would this season look with a FA G, Berrian, Turner, and possibly Brohm at backup QB. The only thing I couldn't say for sure is whether we would have been able to resign, Briggs & Harris which were very important. I'm pretty sure we would of had the cap space, but maybe the owners didn't want to spend that much.
Cut or Trade Immediatel - Jan 7, 2008
Personally, I think we have learned all we need to know about a few of our players.
Benson is a very expensive backup running back. Trade him immediately and save his salary to put toward someone else. I would love to see us go hard after Michael Turner. I do realize that it won't be easy to trade him, but we need to do whatever it takes. Give some dough up to to get rid of him and get a 3rd round pick or something.
Moose served his purpose, but is now old, slow and only catches the ball when life is good. Anyone remember the Orton season. The guy couldn't catch a cold. There were signs of that this year too. He played well last year and was a mentor this year. We don't need him anymore. He commands too high of a salary and only plays well when the offense is good. Cut or trade. I don't know how the penalties toward the cap work on a cut, but he is taking time away from Bradley, Davis, and Hester who all are fast and could actually break off a big play.
Fred Miller has to go. Someone has to take the fall for this line and Fred you are the man. I remember watching the Giant game and seeing 4 straight plays a guy running right you and not even being touched. Hello you block for a living. I don't know if he is hurt, but I think the writing is on the wall and his career is over. Oh and the penalties this guy racked up. Get rid of this guy, way too much salary.
Adam Archaletta was a huge mistake. The guy can't cover a pass. He hits pretty well when in position, but how many times was he out of position. Then he missed so many big tackles. That was suppose to be a strength of his. This was the worst move we have made in the last 3 years. Wasted money. It even ended up costing Chris Harris. Bye, bye, Adam. Good luck at your next stop.
Angelo Better Watch Out! - Jan 8, 2008
Jerry I hope you're reading this. This would be my approach to this year;s off-season. Jerry if your bosses see this they may offer me a job for my clever use of draft picks, free agency moves, and financial decisions. If you use them though, I won't tell.
Here's 10 things I would do to put this team in position to bounce back.
- I would sign Grossman to a incentive based deal. If he does well, he see the money, if not he becomes a decent backup QB.
- Give Orton a chance to compete for the job. He's not pretty but he doesn't turn the ball over. His pocket presence was decent. Hopefully, he can learn not to lock in on one receiver and improve his accuracy.
- Trade Benson for a 3rd round pick or better and/or Moose for a 4th round pick or better.
- Acquire Michael Turner! This is so huge I can't even describe how much. This would be the #1 goal. If we can't get Turner, look for a value pick at RB in either the 3rd or 4th round.
- Cut Fred Miller and pick up two new good offensive lineman. Definitely pick-up one through free agency and two if possible. If not draft one in the first round. If we pick up two through free agency, then trade the #1 pick for more picks or draft a QB if available, or safety, or RB (I love Mendenhall being an Illinois fan).
- Draft a safety day 1, but also make an attempt at Atogwe from St. Louis. The guy is a stud and realistically we probably couldn't get him, but at least I would explore the option.
- Sign Bernard if he is being reasonable or else let him go. Honestly, he could be very good, but his inconsistency isn't worth the big bucks.
- Sign Briggs if he will give us a hometown discount. I don't see this happening. He obviously care about the Benjamins, but I think it is worth it to offer him a good deal, but not an outstanding deal. If not thank him for his contributions and let him go as well.
- Sign Rueben Brown and Brendon Ayenbedajo. Rueben will sign cheap and I believe Brendon wants to stay. He may get a little more than desired, but he is a valuable leader to our special teams. This is the year of saying good bye if anyone tries to break the bank.
- Finally, make the smartest move of the off-season and make sure that we sign Hester to a huge contract now. The guy is getting faster every second. I think he hits 88 mph, travels into the future, checks to see where all the players are going to be during the kick-offs, then comes back to the present, and blows our minds. How much do you think he is going to be worth if he gets any better at all as a receiver? He's already priceless, sign him before he takes every dime we own.
I think we will be fine at DT with Harris, Dvoracek, Adams, and the guy we got from Cincy's practice squad. I would consider a second day pick at this position and also WR if we loose Berrian.
You can't do everything in one year, but I believe that this would give us the best chance to improve all the areas hurting.