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Old 13.03.2014, 09:21 AM
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After last season, I think DG has earned a little leeway, in my opinion anyway. There's a lot of time left in the Free Agency game, especially at WR. Until it all plays out, it's hard to know what is going on behind the scenes and what the master plan is.

As much as I love Smith (like others on here) and appreciate that what he has done for this franchise over such a long period of his career, I'd much rather support a team that can make the hard decisions than drag people along with sentiment for too long at the detriment of the team. If Smith continues to regress like he did last season (at 35, he could), we're looking at a $7m cap hit on a guy who might get 500 yards and 2 TDs in 13/14 games. Don't get me wrong, the motivation of getting cut may well see Smith hit an upturn statistically, but I don't see him having that same upturn if he stays with us.

LaFell isn't irreplaceable by any means, and neither is Ginn. Have to think we draft a WR that we believe we can contribute straight away (1st round? Even trade up?), make a play at someone like Nicks or Rice, then see what lower level players are available like we did last season with Ginn. If you want a KR/WR man, both Josh Cribbs and Devin Hester are on the market. Jacoby Ford is out there, total burner, Lance Moore, Heyward-Bey, James Jones, Emmanuel Sanders, even someone like Kenny Britt could do a job if you keep his head on right. There is talent out there, and I think DG is very well placed to give us the players we need at a price we can afford.

Steve Smith isn't a #1 receive any more. Do you think he would have accepted lining up at #2, or more likely, #3? With his personality, I don't think he would have handled it well at all. Give DG some time to work before we hit the panic button. He made it work last season, and despite continuing cap constraints, there's enough out there this season to make it work again. We'd all like to be the "big player" in Free Agency, throwing cash around like say, Denver. But we don't have a lot of money to throw unfortunately.

In DG we trust!
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