In the 03/04 offseason, i was in Iraq and remember talking w fellow Soldiers about the draft and how the Steelers were 2 years away. Well they went out killed that drafts and signed a few mid level FA by the names of Clark, Farrior and Hartings and went on to form one of the best teams in the NFL for 8 years. Fast forward to today and lthis offseason, we have a lot of tough choices to make and it may be hard to watch some of them go. Here are some best case or hopefully things that I hope happen.
IMO and I have said all along we will be around 35 mil under the cap, other than our players we will resign I think we bring and why are the following.
Eric Decker or James Jones, if we are going to load up for 3-5 year run which I think we are either of these two are a million times better than Sanders. Wheaton is a match up nightmare in the slot, Decker or Jones are great route runners clear #2 WR, team guys, and will thrive w Ben at the helm for the next 5 years. We let Sanders walk and sign JC to a 2/3 year deal. Ben loves JC, he can come in on 4 WR sets and step up if an injury happens.
McCluster, Haley drafted him and he can play special teams. We let Dwyer walk back field will be Bell, Jones and McCluster.
Red Bryant, IMO a rotational player but could help fill out the line and ease the loss of Keisel. IMO they sign Ziggy to very team friendly deal. Before the draft the DL may not be special but it will be improved.
Q. Demps, may not start but depth and much better and younger opition in the secondary. He could play in Nickle and Dime D.
Now for what I am sure will get some backlash.
Round1@15, CJ Mosley we get our next great leader on D.
Round 1@19, trade of the century and maybe the best deal ever.Steelers trade Pouncey, Adams andour #4 pick to MIA for their#1&3 picks. Oh wait there is more to this blockbuster. We then get a call from SF and they want M.Lee from USC, Colbert says, "make me an offer i can't refuse" and they comply. We give up #19 and return we get (round/pick#)2/56, 3/61, 4/77 , 5/94 & 7th rounder.Yes we let them keep #30, deep draft and older team. Just turned Pouncey who may walk next year anyway and Adams into 5 more picks giving us. Multiple picks in rounds 2-4, we should be able to retool the D and make another run or 3 and be able to send Ben and Troy out the way we did for Bettis, World Champs
Trade may not happen but is fair, FA is a real thing though.