I believe that with Manning’s recent medical clearance we should make a valiant effort to sign him. He is the missing link on an otherwise Super Bowl worthy team. Not saying he guarantees a super bowl win or even a berth, but he at least puts us atop the AFC West with a legit shot at winning a playoff game or two which is more than I can say for either Cassel or even Orton (whom I actually like). In the NFL you live and die by the QB position and so I’m going all in on this one.
On the other side of the ball, we are one bad mamma-jamma NT away from being ELITE. We’re talking back to the Neil Smith and DT58 days at Arrowhead. Lights out defense with a raucous crowd, total homefield advantage. That NT I believe is Paul Soliai of the Dolphins who most around here also know and love.
So here’s my ideal offseason. I’m not a pro on the fiscal side of things so I’m not entirely sure how or if all of these could be signed but if the Eagles can sign the whole world why can’t we figure out a way to get some decent players here as well?
Re-sign - Carr, Bowe, McClain, Gilberry, Gordon
Newly Sign - Manning, Soliai, Shaun Rogers, Joel Dreesson, Veteran Safety
- 1. David DeCastro, G
- 2. Zebrie Sanders, RT
- 3. Antonio Allen, S
- 4. Michael Egnew, TE
- 5. Ryan Broyles, WR
- 6. William Vlachos, C
- 7a/7b. RB/WR (power back, speed receiver/deep threat)
QB - Manning, Stanzi, ?
RB - Charles, 7thRd RB, Battle, McClain, McCluster
WR - Bowe, Baldwin, Breaston, Broyles, McCluster, 7thRd Wr
TE - Moeaki, Dreesson, Egnew
O-line - Albert, DeCastro, Hudson, Asamoah, Sanders, Lilja/Vlachos/Mims
NT - Soliai, Powe
DE - Jackson, Dorsey, Rogers, Bailey, Gordon, Gilberry
OLB - Hali, Houston, Studi, Sheffeld
ILB - DJ, Siler, Belcher, Greenwood
CB - Flowers, Carr, Arenas, Brown
S - Berry, Lewis, Allen, Vet FA, McGraw
Special Teams -
P - Colquitt
K - Succop
LS - Gafford (also Dreesson did some LS for Houston I think...)
PR/KR - Arenas, McCluster
I would only sign Shaun Rogers if he comes on the cheap, otherwise no thank you sir. Also a RB to look into could be Michael Bush from Oakland who I believe is a FA this year, would strengthen us and weaken a division rival which is always good. Also I really like Allen in the 3rd, he’s tall enough and athletic enough to be one of the new hybrid LB/S combos we need to help cover TE’s especially with the new dual TE sets people are and will be running more and more.
I think if we focus early in the draft on finishing a stout O-line to put Peyton behind and with all of our weapons we could be Top 10 on Offense and with Soliai, returning Berry, and adding some depth at Safety, and hopefully Houston turning into a beast we can be a Top 5 Defense. Tell me that team couldn’t at least win us a playoff game!
What are you thoughts, am I crazy? Is this feasible?