From: Atlanta, GA
ORIGINAL: kurt bilben
ORIGINAL: Todd M
At the end of the day IF THEY throw caution to the wind and resign Cook we are the likely beneficiaries of a wider SB window because Cook is a special back that could run us to a SB. Why do we as fans have to worry about the money part? The worst case scenarios? He's really good, one of ours. I say strap in and go for it.
Looking at the highest paid running backs and see nothing to make me believe that signing a running back to big bucks is a smart choice. The worst case scenario is that we overpay one position and run out of money for a more important position.
it seems like it never works to pay a disgruntled running back big money - so many of the top paid rb's are not with their original team - they didn't think they were worth the money...just of interest; carolina has $48m in dead money they're being charged with this season, and still they shuffled in a new qb and made their rb the highest paid in the league....
remember when cook was leading the league in rushing halfway through the season last year?...he ended up 8th in rushing, behind chris carson and joe Mixon....
the way i see the running game in the nfl; build yourself a great o-line and the worst you'll have is a very good running game - with anyone at rb....
i like where the vikings are right now, and i'm not a big cousins fan...if we didn't allow such big holes to form at wr and cb we could have really poured some draft capital into our o-line...but hopefully, the fo and coaches are correct - that some of our younger talent is ready to step up and solidify our line....
IMO the O Line and not the QB is the most important position in football. A great O line will make any QB look good as well as any RB like you mentioned.
we could have possibly done this, and i think we'd be better off....
make the trade with washington for williams at lt....
#22 ruiz at lg
#23 Jefferson (#25 and our 4th router)
of course, we could have flipped #22/#23...one hole to fill at rg and we probably have a young player for that - or bring kline back....
Meh. We give up a 4th round pick and the corner we wanted to draft Ruiz. We have Cleveland with Reiff moving to guard. We aren't saddled with Williams salary, which means we don't have to shot gun Harris.
Yeah on draft night I was screaming for something like this (Getting another OLineman early) however I’m warming up to Spiels choices.
Watching more tape (lots) on Jeff Gladney alleviates quite a bit of concern for me. His height is just about the only downside as I can see. Appears a rugged, athletically superior version of Mac Alexander. I’ll roll with the Jefferson at #22, and trade back to #31 for the extra draft capital.
They said over the weekend that the Vikes are going to play the top five players up front period. Cleveland could definitely come right in and start at Guard. He’s projects in many pre-draft guides as a Guard.
I’m not a fan of kicking Reiff inside unless he takes a pretty substantial pay cut.
Still think we are bringing in someone like Dre Kirkpatrick at CB, and perhaps even bring back Josh Kline?
We need some combination of these Olineman to pan out, or it’ll be the same ole collapsing front door, and a quick exit if we don’t.
That's good to hear. Who is "they", Kubiak and/or Dennison? It seemed in the past they didn't necessarily do that, although it is difficult to know how good the backups are. Elflein set a low hurdle.