Originally Posted by TheCount
For the first 3 years of Avril's collegiate career, he played OLB, so yeah, he's dropped into coverage and he has experience playing LB. Even on the Lions he's done it at DE. He played just as well this year as he played last year. If you want to knock him for taking advantage of playing next to a great player, that's your prerogative. I don't consider that a negative. We should move Ratliff to DE anyway and Avril can play next to him, problem solved!
The money is inconsequential as long as it doesn't cripple us, and it won't.
If run defense is such a priority, then we should just resign Spencer. He plays the run well.
Thomas is better than both Carr and Ross (when healthy), so yeah, it's a gamble there. I didn't expect anyone to love that signing, which is why I have us drafting a CB in the 2nd round as well. It's a low risk, high reward gamble that could pay off.
[View Full Quote]Thanks for the comment though, I like hearing other takes on players I may be interested it.
Well, I think the Terrell Thomas signing would be pretty smart. If he's cleared medically, it would be a great add and it steals a quality player (pre-injury) from the enemy.
For the same reason, I'd prefer Nicks over Grubbs. Not sure how the Saints will keep the band together and they already have Jahri Evans at $8m.
I have been coming to a similar offseason plan, though I went with doubling up on OLB rather than G -- tagging Spencer and drafting Nick Perry in round 1. The devil known vs the devil unknown. Also, grabbing Eddie Royal at $2m to replace Laurent and return punts.
Great plan though. Really appreciate the work that went into providing a realistic context to past contracts and our available budget.