Be gentle with me.
Philip Rivers - Get out before he crumbles completely. He'll either retire or take a starting job somewhere else. Personally, I hope he retires.
Malik Hooker - 5th year option declined so the writing was on the wall. Major injuries and scheme fits issues.
Anthony Walker Jr - I personally like him but I don't think he will be re-signed. Right now he's our 3rd LB at best.
Marlon Mack - With Taylor, Hines & Wilkins we have our RB room set. Coming off a major injury, I don't think I'd bring him back.
Le'Raven Clark - I know, depth. This guy was awful in the past, is awful now and will be awful in the future. We can find better.
Tavon Wilson - He's a depth guy getting up there in age. We can replace easily.
Chaz Grenn - Oh please.
Jacoby Brissett - 1yr $7.5m - Locker room leader and excellent mentor for any new QB coming in. Comes back on a reasonable deal.
TY Hilton - 2yr $20m - Offensive captain and still productive on his day. Defenses still pay him a lot of attention.
Justin Houston - 1yr $7m - Defensive leader and still productive as a passrusher. At this salary he's pretty good value.
Denico Autry - 1yr $5m - Good rotational piece. No sense losing him.
Xavier Rhodes - 1yr $5m - Corners over 30 decline in value and skill. He proved himself last year and earns a $2m raise for taking the short term contract.
AQ Muhammad - 2yr $6m - Quietly productive in limited game time. A good piece to keep in our rotation.
Zach Pascal - 2yr $8.5m - Again, quietly productive and a good locker room guy. A good WR3 option. Good enough to actually sign rather than tender.
Trey Burton - 1yr $3.5m - Good weapon. Showed enough to be kept. We all know how much Reich loves his TEs.
TJ Carrie - 1yr 1m - Good depth and showed up well this year in limited action.
Mo Alie-Cox - second round tender - $3.5M
George Odum - 1yr $1.5m
Ashton Dulin - $540,000
Taylor Stallworth - $750,000
Updated Cap: $16.36m
Matt Feiler - G - 28yo - 6'6 330lbs - 3yr $16m - Took 848 snaps for Pittsburgh last year and allowed only 2 sacks and gave up only 2 penalties. Pittsburgh currently sit $13m over the 2021 cap so the chances of him being re-signed seem small. I'm anticipating Nelson being moved to LT (even though I think it's a terrible idea), so Feiler starts at LG, the position he played for Pittsburgh.
Updated Cap: $11.03m
Draft: Trade: Indy trade up to pick #12 with SF. They give up their 2021 2nd & 4th round picks as compensation. Worked out as fair by the Draftek Value Chart https://www.drafttek.com/NFL-Trade-Value-Chart.asp?RequestTeam=
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Round 1 - #12: Trey Lance - QB - North Dakota State - 6'3 224lbs - This is the time for Ballard to swing for the fence. He loves his picks but you're staring down the barrel of another year with JB under centre. Uber talented QB who fits how Reich likes to call games. He has a strong arm and a beautiful deep ball. He has very good mobility and good vision when he gets into the open field. He runs play action exceedingly well and excels on running pass plays out of the bootleg. If he had played this year he would probably be pushing Fields and Wilson for the #2 QB off the board. He played at a smaller school against inferior competition, but it's Reich and Brisett's job to bring the best out of him. I believe he could be our guy. Round 3 - #84: Grant Stuard - LB - Houston - 6'1 227lbs - Team captain in college. Racked up 191 tackles for Houston over 33 games, 10% of those were for a loss of yardage. Excellent off the field guy. Was a highschool safety who converted to linebacker by packing on muscle mass. Good straight-line speed. Secure tackler. Takes snaps from all 3 off-ball LB positions. High motor and high octane energy. In my opinion his floor is as a standout special teamer, his ceiling is a very solid 4-3 LB. He is going to be too undersized for most teams to consider at LB, hence him landing with us. Round 5 - #148: Darian Kinnard - OL - Kentucky - 6'5 340lbs - Big point of attack beast who is a tough run blocker. The scheme he was playing in at Kentucky was largely run based so he is less developed in pass protection but has the size and ability to develop. His best fit might end up being as a road grading guard rather than as a kick-stepping tackle. He comes in as a replacement for Le'Raven Clark for OL depth. Round 6 - #180: Trill Williams - CB - Syracuse - 6'2 198lbs - Tall corner with good arm length, although measurements will need to confirm. Good fit as a boundary corner. Lacks the long speed for a man to man scheme so a zone scheme where he'll have help over the top will be best for him. He sat most of last season so will need development. He will likely start as a special teamer whilst he develops his coverage skills. Round 7 - #211: BPA
QB - Lance - Brissett - Eason
RB - Taylor - Hines - Wilkins
WR - Hilton - Pittman - Pascal - Harris - Dulin - Patmon
TE - Doyle - Alie-Cox - Burton
T - Nelson - Smith - Holden - Kinnard
G - Glowinski - Feiler - Pinter
C - Kelly - Pinter
EDGE - Houston - Autry - Lewis - AQ - Turay - Banogu
DT - Buckner - Stewart - Stallworth -
LB - Leonard - Okereke - Franklin - Stuard - Adams - Glasgow - Speed
CB - Rhodes - Rock - Moore - Carrie - Rodgers - Williams
FS - Blackmon
SS - Willis - Odum
K - Blankenship
P - Rigo
LS - Rhodes