1. The release of Matt Cassel?
2. The drafting of Geno Smith first overall?
3. The signing of B. Albert?
4. The signing of D. Bowe?
5. The addition of Childress to the coaching staff?
How about "None of the Above? As I see it, the single most important event (if it happens) is the release of Tyson Jackson. Releasing Jackson would essentially double our surplus Cap space, enabling us to resign both Bowe and Albert, plus Canty, and a couple of other first-tier FA’s. This one event will shape almost our entire off-season. If we do not release Jackson, we most likely will not be able to resign both Bowe and Albert. If we don’t resign Albert, we would almost be forced to take Joeckel with our first overall pick, thereby not taking Geno Smith. On the other hand, not resigning Bowe would force us to either take our chances with an outside receiving corps highlighted by Copper, Breaston, Baldwin, and Newsome, unless we could pick up a "bargain basement" FA WR, or draft a WR in round 1 or 2.
On the other hand, releasing Jackson could enable us to keep both Bowe and Albert, and add a couple of other FA’s of note. Now I know some will say that with Dorsey almost out the door, and then the jettisoning of Jackson, we’d have no veteran DE’s. As I see it, with the $ we’d have to play with, we could entice Canty to sign with us, add a couple of players at position of secondary need (S, ILB, interior OL, WR), and address the main needs (QB, DE, SS) in the draft.
Barring a trade of the first overall pick, I see two basic draft scenarios; either Geno Smith @ #1, and a DE (M.Hunt?) @ #34, or Lotulelei @ #1, and best QB still on the board @ #34. This would give us a DE rotation of Lotulelei (or Hunt)/Canty backed up by Pitoitua (resign him!)/Bailey.
OK, you guys, wadda ya think? Go ahead, rip me to shreds!