I think that so far this offseason the F/o has shown restraint and made some great moves but frankly They dropped the ball on 2 major signings. However I do like the way they have held onto our pick so far as its value only increases by the day.
I was seriously hoping we would sign Clements, now before you go spouting off about his 80 million dollar contract, I looked into it and the contract is much closer to 64 million which is still a lot but he would be a cornerstone for at least 5 years. Getting him would have meant not depending on Springs who is injury prone and recovering from a major injury and would have given us the best corner combo in the league especially if we still signed smoot to be the nickel and backup corner to platoon with rogers.
Adalius Thomas, frankly I think that his versatility would have been a great fit here, he can play end on passing downs or cover and he was a solid strongside LB, I can forgive this one because we were pretty much set even though Washington was going under the knife. this would have given us amazing depth and im pretty sure he could have played in the middle (he is much bigger than fletcher.)
Now here are some things I am against.
1-Do not trade the 6th pick for anything less than a pro bowl player at either DE, DT or OL, frankly the closer to draft day the more value it has. If a stud QB drops too us we may have to take him, even if its to trade him ala Rivers.
2-Do not over pay for Jenkins, you would think this is common sence but already guys are talking about trading #1's and getting Jenkins, NO WAY, if the Panthers were willing to take a package of this years second day picks and up to next years third I'd say go ahead but otherwise Id say forget it and let someone else overpay for him. yes he was an outstanding DT but he has a lot of wear and tear on him (Carolina's D saw the field a lot over his career) He would be an outstanding pickup for what I and others have outlined but otherwise no thank you. If the Pathers picked up the junk at Dt that they have and still think they are set then that makes me wary(Chad lavalais? come on) If we were going to gte their first and second as well as jenkins Id say do it but this is not madden.
3-Do not trade next years first unless its for a top 5 pick and do not trade next years along with the #6, if Cambell does not pan out we will need to use that on a QB because frankly it all starts at QB and this will be Jasons only real shot as this team has always had high expectations and theres no way this teams fans will tolerate another Brunnell situation. I hope it doesnt come to that but....
4-Do not trade Betts unless we get some serious value and im not talking about a second or third rounder, he has a cheap contract and has proven capable of starting in the league and being productive the problem is the perception that good backs are a dime a dozen (even though thats not the case PRODUCTIVE backs are rare).
5-DO NOT TRADE SEAN SPRINGS, We are not going to get anything near his value anyway. besides, are you freaking kidding me he is the only elite Corner we have and frankly the difference he makes on this D is huge, the guys calling for us to trade him obviously don't watch games because when healthy he is a top 5 CB, he covers and plays the run, hopefully he gets healthy.