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Boutte 02-10-2012 12:30 PM

What if we lose Colston or Nicks?
Do we promote from within or do we go shopping? I know there's the draft but if you wait till the draft to see what you get you risk missing out in FA. Plus I always believed that you fill holes with free agency and pick BPA in the draft.

Most people feel that Nicks is a bigger priority than Colston because he's probably the best guard in the league while Colston, while very good, isn't quite up to that standard. But if you look at the free agents available and what their asking price is likely to be that might be as accurate as it seems.

There are some very good free agent OLinemen available who aren't as good as Nicks but who would certainly be solid replacements at a much lower price. On the other hand the available talent at WR, while excellent, doesn't include anyone comparable to Colston that is likely to come at a lower price.

Hopefully we won't have to choose but I think losing Colston would be more difficult to recover from.

Of course there's the first option I mentioned which is to go with what we have. From that standpoint we're in much better shape at WR. We've got some pretty good talent waiting in the wings with Robert Meachem being the most obvious guy to take on Colston's duties. Moore could definitely see his numbers go up and Adrian Arrington and Joe Morgan have a lot of potential. Losing both Meachem and Colston would suck big time.

On the line the picture, as far as I can see, isn't nearly so rosy. Or am i missing something here? Are there any sleepers on the roster?

SapperSaint 02-10-2012 12:34 PM

Brother, I hear ya. Just like everyone else here, hear's ya.

First thing that needs to happen is Drew. Once he is resigned, then we can focu on those two. IMO we will lose one or the other.

papz 02-10-2012 12:38 PM

If we lose either or even both(not going to happen), we'll survive. While the level of individual productivity will level off, I don't see a big drop off in our offensive production. There's always someone else chomping at the chance to prove their worth.

dizzle88 02-10-2012 12:43 PM

I know most people are saying they would rather lose colston instead of nicks and i understand their reasoning when they say this.
But if colston went, its not like Adrian Arrington is going to wake up one morning with skill set that matches that of a 6 year pro with nearly 7000 yards and 50 TDs. He won't turn into colston over night and we'd need to find a special player if he left.
Week 3 vs Atlanta - Colston had about 6 catches on the second to final drive which let us get the game winning score, just before ATL failed on 4th down. He always comes through i hope mickey can work some magic

Boutte 02-10-2012 12:55 PM

It would kill me to Colston in another teams jersey.

FinSaint 02-10-2012 01:04 PM

What if we lose Colston or Nicks?

Answer: Move on, win the SB, and send pictures from the after party to them.

Danno 02-10-2012 03:40 PM

If we lose either, we're left with a significant amount of money to sign someone else, hopefully on defense.

ScottF 02-10-2012 03:59 PM

Colston is awesome, period. But the fact is that there isn't as much drop off from Colston to the next WR as there would be with Nicks and the next option.
WR's are interchangeable; all-pro guards, not so much

Danno 02-10-2012 06:23 PM

Question: What would you rather have if forced to choose

An 8 million/yr WR?


An 8 million/yr DE/OLB/DT?

FinSaint 02-10-2012 06:47 PM


Originally Posted by Danno (Post 377305)
Question: What would you rather have if forced to choose

An 8 million/yr WR?


An 8 million/yr DE/OLB/DT?

Don't even have to think about that.

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