I always liked what I saw from Nield when he was on the field. I'd love for him to emerge as a starting NT to give the line even more versatility. It also couldn't hurt to shift Cofield outside if Carriker is released and target Hughes or Geathers at NT in the 4th or 5th to compete with Nield. But I feel like with our DL and with our defense, you can have any 1-4 guys along that line out of 10 potential players, including the rush linebackers and Lorenzo ... that front 7 is interchangeable ... obviously the more bodies the better, but if you lose Carriker you don't necessarily have to go out and replace him with a starting caliber, highly paid end.
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Reality of these contracts? I honestly have no idea what some of these guys would demand ... but if these are at least somewhat accurate, gives a feel for what we might need to clear. If we bring in a FA CB that likely means Hall is gone ... especially if its a Toler signing rather than a Cedric Griffin signing...
CB Derek Cox (JAC): 5 years $30 million ($4.5 million base in 2013)
FS Corey Lynch (SD): 4 years $13 million ($2.5 million base in 2013)
RT Ryan Harris (HOU): 5 years $27 million (4.0 million base in 2013)
Also, if we can manipulate the cap to make these moves (which would require a Hall release, honestly), and we retained Santana ... we enter the draft in BPA mode. Of course an additional safety would be nice, but it doesn't become a requirement with that first pick.