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Old 01-29-2017, 10:31 PM
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Rather than bounce back and forth between sites, maybe we can continue discussing free agents on this board now, especially now that we have a new GM.
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Old 01-30-2017, 11:53 AM
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I'll just throw out some FAs that I think would be worth looking at based on what the team needs.

Defense:

Dontari Poe, NT, Chiefs. Age: 27.

Only if his back is healthy. His down season could mean he's not as expensive, and the connection to Ballard is obvious. At his best he is a dominant NT.

Kawann Short, DT, Panthers. Age: 28

It depends on what style of defense this team will have going forward, but Short is explosive and disruptive on the line. I thought we had all this DL depth but we're back to needing good linemen.

Calais Campbell, DE/DT, Cardinals. Age: 31.

See above. I think Campbell probably fits what Pagano supposedly wants to do moreso than Short. Age is a factor here though.

Brandon Williams, NT, Ravens. Age: 28

He has that Baltimore connection, and has played at a high level for the Ravens as a starter at NT. We need a NT. I like Parry as more of a rotational player.

Johnathan Hankins, NT, Giants. Age: 25

Not sure what he'll cost. He can be a load in the middle. Transition to 3-4 NT might not be worth it.

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Chandler Jones, DE/OLB, Cardinals. Age: 27.

I'm not that sold on Jones, but we need pass rushers and there's a lot to not like in the draft at that spot. I'm guessing he'll sign long-term with the Cardinals, but if he doesn't the Colts should take a look.

Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, Chargers. Age: 28

This is another OLB I'm not sold on, but we need pass rush. I see him as a complimentary pass rusher, not a guy you build around.

Dont'a Hightower, ILB, Patriots. Age: 27.

Injuries are an issue but he's a talented ILB/MLB.

Zach Brown, ILB, Bills. Age: 27.

This was a no-brainer sign last offseason. Thanks for nothing Grigson. I think he'd be a good fit here if we keep the 3-4.

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Eric Berry, S, Chiefs. Age: 28.

There may be some skillset overlap between him and Geathers but he'd instantly be the most-talented player on our defense. Obviously there's the Ballard connection too.

Trumaine Johnson, CB, Rams. Age: 27.

He's about as talented as Vontae in coverage. Not nearly the same level of tackler though. Corners seem pretty overvalued right now, he'll probably get paid.

Stephon Gilmore, CB, Bills. Age: 26.

Young and a solid cover corner.

Morris Claiborne, CB, Cowboys. Age: 27.

One-year wonder but he's always been talented.



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Kevin Zeitler, G, Bengals. Age: 27.

The left side of the line is set, but the right side isn't complete even with the end-of-season improvement. Zeitler is durable and talented and only 27. He's been consistently good since his rookie season.

Larry Warford, G, Lions. Age: 26.

Great rookie year, solid career so far, and he's still very young.

Andrew Whitworth, OT, Bengals. Age: 35

Old but still good. He'd be a stop-gap at one of the OT spots but he's still playing well.

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Le'Veon Bell, RB, Steelers. Age: 25.

Injury is a concern, but he's still young and is arguably the best RB in the NFL when healthy. Not sure Pittsburgh will let him go.

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Wow, you could build a dominant DL with Poe, Short, and Campbell. Jones and Berry are worth looking at as well.
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Wow, you could build a dominant DL with Poe, Short, and Campbell. Jones and Berry are worth looking at as well.
I am sure the cap numbers would make this impossible. But it would completely revamp the defense. I'm guessing all three DL will make $10+ million per year on their next contract. And we would still need LBs.
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I am sure the cap numbers would make this impossible. But it would completely revamp the defense. I'm guessing all three DL will make $10+ million per year on their next contract. And we would still need LBs.
Yeah, a world where the Colts get all three of them is likely a fantasy land, but it's nice to think about. As for LBs, sign Jones, resign Ayers, and draft (minimum) 3.
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Chandler Jones won't be available:

Speaking Monday, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the team will franchise tag impending free agent Chandler Jones if a long-term deal is not reached.
Calais Campbell and Tony Jefferson are also headed to the open market, but the Cardinals want to keep 27-year-old (in February) Jones after he tallied 11 sacks his first year in the desert. A long-term deal is the most likely outcome. Jan 2 - 1:23 PM
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ingram, brown and a cb

i also wouldn't mind a guard as well. but those dudes have been getting paid in free agency
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I'll throw in two more. I'm not saying that I want these guys. But I might kick the tires.
  • Nick Perry
  • Lawrence Timmons
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Le'Veon Bell couldn't run behind our oline. Hopefully we focus on defense.
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Old 01-31-2017, 01:33 AM
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Ballard didn't make it sound like they were going to invest heavily in FA...which is odd because it's not like they have many guys from the 2013 and 2014 drafts they need to worry about re-signing.

I'll be disappointed if they don't sign at least two quality defensive starters. Maybe he just wanted to hedge since he hasn't reviewed the current roster yet.
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