With Philbin now as HC and the principle of building a franchise through the draft for the long term benefit of the organisation, Long, Smith & Bush should be let go.
Let me just start by saying I love Jake Long. Guy plays through injury and has been elite for all but one season as a dolphin. But, the amount we would have to pay him is not justified by what we will get in return. Why pay elite money to a tackle who is not best suited to the ZBS we run.
Bush is a 27 yr old RB who avg 4.3 YPC and was taken out on a lot of short yardage downs. We have MIller and DT and again IMO the amount paid to Bush would not justify the return we would receive.
Sean Smith. I like to call him 'no hands' as he cant tackle or catch the ball. IMO Coyle prefers smart, physical corners. Again why pay for someone who does not fit, long term what we are looking for.
I would re-sign, Hartline, Fasano & Starks ASAP. All massively underrated IMO and would justify the contract received.
With this in mind and the need to already upgrade at WR & pass rushing end, we would then also require a new starting Tackle & CB.
Who would you see, though FA and draft filling these 4 spots?
WR - Robert Woods.
OT - Oday Aboushi
DE - Michael Johnson
CB - Xavier Rhodes
How would u go?