ORIGINAL: The Happy Norseman
ORIGINAL: The Happy Norseman
ORIGINAL: Bill Jandro
FA olineman are not only scarce but extremely expensive.
We should have been drafting oline early and often for the last 5 years.
Amen! That's why this is the year to attack the problem in the draft. We are set up on defense. Go get one FA guard, sign Easton to a vet minimum then draft:
1st - Greg Little - T
2nd- Chris Lindstrom - G
3rd - TJ Hockenson - TE
Then address DT and LB.
Then win the f'n Superbowl!
Sign me up. I posted FA Guard list right after our embarrassing lost to the Bears (the second one). If Saffold resigns with the Rams, he wants to and the team has indicated they want him back - caveat with their salary cap situation they might not be able to, then FA G options aren't very good (pending any veteran cuts).
Best options to me, sign an upgrade at center. That FA seemed much younger, better, and cheaper (the last item is debatable https://www.spotrac.com/nfl/positional/ there appears to me very little difference between guard and center. There are two guards worth trading for. The RFA of the NE Pats, who has been excellent filling in for injury (name starts with a K). And Sitton, where the Dolphins appear to be in tanking mode to get the best QB of 2020 or 2021. I would kick the tires on either to see if they would accept a 2020 pick (hopefully in the 5th-2nd range - I'd be willing to give a higher pick if MIA would pick up some/half/most of Sitton's salary).
In a vacuum. I'd sign a center, trade for a guard - one of the two options listed above, draft a guard in one of the first two rounds. If it's within range of value at 18 or 50 - so bet it, if it can happen with a trade back even better. I'd jettison Compton/Jones/Remmers. I'd see what Easton is willing to accept, I wouldn't pay him more than a 2M prove it contract. If a developmental tackle is available in the draft round 3 or so, I might take him. I personally think A Collins, should be groomed as a swing tackle with the goal of him taking over the RT spot. Let OTAs and Training camp decide our interior lineup.
I don't know how feasible any component of this is. If they sign/or let go either of Barr/Richardson and don't think they have the inhouse horses, then that alters plans a lot of this. If players I expect to restructure like Griffen, aren't willing to, it has a huge impact.
But that's the framework I'd be looking at. But leaving no-stone unturned.
The more I think about it, the more it makes sense to make the move for Paradis as some posters have suggested, and kick Elf out to Guard where he was successful in college. Better to pay for an excellent center than an average Guard. Then sign Easton to a vet minimum, assuming he's healthy. It's a move I could realistically see Spielman pull off. Dump Remmers and salary wise it would be close to a push, maybe cost the team a few million bucks more per year. After the draft, we could very realistically go into next year with a line that looks something like:
Reiff - Little(r)
Lindstrom(r) - Easton
Paradis - Elflein
Elflein - Remmers
O'Neill - Hill - Collins
With Dennison and Kubiak taking over, I'd actually feel cautiously optimistic that our line would be above average to good.
Us gall bladder gnawers think pretty similar sometimes.
I wouldn't count on Remmers at all as Guard. After his performance last year I'd rather poke my eye out with a fork. Nor do I have confidence in Easton to bounce back from a neck injury. If he does, great, additional talent.
It's why I advocate looking at Sitton or the NE RFA back up as trade options.
I wouldn't post about the oline until the regular season if we had:
LG: Sitton or NE guy/ Draft Pick
RG: ELF/IZZY/Draft Pick
LT Reiff/Swing back up (hill/Collins)
RT ONeil/Swing back (hill/collins).
Even with that, we still don't have an oline coach to turn individual players into a unit. But with some combination of above moves, I'd feel somewhat confident that the coach had something more than chicken sh** to work with.
Left picking up the pieces.