At some point, you need to draft a player and announce him to your fanbase as a future star. It's harder to do that when you trade down out of your first round spot to eventually get a player (Kindle, Upshaw) or draft a sliding player (Oher, Cody, Jimmy Smith). It's hard to point out a lot of flaws with our drafts, but that is it right there.
With that in mind, if we do indeed get a 1, 2, 3, 4, 4 or even a 1,2,3,3,4,4 +5 other picks from rounds 5-7....I'd rather package a few of them and move up and get a first rounder and 2 seconds or even a first rounder and 3 second rounders, which isn't out of the question at all when you calculate all that built up draft-day trade equity. Heck, maybe we could even get a team like Jacksonville to give us a 4th or 5th rounder for Cody and we can turn that pick into someone useful.
Also, one more thing...help me out here.
I know we have never been able to trade our 5th round compensatory picks. Does the same hold for any potential 3rd or 4th round compensatories this year?
You can't trade comp picks
In this case, for the Bucs, they've actually done the opposite. They've taken money that was to be due next year and paid it as a Roster Bonus this year, thus making it all count in 2012 (Roster Bonuses are not prorated). By doing so, they've used up their excess 2012 Cap space.
The Ravens have only around $1M in Cap space presently, so they're not able to pull off a move like this.
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And 52 leaves Oz and ends up in Kansas. It is business, sad....ugly...unpleasant....
I can't see him playing for the vet minimum plus incentives, but I can see Oz making team decisions... same basis you have for saying you see Boldin cut (as I also see)
I hate to say this, because it could be a huge jinx, but...I think all of us are just hoping that Ray decides he's done after this year and kind've gives us the easy out from this whole situation. The "thinking with your head" move says to cut Ray and move on. The "thinking with your heart" move says to find ANY way to keep him on the Ravens. Neither are right or wrong.
They have to do what is best for the team. Period. And having a 38 year old Ray Lewis back with a $6-7+ million cap number (and having him out there on all 3 downs) is not what's best for the team anymore.
If Manning can be released, anyone can be released.
One can only hope we're releasing Ray Lewis because we have our replacement at MLB.
How dumb would the Colts look this year if Luck had absolutely TANKED. Meanwhile, Manning is pushing the Broncos to a first round bye, possibly even home field advantage!
Manning was coming off a career threatening injury that forced him to miss an entire season and had people wondering if he would ever be the same physically. He was still playing at an elite too when he was healthy, but it was fair IMHO for them to move on considering the questions.
I don't want to turn this into a bash Ray post/thread, but he has been in a pretty significant decline for years now and frankly, I don't think his impact if he left...even with the guys we have now would be very big. At this point, he is great for getting other guys in position and is still sharp as a tack mentally, but he is a fish out of water in space now and even is missing tackles now that were easy for him before.
Manning's release was as much about the once-every-decade designation of Luck as it was about the salary cap hit and Maning's injury status. If that year's QB crop looked like 2013's or 2011's, etc, then I think there is a significant chance the Colts would have worked something out with Manning. But after they got the #1 pick in a draft that included Luck, they couldn't pass up taking the QB. There was a greater risk of reputation (for Irsay) in passing on Luck who then turns out to be one of the best ever than there was in taking Luck who thens becomes a bust. The latter, while obviously possible, would not be 'blamed' on Irsay like the former would be, because of the universal opinion of Luck coming out of college.