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  1. I’ll preface this by saying in Ballard’s 4 classes he’s drafted atleast 8 players in every draft and made multiple trades in all of them. We currently have 6 picks and I don't see us finishing the draft without 8-9 players selected, I wanted to have a purpose behind the trades I made and I tried to make the draft trades as realistic as possible for both teams In-House: ($43.6m in cap) Restructuring Ryan Kelly - Saving $6.75m Trade Jack Doyle to the Patriots for P155 - Saving $4.5m Colts Free Agents: ($54.8m in cap) Xavier Rhodes - $16m/2 Justin
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  2. Personally, I'm hoping we spend on a veteran left tackle. Hopefully a two-year deal. I can't think of anything smarter than insurance at the most critical position on the offensive line. Not spending on LT because you've spent a good amount on the other OL spot strikes me as penny wise and pound foolish. You're going to go inexpensive at the key spot just when you're bringing in a QB who everyone recognizes needs to be fixed. Don't you want to invest in protection for him. And I'm not ruling out spending a 1st or 2nd round pick on our future LT. But that guy lik
    5 points
  3. When it first started I was skeptical. The NL and AL played different styles of the game, and of course, the AL had the DH. That meant that strategies were different, more pitching changes in the NL since pitchers were often pulled for a pinch hitter and also double switches. Each league had their own set of umpires and it seemed the strike zones were also different for each league. NL umpires wore their chest protectors inside their jackets, while the AL umps used the exterior chest protectors they had to hold with one hand. But, I did like the rivalries that were created with
    3 points
  4. Not sure why the bolded is relevant. They're on cost controlled rookie contracts. I also don't understand why people seem eager to get rid of good, young players after three seasons. You draft well, develop well, then don't reap the benefits of your work?
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  5. Great point. My main interest in him is the simple fact that his production has fallen off, but at the same time, I feel he was misused in Baltimore. Could be at least worth kicking the tires on him to see if there is value. I would not overpay for him at all. He's a beast in a proper 4-3 though.
    3 points
  6. I liked it a lot, but I found that baseball purists did not like it as much. Even though the Yankees beat the Mets most of the time, most of the games were competitive and the games the Mets won brought good memories. I still recall where I was when this happened. (I get chills. ) I remember walking in the street and I jumped up when utility man Matt Franco got this walk-off hit off Mariano Rivera at the bottom of the 9th. My eyes glanced at a man sitting in his car, who screamed at the same time. It was rare for Mariano to blow a save. This was 1999.
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  7. I think moving Nelson to LT is a horrible idea. Don’t ruin a good thing.
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  8. So first, thanks for taking the time out and having the courage to put this out. Can also tell you did a lot of research. It’s also refreshing to hear someone say that they tried to make a purpose behind trades because that’s something I think a lot of people forget to when predicting trades. First off I really like the FA. The Eagles cutting Ertz and the Colts scooping him up to re-unite with Wentz is honestly brilliant and would probably enrage Philly fans even more. I’d personally take Curtis Samuel over Jones in FA but that’s just me. Ill admit in the draft you lost m
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  9. Rapidly becoming my favorite Colt
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  10. Nah, Griggs would be out of breath and sweating burger grease by the two minute mark. Ballard looks scrappy.
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  11. Why do you think Doyle must go? There is always room on the roster for a TE that has good hands and moves the chains.
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  12. A true class act. I will miss Rudy. That is another casualty of that awful Kirk Cousins contract. Rudy wrote a nice farewell note to Vikings fans, former and current teammates, coaches, front office, owners and Minnesota in the Players Tribune. https://www.theplayerstribune.com/posts/dear-minnesota-vikings-kyle-rudolph-football-nfl
    2 points
  13. We could watch the Colts another 20 years and not see a pass rusher like those two guys, honestly. They were all-timers.
    2 points
  14. That's how we got Rhodes, right? And Michael Bidwell just voiced that same thought today. He said he expects a lot of talent to change teams this season, primarily due to a bunch of teams needing to get under the cap. I'm not that concerned with WR, personally. I'd take Allen Robinson, but I don't think that's where I want to spend cap this year.
    2 points
  15. Braden in 2020 was better than Brown and Conklin were in their contract years, but I don't know if that's what the negotiations are going to be based on. I think Conklin is a good comp for him, though. That $15-16m/year projection is probably good. (I don't think Lane Johnson is a good comp, because of his age, the length of his contract, and the structure, which is heavily backloaded, including three * years, that bring the average up to $18m. His average cap hit before those last three years is $10.7m; it shoots up to $18m/year for 2026-28. The average over the life of the contra
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  16. This is a very solid point. That said we are also going to see cap savings compared to years past at key positions. Example: 2020: QB- Rivers ($25M) OC- Kelly ($15.4M) DT- Buckner ($23.4M) Total- $63.8M 2022: QB- Wentz ($22M) OC- Kelly ($7.5M) DT- Buckner ($16.0M) Total- $45.5M And that does not even count the $21M+ in cap space that comes as Jacoby is gone and the $14.5M from Hilton, etc. All I am getting at is that Big Q, Leonard and Smith can make a combined $50M-$
    2 points
  17. Again in terms of projecting values out, this all depends on how we see Braden Smith valued. I said to go high at $10M a year based on a few things: 1) If you asked many people is Braden Smith a top-5 RT, most would say no. I think he is. either way a top-5 RT slots in at an AAV of $10M a year right now 2) Most of the guys getting top $ at RT got that top dollar by getting it on the open market. Lane Johnson is the exception. However, the Eagles gave him that extension when there was originally talk about him moving to LT as Peters aged. The guys that signe
    2 points
  18. In support of East Streets view... what I’ve read about Williams since he joined the Giants is... disappointment. Underachiever. And when his play started to tick up what I read was... sure, he’s playing better now... it’s his contract year. Personally.... not a big fan of players like this... Clowney too. There’s a term for players like this.... coach killer. They're paid to be great. And they flash greatness from time to time. It’s a tease. But not nearly enough to be worth their money. They’re paid on their reputation, but ultimately they rare
    2 points
  19. Jaycee Horn at 21 would be an easy pick if it came to that. He’s got what it takes to be an elite corner in this league.
    2 points
  20. Can Cynthia replace Mel Kiper on draft day? @Mel Kiper's Hair
    2 points
  21. I liken that comparison to: Trent Dilfer Super Bowl Wins: 1 Andrew Luck Super Bowl Wins: 0
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  22. Right tackles don’t make closer to 20 than 10. None of them. I’m not even sure any right tackle even makes $15 per. If you have numbers that say otherwise, please show them. I’d peg Smith around 12-14m per.
    2 points
  23. It's not that we CANNOT spend more on the OL... you can always spend more if you want. The question is whether it's prudent and whether it is a wise allocation of resources to have about 35% of your cap tied in just the OL when you have so many other positions that are in desperate need for upgrade. I also don't think Braden will get 10M. I think he will be closer to 20 than to 10 IMO. I can absolutely see him getting 16-17M if he hits free agency. But yeah... in general it will be all about prioritizing needs and allocating resources. If we don't spend cash we will likely need to
    2 points
  24. This is a good breakdown. The total resources on the OL can balance out, even with big money for Nelson.
    2 points
  25. Another dumb thread about Grigson and Ballard. There is an easy fix. If you could pick 1 to run the team for the next 5 years, would it be Ballard or Grigson?
    2 points
  26. Ideally getting a LT in the draft would be best, but the one's who are left at 21 may not be ready to start at a high level in the NFL.
    2 points
  27. So? Haha. Let's pretend AC didn't retire and that instead he is entering FA this year. You'd rather let him walk just because 4 contracts on top shelf lineman seems like too much? 2-3 years isn't a long-term investment and I think we can afford it anyways.
    2 points
  28. I sure hope not......spelling & pronouncing his name will give lots of people fits........especially me!
    1 point
  29. This. He’s been a LG for awhile now. No sense to move him. This reminds of when people kept clamoring for us to move Braden Smith to his natural position of RG, despite his success at RT.
    1 point
  30. Most Philly fans would care less about Ertz going to the Colts. Most actually wanted him in the trade with Wentz to go to Indy. Eagles fans know they cant keep him and honestly wanted him gone last year after he turned down a contract extension making 13 mill a season. Hes on the back end of his career and with Dallas Goedert is the future. However Ertz will not take 5 mill a season, even for just 1 year. I still believe he will be traded for a mid/late round pick and not hit the FA market. Someone will give up a 5th rounder for him, esp this years draft when there is no real one
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  31. To the bolded, the point of having cap room and draft picks is to add good players. I don't think good roster management necessitates getting rid of good players when their contracts come up, not when you have the resources to keep them. Especially not if you're a good team, with contention in reach. I think some overstate how "close" the Colts are, but I do think we're closer to being a contender than we are to being a team that should be stocking up picks to reshape the roster. And that's why 'forward-thinking Ballard' has been rolling forward tens of millions of cap every year.
    1 point
  32. That's honestly not too bad if he ends up being a franchise QB. And of course if he flames out, we can escape those final two years.
    1 point
  33. Because trolls gotta troll.
    1 point
  34. I am curious, for those of you guys who were around and watching before interleague play began, what did you guys think when it first started? I was born after it began (Aug. 1997) and since I only ever known it, I am curious how people felt when it happened
    1 point
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  36. So Smith wants to play, and he wants a chance to win. So he should sign with a team where his best chance of playing is if the team benches their starter at the end of the season because they're not going to make the playoffs... ??? I'd love to have Alex Smith as our backup, but I don't think this is even close to the kind of situation he'll be looking for. I think San Francisco, potentially Houston, the Jets, Dolphins, Broncos, Bears, all offer better opportunities for Smith to start. And there are a ton of teams that have legitimate playoff aspirations in 2021, including teams fr
    1 point
  37. Unfortunately so much of what it going on today is to generate fake drama. Even when I watch what is supposed to be a documentary they add crazy hyped up or spooky music and have silly graphics and flashing camera angles.
    1 point
  38. I really really think we need to double down at LT this year in FA and the draft. With our new QB being so gun shy from pass rush i truly do believe it will be detrimental to keep him clean. Relying on a rookie to come in and play at a very high level can become a little unrealistic. We should sign somebody with a large front loaded contract this year (as to not cut into the dealings of everyone elses extensions) and draft a LT in the first our second let him get a feel for the game and then possibly trade the vet.
    1 point
  39. Love watching his channel.. just wouldn't even know he was an NFL player by the way he acts hahah. I hope he has a huge year 2 with Wentz
    1 point
  40. I agree. Giving up even one draft class is ridiculous. That is an example of mortgaging the future. It is foolish, as you said. It takes only one injury to end a player's career.
    1 point
  41. I'm excited to hear that Ballard was looking to pay Watt that much, but I'm glad that Watt chose elsewhere. Because this might mean that we get Yannick N. or one of the other top pass rushers.
    1 point
  42. Grigson had Luck. Ballard has built you an all around better team.
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  43. Antonio Villanueva. OT 2/25m. Maybe 3/40m.
    1 point
  44. Curtis Samuel or Carl Lawson.
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  46. I don't like Agholor as an option. First, he had his worst years with Wentz and second he's predominantly a slot(80-92% of his snaps are from the slot)... the WR spot we have the most options for already. I just don't like that as an option at all. We need an outside receiver who can win one-on-one and stretch the field. That's Davis. edit: I just checked and it seems like he played more outside last year... interesting. I still like Davis better I think and I don't trust Agholor.
    1 point
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