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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; I really think that they should fill the DT slots with rookies if at all possible, because next off-season Ellis will be off the books, and if he doesn't have a career year - well, he won't be back for ...

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Old 03-16-2012, 05:38 PM   #11
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I really think that they should fill the DT slots with rookies if at all possible, because next off-season Ellis will be off the books, and if he doesn't have a career year - well, he won't be back for the 2013 season.

Then the Saints would have the cap to sign a dominant FA DT if that is what they need, and the rookie DTs would have a year under their belt - and Spags would have a better understanding of what the front 4 needs in order to become better.

I'd rather see this happening than them spending unnecessary money on a FA DT who ends up producing like f.e. Rogers did this past season.

Franklin with a 1-year contract for $2.5-3M would be nice, but I doubt he'd be willing to sign for that little (and another 1-year deal) at this juncture of his career - I guess it depends on how the FA DT market develops.

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I really think that they should fill the DT slots with rookies if at all possible, because next off-season Ellis will be off the books, and if he doesn't have a career year - well, he won't be back for the 2013 season.

Then the Saints would have the cap to sign a dominant FA DT if that is what they need, and the rookie DTs would have a year under their belt - and Spags would have a better understanding of what the front 4 needs in order to become better.

I'd rather see this happening than them spending unnecessary money on a FA DT who ends up producing like f.e. Rogers did this past season.

Franklin with a 1-year contract for $2.5-3M would be nice, but I doubt he'd be willing to sign for that little (and another 1-year deal) at this juncture of his career - I guess it depends on how the FA DT market develops.
I wouldn't mind a 2-3 year deal with Franklin at all. I was more impressed with him than Rogers. He's beef in the middle. We can't run nascar all game long, especially with Deangelo Williams, Michael Turner and Lagerrett Blount twice a year, not to mention we play Matt Forte, and Frank Gore as well.
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I wouldn't mind a 2-3 year deal with Franklin at all. I was more impressed with him than Rogers. He's beef in the middle. We can't run nascar all game long, especially with Deangelo Williams, Michael Turner and Lagerrett Blount twice a year, not to mention we play Matt Forte, and Frank Gore as well.

I'm not disagreeing, and I've been in favor of bringing Franklin back the whole time, but in general I think the "draft & groom" approach sounds so much more attracting - especially when looking at it from the future continuity perspective.
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I think the "draft & groom" approach sounds so much more attracting - especially when looking at it from the future continuity perspective.
That depends on Goodell and if he lets us keep any decent draft picks this year...
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I'm not disagreeing, and I've been in favor of bringing Franklin back the whole time, but in general I think the "draft & groom" approach sounds so much more attracting - especially when looking at it from the future continuity perspective.
Sorry, I meant to preface it with "I agree".

But I do not want to pin our DT hopes on the draft.

Its a difficult position to master and we'd be foolish to depend on it. We need at least one stopgap vet.
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That depends on Goodell and if he lets us keep any decent draft picks this year...

That is true, but I'm relying on my Magic 8-Ball which answered to my question of: "Will the Saints have draft picks in 2012" with: "You may rely on it."


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That is true, but I'm relying on my Magic 8-Ball which answered to my question of: "Will the Saints have draft picks in 2012" with: "You may rely on it."


Yeah, I've met that 8-ball in real life, he's an *******. He probably meant "You may rely on it...It wouldn't be smart, but you are technically allowed to"
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Yeah, I've met that 8-ball in real life, he's an *******. He probably meant "You may rely on it...It wouldn't be smart, but you are technically allowed to"

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Cut Ellis sign Franklin back get King in the rotation as a 3rd down pass rusher then draft an early round DT (if we still have the 2nd round pick) and another small school DT in the late rounds.
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Use Free Agency (Franklin) to shore up your roster; then let the surprises and youth in the draft come...

Now, will we even have draft picks? Friday came and, well, still quiet...
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