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Old 02-22-2012, 01:20 PM   #1
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I keep seeing negative "losing Wallace" post and I'm ready to think about how we could improve if and probably when we lose him after we put a 1st round tender on him. Between the Ravens, Bengals, Patriots and 49ers...we could end up recieving the 21st, 29th, 30th, or 31st pick along with our 24th pick. I hear great things about Glenn, Hightower, Poe, and Burfict. I preferable would like to address the NT position and the OG position in the first round. But i believe that drafting a MLB would free us up from keeping Farrior or Foote on salary. I really love both of them but they are mid and late 30's players...There has to be a time to trim the fat. What's everyone elses opinion?
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Old 02-22-2012, 01:26 PM   #2
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Well, its pretty well a given that we're going to lose either Foote or Farrior, if not both. Thats 5.8 million in cap space at middle line backer, and I can't see the Steelers paying someone $3 mil to be a back up. Much the same way I can't see them paying Hines $4 mil to be the 3rd, 4th, or 5th receiver. It sucks, but the numbers are the numbers.
Would a second first round pick be worth Wallace? If we use first two rounds to shore up o-line, d-line, and ILB, and pick up a 6'4" WR in the third or 4th round, then I could see it. Ben hasn't had that big target since Plax left (well, for two years with butter-hands), and that could be what it takes to make our O more run/short pass oriented, which seems to be what management wants.
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Old 02-22-2012, 01:32 PM   #3
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I dont plan on Hines being back either. If he is he will be resigned to a veterans minimum which is around &875k. I think Ben, Troy, and James will restructure to free up some room but i dont believe we would be able to match an offer made by another team for Wallace. He will likely get a $20 million garunteed type of contract at least and we can't even think about matching that so a first round pick is the only reasonable out we have left.
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Old 02-22-2012, 05:22 PM   #4
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Yeah if it happens, it happens. But if it were me I'd go offensive line and Linebacker. There are plenty of good NT's in this draft that we can get in the 2nd or 3rd round. Your not going to get a stout LBer in the late second round. You might get someone good. But I think hightower or Burflict are way above the next lb's.
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Old 02-22-2012, 05:24 PM   #5
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Another pt. This year is a very deep WR draft class. Probable the deepest Ive seen in 8 years or so.
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Old 02-23-2012, 05:50 AM   #6
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Losing Wallace, I would say if Michael Floyd is in reach you would have to nab him as he might be the surest way in replacing Wallace in a hurry. No guarantees with anyone later although I still cover my butt and pick another WR later as well. The team wasn't expecting the extra first round pick anyway so use it to find a WR right away. They can still draft G, NT, ILB right after that and have a great draft.
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Even without Wallace we can still go 4 deep at WR if we bring back Hines...i'm more concerned with the Oline, LB depth, and NT in that order
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