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  1. Definitely excited about this. If the rumors are true and it really is $15.9M guaranteed and $10.5M in that first year, then even better. We can easily stomach the $10.5 this year and only owing $5.4M beyond year one if something doesn't work out well is actually pretty decent. If at the beginning of FA someone would have said "You can sign 28 year old Brandon Williams or you can sign 25 year old Johnathan Hankins for 60% of the overall contract value and under 50% of the guaranteed value" i would say Hankins would have been the no-brainer to me. I personally love the fact that it is NOT one of those 1 year deals and gives us a multi-year deal on a young and talented guy. i also love that it is not a 5 year deal like Williams got and basically gives us most or all of Hankins' prime years. Having him from age 25-27 is prime. And it works out well for him too. If he performs, he can still hit the streets for another big deal when he reaches Brandon Williams' age.
  2. I will say that CB's approach is different than what we are used to and that isn't necessarily bad. The one thing I think we all got spoiled with (and maybe one of the the only good things about that regime) was that when Grigson brought a guy in, he closed. It was rare that we brought in a guy or expressed actual interest in a guy and then didn't get them to sign on the dotted line. Now clearly most of the guys we inked back then did not live up to expectations. But, I will say that I was impressed w how most of those signings were structured in a way that it did not hurt us cap-wise. Think of all of the swings and misses and yet we are in a great cap situation now and even moving forward (even w Luck's big extension and T.Y.'s extension). I'll speak for myself in saying that my biggest disappointment this off-season has nothing to do w who we have and have not gone after. I am more-so disappointed that we have not closed as successfully on guys this year as we have in the past. Hopefully in that regard alone this year is an anomaly.
  3. I will say that I don't think Ayers has shown anything yet to lead me to believe he could make that transition, but you never know. One guy who did it recently (out of drastic need) was Clay Mathews a year or two ago for part of a season. When GB was taking big losses at ILB due to injury, I remember Clay playing there a lot out of necessity. He even did a decent job. But it was a total waste of his skill set and pass rushing prowess. Still some guys can make that switch. But few really should or can be successful when asked to (at least in a 3-4 that is).
  4. At the end of the day, I think most folks would think this is a draft best served to focus early and often on defense. Either a pass rusher or a corner or Foster or Reddick. That said, while I am not against taking an offensive lineman if it makes sense, this class isn't anything special. And if I were to take one I would be more inclined to go w Lamp and plug him in at RG. I think we have a few guys who can be serviceable at RT. Clark has worlds of potential and needs some experience to build. Haeg might be better suited at RG, but he can surely play RT for us. Good as well. So because of all of that, I would not be overly thrilled used the 15th overall spot on Ramczyk.
  5. There's still a bunch of guys w some potential out on the street that I'd love for us to make some small $, short terms offers to in hopes of landing some: Will Compton Gerald Hodges Sam Barrington Nickell Roby-Coleman Brandon Boykin Justin Gilbert TJ McDonald I know Hodges seems to be a forum favorite. I'd love to make a run at Compton, though. He is not anything spectacular. But he is still only 27 and has experience not just starting as an ILB in the 3-4, but also leading a defense and calling plays. I know he didn't "grade out" well as per places like PFF, but having watched him play he is still a guy I would want on my team. Barrington i had some hopes for when with GB and he never truly panned out. I wouldn't mind kicking the tires on him if Compton or Hodges were no goes. I know Roby-Coleman is another forum fave, but i also wouldn't mind seeing if Pagano and company couldn't squeeze some of the untapped potential out of either Boykin or Gilbert. Boykin was a heck of a slot guy in Philly initially and then he just seemed to struggle there and in Pitt lately. Gilbert would just be a guy I'd love to see what the staff could do with and if they could ever get him to reach any of that potential that made him a 1st round pick way back when. With re-signing Butler, safety is a bit less of a need. But McDonald is still young and experienced and I would love adding him and allowing Butler to help in the slot at times or allow Geathers to play in the box more if we went to a 3 Safety set, etc. I still hope we are not completely done w free agency and that we add a few pieces of the scrap heap as free agency winds down
  6. Agreed. Though i do think they probably thought Sean Spence for 1 year and $3M is better than Brown for 2 years and $12M. Since we did not get Minter and he went for 1 year and $4.5M, my guess would be that the Colts were looking all along for an ILB that would be willing to take a contract at the $3M a year range and Spence was the first to bite where Minter and Brown turned their nose up at that. Pure speculation, but connecting all the dots it does seem to make sense.
  7. We will not be getting Brown based on what we currently know. We know he "talked" with us. And then there was nothing after that. We know he visited Oakland and seemed offended by what they offered him. We know he just visited Miami and left without a deal and basically said he wasn't going to shut the door on them or even on Oakland but that he wanted to see if there were better offers out there. We know he fired his agent and hired new ones. At this point he is looking for the largest pay day possible. If he goes the 1 year route, he has to be targeting more than the $4.5M Minter got based on his Pro Bowl season, statistics, etc. I cannot see the Colts dropping $5-6M for 1 year on him when they just put out a 1 year deal for Spence. Sadly, I think the Brown ship has long sailed for us. Hope I am wrong.
  8. They grabbed Timmons already too. Thats a nice re-made LB corps if they get Brown as well.
  9. Im most excited to see what Simon can do with a full complement of snaps. He's been relentless in his sub role. I think he's gonna be a gem.
  10. I was thinking this a lot too. But i also think this is two-fold. CB is much more selective. And I think he is also being strict in setting his numbers. He wants a certain number of years at a minimum and he wants them at his price. I was hoping we would land some of these guys w some shorter term deals, but he wants the short term deals for the lesser talented guys or the older guys (i.e. Butler). I think most of the guys we all want are coming at values that CB wants locked in for multiple years and those guys are rightfully not wanting to lock in at discounted rates for multiple years. So i think our strategy has a disconnect w the market of the players we all want to get at the moment.
  11. Agreed that the valuation is off and that he may not fully compare to some of the guys listed. That said, WRs are getting paid this off-season. Sure Pryor and Jeffery took below market 1 year deals. But guys like Stills, Britt, heck even Thielen got paid. Those guys are making $8M a year for Britt and Stills and Thielen is getting $6m a year w incentives that could bump it to $9M. So the going rate for a decent WR is set at the $6-8M range. My guess is thats what a place like Sportstrac is seeing. I agree w you and others that I'd place Aiken's value more in the $4-5M range where guys like Kendall Wright signed. But if Markus Wheaton is worth 2 years and $11M then Aiken is probably worth around what Wheaton and Thielen got. Somewhere in the 2-3 years for $12-18M range.
  12. I'd love to get Hankins and see exactly what he is capable of. He played quite well at NT for the G-men. Having played NT before though, I can say that there is a huge, huge difference in being a 4-3 NT where I had to primarily one-gap and playing NT in a 3-4 where I had to two-gap. I'm not sure if we envision our NT to two-gap a lot of not. I know that I haven't seen Parry doing it a lot when I have watched games. That said I wasn't often staring him down play after play to see. If we really want a two-gapping NT then Jenkins would be a much better fit. I do believe Hankins is talented enough to do both, which is why I would love to have him. That being said, you rarely pay $7-10M a year in free agency for a guy based on what you think he can do in a scheme like yours without having seen him prove it in a similar scheme before. I personally think this is why we may have gone after Poe but not really publicly kicked the tires on Logan or Hankins.
  13. I have to agree with a handful of other posters who mentioned the whole 4-3 vs 3-4 idea. He visited Miami and Jacksonville and Atlanta and was tied to Oakland. None of those squads play a 3-4 much at all. Not to mention on each of them he would have had some significant talent on those lines with him. He would have likely seen a lot of one-on-one blocks that he could exploit and turn into a 6-8 sack campaign. Considering the on-going trend, the only guys really getting paid are involved in the passing game. If you aren't a QB throwing it or an O-Lineman blocking for your QB or a DB impacting the passing game or a pass rusher impacting the passing game, you aren't getting paid. We saw some lesser talented WRs get nice offers this off-season. We saw many OGs get essentially good Left Tackle money. And we always see pass rushers and good DBs get some bank. So with all of that in mind, it seems rare for DL that don't put up big pass rushing numbers to get paid. Williams got his, but he was seemingly the anomaly and he got paid by his own team who knew what he was and how he fit and how much they needed him. Otherwise, DL has been pretty ho-hum. I think at the end of the day Poe is looking to go get some numbers so he can strike it big. I am glad the Colts didn't either overpay him or get a guy who would be one-and-done. Bullet dodged.
  14. Hey guys. Newly signed up to the board but been lurking here for years. I wouldn't stress too much about this. As much as I (and most of us) wanted Poe, the writing was on the wall the moment we all learned that he left without a contract and was mainly looking at 1 year deals. We knew we did not want a one year deal. So unless our long term deal pushed into B.Williams territory, we had to know we were going to be on the short end of the stick here. I am fine w him going elsewhere if he is only looking for a year. I personally do not want a guy who comes here for a year to build themselves up only to leave or hold us hostage a year later. Maybe it is better off that we don't pay big money on a run stopper when we can pay considerably less for a guy like Jenkins. I'd love Hankins too, but if he wants a big long term deal he is probably not in the cards either. Unless he will accept a multi-year deal in the 6-8 mill per range. Anyhow, glad to finally be on board here to go back and forth w other Colts die-hards.

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