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Old 01-23-2007, 04:12 AM   #21
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Could we put the franchise tag on Grant?
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Old 01-24-2007, 01:44 AM   #22
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more likely the transition tag
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Old 01-24-2007, 09:08 AM   #23
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[/quote]I see us shelling out the money to keep him and I don't see him being too greedy.

I disagree with this. I think that Grant understand's the business side of this league. He will not get another opportunity to sign a contract the size of what he could get at this time in free agency. You've got to figure he's going to sign a 4 or 5 year deal and at the end of that he's going to be on the backside of his career. So, if he's going to get that big signing bonus now is the time for him to cash in. At the same time, we've got good cap room, and a decision has to be made on whether that money would be best spent addressing multiple areas of concern or just this one. Is Grant that important to our defense? I'm not sure

The CB situation, noone would argue has GOT to be improved. However, I also don't think this draft has any real attractive options for the time we are going to draft in the 1st round. So, I think FA is the only real option for this position. I think it's absolutely clear that Fred Thomas has to go. Regardless of how much you blame him for the long pass plays, it's clear that opposing offenses have identified him as the weak link and there is no reason that wouldn't keep doing that. A change is essential.

Simouneau played hard, but I don't think he's a high quality starter. Adalius Thomas would be a great fit here. I think he would bring some attitude, an attack the football kind of mindset, and from everything that I read, a very good work ethic that would fit the kind of mindset that Payton is trying to instill in this team.

I really liked alot of the personalities on this team, but after a season like this I believe it's clear that this organization has a real opportunity to be Super Bowl Champions. Our attitude as far as the acquisition and release of players needs to reflect that. It doesn't come around all the time and a team has to grab that bull by the horns or the opportunity will have passed by with thoughts of "What if?". I think Loomis has some really tough decisions to make this offseason. Someone is going to get let loose and a case can be made to resign alot of these guys: Grant, Stinchcomb, Young (I know we need to improve DT, but there's just not a whole lot of improvement that I see out there), etc. I'm just really glad that I don't have to make the decisions and get to sit back and be a back seat driver. Good luck, Mickey.

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