2014 Free Agents -- Defensive Linemen

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  1. DavidL

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    Unless a guy has "no trade" stipulation in his contract, he can be traded for other players or draft picks. I haven't read their contracts, but I doubt any of them have a no-trade contract.

    You can fill a lot of spots on your roster with $80-$100 million. A general manager (football or any other business) gets the most value for the dollar by paying every employee at or close to fair market value. I'd go a little over for Cutler, but not much.
     
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    That's my thought too. We may get a tiny bit of a "home town discount" if Jay isn't going purely for money alone - if he sees Chicago as a near-perfect match for his needs:

    1. Great supporting cast (Brandon Marshall, Jeffery, TE Bennett, Forte, & a decent offensive line)

    2. A head coach who is offense-oriented & someone he is comfortable with (no more lunatic dysfunctional OC's calling the plays)

    3. Jay has been a life-long Bears fan. Even as a kid he was a Bears fan (he's said this anyway). He's a Midwestern guy with family from Indiana.

    4. He knows that if he stays in Chicago, he's going to a Super Bowl, sooner rather than later. Another team may not be in position to do this.

    5. He's had experience in "Quarterback Hell" so he knows how to truly value the sweet setup he now has in Chicago.

    But all that being said, there is no way in the world Jay signs for a $50-mil contract. He will get at least the $80-mil, and maybe closer to that $90-100 mil range. It's just the cost of doing business in the NFL today.
     
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    Casey Hampton is old but he is a run stuffer that we simply do not have on the roster. We have been beat up in the run game this year.

    Big Toe knows the system and could help in run support also.

    I simply do not think that we will find a 3 tech tackle worth bringing in, but I do think we can get better in run support through FA Vets.

    I am talking about this year, as a stop gap before we get to the draft and off season FA.
     
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    i didn't say they couldn't be traded b/c of contract, NO OTHER TEAM is going to trade for a guy in the last year of said contract. Why would they? How many teams do you see trading players in the NFL mid season, this isn't baseball? It's a rare case b/c the systems are so varied that the guy, no matter how good, is going to be behind the 8 ball just in terminology, let alone actual scheme.
     
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    And I didn't say anything about trading guys mid-season. Any such trade would be off-season.
     
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    David, no team is going to trade for a player that is about to hit the open market in free agency. The current team either signs him back or lets him walk. It's very rare for a player to be signed and immediately traded.
     
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    what team in their right minds would trade for a guy about to hit the open market? They'd trade whatever and then HOPE the guy was going to sign, you cannot do a sign and trade in the NFL w/out the team taking a huge cap hit.
     
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    Not true. Romo and Flacco are outliers. There are better QBs than them not making near $90-100 million. That's not to say some owner won't offer Cutler $100 million, but I seriously doubt it, and he'd need to prove it. Even so, on balance, he's not worth it IMO. You have to consider the alternatives.
     
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    That's not true, either. For example, the Cardinals traded Javier Arenas in 2012. 2013 is the last year of his contract.

    We could trade any of these guys for draft picks to generate cap space to get a high-quality FA pass rusher.
     
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    They are not outliers, they are the latest to get contracts, the ones making a lot less were in previous contracts or are not considered elite. Please don't bring up Brady restructing to move down, THAT is an outlier.
     
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