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 Post subject: 2018 Free Agent Class ILBs
PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:19 pm 
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There are a lot more than I realized. When you consider what Colbert said in his press conference about possibly cutting players and adding free agents, I will fall out of my chair if we don't bring someone in this offseason.

My favorites:
1) Avery Williamson
2) Demarrio Davis
3) Preston Brown
4) Zach Brown
5) Navorro Bowman

I can't recall the last time Colbert went into a draft without at least patching a glaring need with one free agent signing to avoid picking from desperation.

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Free Agent Class ILBs
PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:28 pm 
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Nigel Bradham (28), Eagles
He has developed into a quality three-down contributor with some playmaking prowess, both in run and pass D.


OTHER SIGNIFICANT FREE AGENTS

Tahir Whitehead (27), Lions
He can be very disruptive when pinning his ears back and pursuing the ball—needs to be a piece in a linebacking unit, not its headliner.

Avery Williamson (26), Titans
He rarely came off the field in Tennessee thanks to his gap-soundness in run D and serviceability against the pass.

NaVorro Bowman (29), Raiders
It’s hard to imagine the Raiders not making a strong run at re-signing him given the way he saved their decrepit linebacking corps last year. It is, however, a new coaching staff there…

Zach Brown (28), Washington
His pursuit speed is excellent, but he’s not immune to misreads.

Paul Posluszny (33), Jaguars
He doesn’t run like he used to, but is so smart and fundamentally sound (flawless?) that it often doesn’t matter.

Todd Davis (25), Broncos
He’s higher on this list because he’s so stingy against the run, but his vulnerability in coverage could leave him with less money than guys below him (like Hitchens, Pierre-Louis and maybe even Bynes).

Anthony Hitchens (25), Cowboys
The talent is evident, but he couldn’t secure an every-down role last season. Why?

Preston Brown (25), Bills
Average in every sense of the word.

Demario Davis (29), Jets
He’s too young to be washing up, but where was he down the stretch?

Karlos Dansby (36), Cardinals
One of those guys who does everything right, which makes coaches comfortable. That’s why he’ll always crack the starting lineup if he’s on the roster.

Kevin Pierre-Louis (26), Chiefs
Kansas City’s defense at times looked better when he rotated in for an aging Derrick Johnson.


Jon Bostic (26), Colts
He’s by no means dynamic, but has developed good awareness in zone coverage.

Josh Bynes (28), Lions
Multiple times for the Lions and Cardinals he did a stellar job as a fill-in first-teamer. He’s worth considering as a passing-down specialist.

Will Compton (28), Washington
A few times he’s earned playing time ahead of more talented players. He’s worth signing as a source of quality depth.

Christian Jones (27), Bears
Most of his snaps have come as a passing-down specialist. Given how much nickel teams play these days, could he garner low-end starter money?

Devon Kennard (26), Giants
Brings value as a strong-side ’backer who can get physical with tight ends off the snap.

Potential Cap Casualties (in alphabetical order): Ray-Ray Armstrong (49ers), Jerrell Freeman (Bears), David Harris (Patriots), Derrick Johnson (Chiefs), Vincent Rey (Bengals)


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Free Agent Class ILBs
PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:59 pm 
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I have a strong feeling that Avery Williamson is going to be way to expensive. He's probably going to get $9-10 mill a year. Not sure we can swing that - unless we get full cap relief from Shazier. Then maybe.


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Free Agent Class ILBs
PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:02 pm 
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DP39 wrote:
I have a strong feeling that Avery Williamson is going to be way to expensive. He's probably going to get $9-10 mill a year. Not sure we can swing that - unless we get full cap relief from Shazier. Then maybe.


They could always structure the deal in a way that they work around the one time pill of the $8.7M they carry for Shazier this year. Many of these large deals are $10M a year but with a $2M initial cap hit because of the bonus money.

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Free Agent Class ILBs
PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:48 pm 
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Posluszny would be a good signing to pair with a draft pick.


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Free Agent Class ILBs
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ILB
Jelani Jenkins
Kevin Pierre-Lewis
Marquis Flowers
Preston Brown
Christian Jones
Anthony Hitchens
Corey Davis
Todd Davis
Ben Heeney
Jon Bostic
Avery Williamson
Zach Brown

Safety
Marcus Williams
Calvin Pryor
Tre Boston
Lamarcus Joyner
Maurice Alexander
Terrence Brooks
Kenny Vaccaro
Antone Exum
Eric Reid
Bradley McDougald
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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Free Agent Class ILBs
PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:24 pm 
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My money is on Tahir Whitehead.

Young? Check.

More or less bargain bin? Check?

Good in coverage? Check.

Played for Detroit? Check.

And, he's an ascending player. Started off as a special teams stud, then spot player, then mediocre starter, then top 5-6 ILB in the NFL last year.

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Free Agent Class ILBs
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bradshaw2ben wrote:
Played for Detroit? Check.

I just assumed he would be Colbert's top target after I read this.

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Free Agent Class ILBs
PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:26 am 
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bradshaw2ben wrote:
My money is on Tahir Whitehead.

Young? Check.

More or less bargain bin? Check?

Good in coverage? Check.

Played for Detroit? Check.

And, he's an ascending player. Started off as a special teams stud, then spot player, then mediocre starter, then top 5-6 ILB in the NFL last year.

I agree with all of this. Still going to cost $8+ mill per. I hope they spend it though, because he's probably as close as they're going to get to replacing what Shazier did for us without starting over with a rookie and then waiting a few years for him to develop. The time is now.


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