Francis would have been nice to keep around but V. Martin who plays both DE and DT made him expendable this year. It is all about winning now not next year or the year after its all about this year. Would I have kept Francis over like Kaddu or Jones this year sure. On the DB front we know there are injury concerns and on LB I am not sure yet but we will see.
Philbin and Ireland want to win now knowing their futures are tied to the win column too. Just something to think about.