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I think this offense could be in an even better place next year if we retain Boldin, and with him, Ray Rice Jacoby, and Torrey Smith, as well as Pitta getting a 2nd round tender, they will have had three years developing good chemistry together and keeps some good continuity going. Then of course you have Tandon Doss showing promise as someone who can break into the rotation. It will allow us to by pass the offense, apart from maybe an offensive lineman, and re stock the defense in the draft.
And even if we did, $1-2 million doesn't take into account the new draft picks.
I get the sentimental feelings for Boldin, but you can't be scared to move on when you aren't getting value for the price. People were scared about losing Derrick Mason too. We'll make due.
Matt Birk is scheduled to earn $2,750,000.00
Bobbie Williams $1,200,000.00
and Jameel McClain $3,000,000.00
I don't know how much guaranteed money was involved with the contracts and other stipulations, but I would have though we'd be saving anywhere between 6 to 7.5 million cutting them all, and let's be honest, they are very expendable cap casualties, far more so than Boldin.
Keep in mind that along with Flacco they're going to have to make decisions on Kruger, Ed Reed, Cary Williams, and Ellerbe.
Ravor usually does an article/spreadsheet near the end of the year and does the figures for the potential/likely cuts.
Birk has 700 k in bonus to account for next year, Williams has 400 k, and Jameel actually has 1.2!
Don't forget about Ray Lewis possibly retiring either btw. We could save 3.5 million from that.
Changing the subject a little here.
Has anyone considered the possibility of signing Martellus Bennett next season? He is likely to be a FA, unless the Giants extend him? Dennis Pitta is proving to be a solid fourth round pick, but is he really good enough to be that guy? Dickson is proving that he really isn't a great compliment to Pitta, and I think getting a guy like Bennett could really help us, he could split snaps with Pitta or both be on the field at the same time. Bennett is an amazing blocker, and would be a great 3rd down target for Flacco, he would also be an enormous end zone threat, which we don't really have atm.
Huge fan of Stedman Baily, possibly in the 3rd round if we're lucky. He would offer something this offense is missing.
I also continue to like what i see from Florida LB Jonathan Bostic, Kevin Minter impressed me in coverage yesterday as well even though he got a couple penalties he ran well down the field with Arkansas standout WR Cobi Hamilton one play and only got a penalty because he wasnt looking for the ball.
I know the CJ Mosely train is loading up lol, and im on that train as well but when i look at how dominate Louis Nix and Jonathan Jenkins looked yesterday i wonder if grabbing one of those guys in the 1st and looking at possibly Minter or Ogletree in the 2nd or Bostic in the 3rd.