2014 Free Agents -- Defensive Linemen

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  1. DavidL

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    http://www.kffl.com/static/nfl/features/freeagents/fa.php?option=DL&y=2014

    This is the list of potential free agents. Some will probably be removed by "franchise" tag, but most of them will be on the market.

    I was thinking of targeting Allen, because we'd get a double pay-off, It helps the Bears and hurts the Vikings.

    Who would go for?
     
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    I don't see Shea or Peppers on that list.....
     
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    They are not free agents until 2016.
     
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    they'll be cut, it was a jok....nfm.
     
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    The joke (on us) will be if they are not cut.

    Anyway, if they are cut, who do we target on the list? Maybe Melton plus one other?
     
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    not sure we target anyone on that list, the ones worth targetting will probably be tagged or signed. I think our answers for the DL will be via the draft. DT early, DE mid.
     
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    i would be pissed if we cut shea, ok i get it, not good enough for a 1st, but still dont want him cut, hes good enough to make the team and will be better. and for pep - we' ll see
     
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    I disagree. How did we get Peppers? Last year Osi Umenyiora was FA. Welker went to Broncos. At least a couple good names on that list will be available -- as Bushrod and Bennett were this year. The NFL has the salary cap rules set up to make it impossible to keep everybody you'd like to keep.
     
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    The Bears won't have the money(if the resign cutler) to go after who ever is this years Peppers though, and if they resign Melton and 1 of Jennings and Tillman that pot gets a lot smaller, let alone Jennings AND Tillman. Cutler, IF resigned, is going to get a 80mil deal, b/c THAT's the going rate for average teir 2 qb's, that's going to soak a vast majority of the huge cap space the Bears have, add in Melton/Tillman/Jennings and you got a real problem.
     
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    Sustainable success, with the realities of a salary cap, is probably best achieved through the draft. Yes, there can be notable exceptions to this. But, if at all possible, you want to build as much as you can through your draft. As others have pointed out on this messageboard, many times, the margin off error in the draft is pretty small, if you want a sustainable solid team over a period of years.

    This is why I like hearing about how good Emery is with talent evaluation. He did a fine job this year. Hopefully this will be the norm with him as GM.
     
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