Potential Cap Casualties and Free Agents
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01-12-2013, 02:32 AM
Join Date: Oct 2008
CB DJ Moore
CB Kelvin Hayden
CB Zackary Bowman
DT Amobi Okoye
DT Henry Melton
DE/DT Israel Idonije
G Chilo Rachal
G Lance Louis
K Olindo Mare
LB Brian Urlacher
LB Geno Hayes
LB Nick Roach
QB Jason Campbell
QB Josh McCown
RB Kahlil Bell
S Troy Nolan
T Jonathan Scott
Melton will 100% be a Bear next season. If he's not re-signed, he'll be franchised. In fact, he's the only tag possibility we have. He's vital to the defense. None of the other guys here are. I can see Idonije being signed to a 1-year contract before free agency. Nick Roach and Lance Louis are also likely to be back next season. Probably one of DJ Moore or Kelvin Hayden will be kept, too. No sure things among the others, but Urlacher will likely be back if he's willing to sign cheaply. The Bears are in pretty good shape as far as impending free agents go. Melton is the only vital player not under contract.
DT Nate Collins
Pretty much a lock to be tendered, given that he'll be cheap and performed really well in the DT rotation.
Possible Cap Casualties and/or "skill" cuts:
DE Julius Peppers
DT Matt Toeaina
G Chris Spencer
TE Kellen Davis
WR Devin Hester
WR Johnny Knox
I didn't include any of the practice squad/3rd stringer types. Just the guys who've been on the field for significant time in their careers. Knox's future in pro football will rest on the opinion of the medical staff this offseason. If he looks like he'll play again, he'll be back. If not, he'll be retired. The other guys are almost certainly going to be dumped, with the exception of Peppers. I expect some cap restructuring magic will be worked on him to reduce that $16 million hit.
Last edited by Monomach : 01-12-2013 at 02:35 AM.
01-12-2013, 08:28 AM
Join Date: Mar 2008
Players marked with an asterisk are who I would expect to be priority re-signs. No guarantees, of course. But they've proven their value.
Noteworthy Free Agents
We have Hannibal's replacement stashed on IR. He's gonzo.
Seymour has arthritic knees, milks hamstring injuries, takes too many plays off, and gets too many stupid personal fouls.
Bryant is really good and getting better. He and Wheeler, who has been a revelation, will be core players if they re-sign.
Myers' numbers this year are getting him overrated quite a bit. He's a poor blocker, and really a #2 type TE. Still, he's not a bad player and has a rapport with our QB.
The "Meh" List
Reggie traded for Goodson, and he flashed some real ability late in the season after coming back from his ankle sprain. I think we'll be able to bring him back cheap, and I believe we plan to.
Carter also flashed at the end of the year. Enough so that he took over for Shaughnessy as the primary RE. He finally looks like hes recovered from his injury.
Shaughnessy is still an excellent run defending DE, but looked sluggish and slow this season coming off a shoulder injury. I don't think he'll be a priority re-sign, but I hope he comes back. If we flip to a 3-4 as expected, he could prove to be a very good 5 technique.
Potential Cap Casualties
McClain is obviously gone. Tommy Kelly is as close to a certainty as there is, short of McClain.
Mike Brisiel was our one 7 figure free agent signing, and he was absolutely horrendous. That he was never benched speaks very poorly of our coaching staff.
Huff is a pretty good player. Not exceptional, but definitely versatile. Played better at CB than either Ron Bartell or Shawntae Spencer did when they were healthy. But, with an $11 million cap number, a restructure is in order. If he plays hardball, he'll be playing for another team next season.
DHB is due way too much. I love his work ethic, and he proved under Hubris Jackson that, if used primarily on routes where he can face the QB (outs, digs, hitches, curls, the occasional slant), he can be an effective player. But, a limited player who still hasn't learned to catch consistently just can't be paid like a go-to guy. I hope they give him the chance to restructure, but cutting him seems more likely.
Conflicting opinions on Palmer's contract. If there's any significant savings for cutting him, I could see it. He's the least likely, though.
Oakland's defense has "Third Downs Syndrome." Draft accordingly.
No offense, but your Raiders draft sucks.
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