I posted this in another thread but thought i would post it here as well
Ballard has said the goal has been to build for sustained success. Who are the 2 teams with probably the most sustained success in the NFL? The Pats and the Steelers. How many "flashy" and "big name" free agents do these teams sign? They very rarely do it and when they do it is usually them resigning their own guys. New England even did the unthinkable and let a "big name" LT go. Both of these teams are good at finding gems in the draft and then finding the right pieces at the right price in free agency. I'm sure we could have signed a handful of high profile guys and done very well next year maybe even the next 2 years, but how often do we see the "winners" in free agency a year or two down the road releasing the exact same players that had made them the "winners" of free agency. I really don't understand the lack of patience with our GM. Remember the goal is sustained success not to be a flash in the pan!
I'll admit that I've been very patient and supported Ballard and continue to do so. But I'd be lying if I said how he's done so far in FA isn't concerning. Not because he's not landing big name players, but he's having trouble landing 2nd tier players. For what reason, we won't ever know but it is concerning
You do get that there isn't really any quality guards left right? Unless there's a surprise cut, they've all been signed.
Pouncey was a surprise cut, but is visiting Chargers. I'll be surprised if CB would be willing to pay what he needs to, in order to get him.
So this "Ballard will sign OL", is nonsense. The reality is that there are no quality options left to sign. It's not just a question of signing someone, but signing someone who's actually a solid above average NFL guard.
Drafting a RB when you have an O-line that gave up 56 sacks last season... Yeah, I'ld just rather have a guard who could be all-pro for the next 10-12 years straight.