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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    Round 1 DT
    Round 2 DE
    Round 3 CB
    Round 4 DT
    Round 5 C
    Round 6 CB
    Round 7 Flyer
     
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    IMO the Bears must resign Cutler unless he makes outrageous demands. Beyond that, I would consider all options open. Are we already forgetting that they drafted McClellin in the first round? That's why, if there is a blue-chip DE to replace Peppers on the 2014 FA market, I'd trade any of those guys you mentioned to get enough cap space to make the winning offer. Bottom line: If you don't have a pass rush,you are screwed, and i don't see where it is coming from.
     
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    Is 80 million too much? It is a tough one for me to swallow. We definitely need to invest in DL and that is not going to lock up a big chunk.
     
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    Emery has also mentioned that he would like to draft a QB every year
     
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    The way to think about this is "How much would some other team be willing to offer to him?"

    check this...

    http://www.overthecap.com/top-player-salaries.php?Position=QB

    From this ,it is highly unlikely anybody is going to offer him $80M. So, if he demands $80M, I'd say, "See if you can find a buyer and come back when you are serious." Well, I'd say it more diplomatically, but that's the idea. If he wants to stay with the Bears, he will ask them to match or beat the offer. The job of our GM is to resign Cutler at close to his market value. That's how we should judge Emery.
     
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    I'd like to see a contract that includes incentives. Something that would reward "Good Jay" and not reward "Bad Jay" - maybe give him the ol' electric cattle prod up his nether regions for "Bad Jay" performances. :D
     
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    Can't hurt much more than getting plowed by Suh
     
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    Pay him a bonus for reducing his turnovers.
     
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    Agree. I would also like to see us start drafting qb's. I think one of the factors preventing a major improvement in Jays performance is no competition. We can't afford two first string qb's, but a challenger with upside would have Jay looking over his shoulder. Mccown is not competition. Your suggestion of incentives works similarly.
     
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    Someone I will bet trestman has his eye on is alex hall, Hall brings with him 62 career tackles and 24 sacks in just under two seasons with the Blue Bombers and when he is not getting at the quarterback, he is often attracting double teams from opposing offensive lines. And the blue bombers are 2-12 team. He was just traded to sask, but all reports say he is going to the NFL next year. Cameron wake like guy.
     

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