very possible we get outbid on all 3 and if hartlines still on the market he's the fallback option...
hoops scoops 2012 season ..."in 2014 ryan tannehill etches his name in stone amongst the games elite qbs"..."ryan tannehill and andrew luck will carry the afc for the next decade plus the way peyton manning and tom brady have this last decade plus"
Quite frankly, knowing our recent history, it almost seems like a foregone conclusion that we WON'T get any premier FAs, but it's just too easy to be that negative with what's been happening. I think if a mistake is made, or should I say, an arrangement that's less desirable, than I think it would be us getting the guy that our fanbase is less encouraged about, like Bowe, for instance.
Bowe just screams 'Marshall redux (all those negatives)', doesn't he? I don't think that would be a problem though. I just don't see us having the kind of air of incompetence that lingered over the Sparano administration towards the end, which really fed into Brandon Marshall's bi-polar chaos. I think if we did get Bowe then he'd be OK but his drops would drive us nuts. All the players have '+s and -s' that we'd have to deal with. All we can do is hope for the best.
A reality check, though, is this: If we don't get the FA's we need, then our whole approach to this season has to radically change. If we get the FAs, then we make an effort to win this season, but if we don't then we're much better off selling veterans, stockpiling draft picks, and trying again next year, keeping our cap low for the 2014 offseason. It would be very disappointing but it's best to maximize the situation.
Worse-case scenario would see us completely failing to upgrade the veteran talent with impact players, over-paying for bums, and relying on drafted players to make us better in 2013 an that's just a recipe for 7-9 or worse. If we strike out in FA, then we must plan for 2014, period.
For us, it wouldn't be the worst thing, as this would surely mean the death of Jeff Ireland as our GM. If his stench or stigma repulses free agents again then he has to be jettisoned, and maybe even Ross would see that.
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If this happens I expect a new regime in 2014.
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I think Jennings is a lock too, but it seems a lot of people around here are obssessively focused on the GM.
If another, more desperate team throws truckloads of money at Jennings he will sign somewhere else. Ireland is not as much a factor as many people seem to think he is.