I agree 100%!
Everyone saw what happened in Miami and got the delusion that selling off assets, tanking and rebuilding is somehow this brilliant blueprint.
People need to look a bit more closely at what they actually did though…
2016- 10 wins
2017- 6 wins- suffered a rash of injuries
2018- 7 wins- too much talent lost to fully compete
2019- 5 wins- this was the tank-a-thon year
2020- 10 wins nearly made playoffs
The Phind traded- L Tunsil, J Landry, K Stills, and Minkah Fitzpatrick, and a 4th and 6th rounder collectively…
The Phins acquired 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd, J Bademosi.
2016- 9 wins
2017- 9 wins
2018- 6 wins
2019- 3 wins
2020- 5 wins
Lions traded Stafford
Lions recieved- Goff, 1st, 1st, 3rd
We got exactly one less premium pick than the Phins “tankathon” but all we did was go from Stafford to Goff- who by the way if we traded would likely fetch a pair of 2nd rounders right now… (I don’t suggest this)
We are facing a weird salary cap year, and so is everyone else. The one great thing about our situation is how great we look cap wise in 2022 already. Flowers will need to be restructured a bit, as well as Goff, but other bad deals like Collins and Big V are gone next year.
Here would be my priority list…
Create as much cap space in 2021 as possible without brutalizing next years cap. Meaning anyone we have 3-4 year desire to keep here gets paid or restructured now, and anyone we already know isn’t a good fit, we just take our medicine now. Don’t mess with Big V or Collins etc…
Extend Ragnow now to roughly 5 year 61M deal. Similar per year to what Kelly got as top center deal ever. But we have one more cheap year left and one faux year at the end where a cut could occur with no pain. 32M guaranteed spread over next 4 years would look like 4M 21’, 8M 22’, 10M 23’ 10M 24’ as for the dead money. Takes him til age 29-30 depending how long we ride it out.
Extend Walker, AO, and Crosby to multi year deals asap. Tracy Walker has had 2 seasons over 71 pff rating. He’s 25 and has ideal size. This new regime either looks at him as a day one lock in the starting lineup, or a guy they can replace in round 2 or 3… the issue is when you try and do that with everyone, you run out of picks!
Walker- extend 4 years 26M with 12M guaranteed. Spread over 5 years (cheap 2021 year) it’s a 5 year 27M deal. Can be cut after 2023 if need be
AO- I’d offer a 2 year 11M extension with 4M guaranteed. He’s got 2 cheap years left. He’s proven a #3 CB in my opinion. Size, speed and some production. Again this is really a 4 year 12M deal.
Crosby- I’d offer 3 years and 12M extension. Really becomes a 4 year 13M deal. He’s clearly superior to the Wiggins and other 1 year 2-3M guys. More scheme flexibility etc- I’m not sure he’d take this, but I’d offer.
Come to think about it, I might gamble on the same for D Hand. I know he been injured a lot. I also know he can rush and play the run. He could play 3 tech, 5 tech, or straight DE in a heavy set. I’d hate to see him explode to 7-8 sacks this year only to either cost a fortune to sign as a Ufa or leave a big hole. He quietly played in 10 games last year in a messy covid and coaching debacle.
D Hand- 2 years 10M extension… 5M guaranteed. That’s 3 years and less than 11M, with guarantees of 1.5M this year, 3.5M next year, free to cut year 3.
Doing this costs us virtually nothing against our cap in 2021 additionally, and we’d be paying Ragnow nearly 10M on a year 5 option next year anyway, and replacing Crosby, Hand, and Walker would likely take a 2nd, 3rd, and 5th round pick OR 3 guys they’d pay 4-6M per year in ufa. I’d take those guys talent over K Wiggins, N Williams, and Harmon type signings-
J Jackson- 24
Big V- 27
If they follow this blueprint they have 16 guys under contract for at least 3 more years, and none are bad contracts aside from Big V, and Flowers. Goff at 100M for 4 years with 50M guaranteed isn’t bad in today’s qb scale. That said both could be restructured. Big V could surprise us this year, but likely just gets cut next year.
Then you factor Shelton at 27 for 1 more year to rotate with Penisini… J Collins for 1 more year and you have 17 starters, with only 2 gone in 2021 (Shelton and Collins)
So- starters needed for sure 2021
WR1- Golladay 5 years 90M (look at A Coppers deal, cilantro cut after year 3… 7M, 10M, 18M hits years 1-3 with say 5 M dead if cut prior to yr 4)
FS- Marcus Williams is a ball hawk familiar with DC and Glenn who is just 24 yrs old. 5 years 50M with 25M guaranteed. Yr 1- 4.5M. Yr 2- 6.5M. Yr 3- 7.5M. Yr 4- 4M. Yr 5- 2.5M
ILB- Jarrad Davis- I like him in the Demorio Davis type hunt and kill roll… I’d offer years and 10-12M with 6M guaranteed.
WR2- *** draft ***
Spots we need to sure up both upgrading talent and supplementing long term
Nickle- veteran free agent cheap, draft late
Edge- R Okwara- offer 4 years 28M to he, Dupree, Judon, L Floyd- we will get one for that-looking for 6-7 sacks
RB2- ** draft**
RD 1- D Smith- would give dynamite balance with red zone target and 50/50 guy in Golladay, a route running ninja in D Smith and another big strong outside target in Cephus.
RD 2- DE like Nixon, Twyman, M Wilson etc
RD 3- DE/Edge-Q Roche, P Jones, etc
RD 3- RG/RT
RD 4- RB hammer type
Traded down to 8-15… add a 2nd
1- Barmore locks up DE opposite Hand
2- R Moore