Topic: Out of the abyss, 2017 off season needs, wants, essentials
OK, someone said we needed some out of the lounge threads dedicated to this upcoming off season.
I personally think the draft threads will need to wait until January as we will be turning out wheels until after the bowl games when declarations for the draft become official.
SO...This thread is to get us through the month of December. Anyone that gets an idea in their head about ANYTHING off season related can come here to post, including draft talk if you so desire. You can throw out half baked scenarios, totally thought out procedures, or just plain voice your opinion on who needs to leave the roster/coaching staff/front office. PLEASE, I am begging you, give us your reasoning in a thoughtful manner so that this doesn't turn into an avalanche of trolling just to get the rest of us worked up...I.E. Haslem must go because he is worthless, not really much thought put into this..explain WHY you believe Haslem is worthless.
Let me begin with an example:
I heard on the radio yesterday, the talking heads were discussing the holes in the Browns roster. It was mentioned that the Browns drafted Shon Coleman to play guard, but because of circumstances, he has been at RT all year rotating in around injuries. So, realistically, IF he can be a viable backup guard, that position really is NOT a need, rather with a healthy Bitonio, it is a strength with Greco there as well. They were saying, and after hearing the arguments I agree, the most important acquisition this off season on either side of the ball is a center. IF you can get an Alex Mack type player, everything else falls in line. Joe Thomas at LT solid, healthy Bitonio at LG solid, Greco at RG solid...then all you need is a fit at RT to have a strength on offense in your line. They also mentioned Erving needing to be moved back to tackle as he isn't an inside lineman...but not necessarily being the answer at RT...So they said do you want to trust your most important acquisition to the amateur draft? No, spend some of your league leading cap room on a free agent center that can come in and fill the hole left by Alex Mack.
That said...here are the only center free agents available:
Joe Hawley C 28 TB $1,664,063 UFA Starter in TB
Cody Wallace C 32 PIT $1,160,000 UFA NOT a starter
John Sullivan C 31 WAS $885,000 UFA NOT a starter
Ryan Wendell C 30 CAR $885,000 UFA NOT a starter
A.Q. Shipley C 30 ARI $785,000 UFA starter in Arizona, but is on his 6th team in 5 years, spent mostly on practice squads
Michael Person C 28 KC $760,000 UFA backup guard in KC
Trevor Robinson C 26 ATL $760,000 UFA available on the street RIGHT NOW if you wanted him
Brian Schwenke C 25 TEN $656,065 UFA NOT a starter
J.C. Tretter C 25 GB $643,977 UFA Starter on one of the worst lines in the NFL
So, to break it all down...Hawley is the best of a bad group of free agents at the center position. He will probably cost about $3M per year for a two year deal, then go get another center in the draft fairly early. He would probably still be the best on our current roster if signed.
OK, so give me something good to read, ponder and debate...let's go Browns brother's (and sisters if there are any out there) and anyone else that has an idea.
Maybe this thread will help keep the lounge a little cleaner..