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TomDiggs

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  1. Looking pretty good man. Ekeler and Johnson are going to surpise folks and being able to trot out Thomas and JuJu for your two WRs is beastly.
  2. That can be rough. I also don’t particularly enjoy a league where TE is optional simply because when there isn’t a mandatory starting TE required, then the TE position loses a ton of value. So in the end this will will be a horse race to hoard RBs and WRs with RBs taking the main focus if you can start 4. If your opposition falls on deaf ears just plan accordingly and load up.
  3. While I highly doubt Luck comes back, and I hope for his own health and well being that he does not, I am super curious to see how it gets handled if he does. If he decides in 2021 that he wants to come back and the Colts then still hold his rights (as I know they would), does his contract simply pick up in 2021 w what he would have made in 2019? Does it pick up in the 2021 year of his contract? Or do they just hold his rights and have to negotiate a completely new deal? Not sure that I know much of a precedent for that scenario to know how it would go. I doubt we ever find that out, but crazier stuff has happened.
  4. Look, I will miss Luck. So will our team and our fans. But at the end of the day I feel for him as a person. In a league where teams cut guys for multiple reasons and guys get hurt and cut, I would never begrudge this man for walking away when he said "enough is enough" with the injuries. Truth be told, if I were newly married and about to be a new dad and had millions of dollars and I kept getting hurt and was miserable going to work every day and I could afford to walk away, I would. And that is all this guy is doing here. It sucks for fans. But he is also walking away from potentially a lot of money. And he thanked almost everyone under the sun and broke down a lot. This isn't some quick decision. I can only imagine the mental torment he's been going through along w the physical. And quite frankly if he is not in it mentally, he is smart to get out now before he gets even more hurt physically. We have been spoiled with Manning and Luck. Now we get to see what it is like to build around lesser talent at the position. It can be done and done well. Teams ramp up and win around QBs on their rookie contracts. So we will have to see how this shakes out going forward.
  5. This has always, always been the likely case. McCoy refused a pay cut off of his $13M figure. That always meant his starting point was going to be around that number because that is where he valued himself in refusing the cut. I also think most teams (and maybe us as well) were always going to want to come in around $8-$10M. So it also does not surprise me to hear the $11M figure cited since it is probably to hopefully help bring that number up from contenders that are probably offering in the 8-10 range. We basically paid Hankins $10.5M for one year when he was here. I always thought that left a slightly bitter taste in management's mouth and it was unlikely we would approach that $10M a year figure in these McCoy discussions. If the reports are true then the Colts interest was exactly what many figured: We called and asked "hey what are you looking for?" We heard the number and said "oh ok thanks" and we moved on. Now if he comes down, then maybe we play. But if he comes down then he probably falls right in the range of what the Browns/Ravens etc are also offering. And since he visited those teams, had good visits, they showed a good amount of interest beyond a simple phone call, etc then he likely goes to one of them. I wish McCoy well and hope he gets as close to that $13M as he can. But it sure seems like he will not get anywhere close w the Colts and it has always been unlikely that he would anyhow.
  6. The only reason I doubt this logic is that there was a good report out of Cleveland from a reliable reporter that he has one offer of $11M for one year but it’s from a team that isn’t as much of a contender and as such he’s considering other teams and seeing what they’re willing to give. Same source says the offer in Cleveland would be under $10M so he isn’t just seeing his number and signing. If that were true he’d have signed for that $11M on the dotted line as soon as he got it (unless he’s looking for more than $11M which would be rough). He’s smartly shopping around. Trying to find the best mix of team (contender if we believe him wanting to go to a contender) and money so it’ll come down to which “good” team makes him the best offer as such I can see his agent shopping him and playing off the offers. Hell a good agent should do that so again, we may already be out or we may be right in the thick of things behind the scenes he does have ties to a coach on the ravens as well. And has allegedly had them on his short list too. So that Tuesday visit next week will be a key one. Im not optimistic for us but I’m still hopeful that we at least engaged w his agent and have an idea of where things are at continuously
  7. I never ever worry about cap space for teams at this point. They can restructure or make any moves they want to fit a guy under the cap. Especially in a multi year deal. So so really just about anyone can truly “afford” McCoy. The Ravens have issues but are a historically well coached and great defensive team. Makes sense for defenders to want to go there. I still want McCoy. But unless there’s rumors of a visit to Indy then I’m not getting any hopes up for all we know we reached out to his agent and kicked the tires. We though we’d offer $7-$9M. We heard $10+ and we said good luck and he started to take his visits. Im not saying that’s how it went down. But that could easily be the case and we could already be out. Or or we could be waiting to see what he gets offered and swoop in later to match or beat it. Who knows. I just always thought ought it was an unlikely marriage w the colts once so many teams got involved or expressed interest.
  8. Could totally be agent-speak, but if McCoy is legit getting offers in the $11M range and has interest from up to 10 teams then the Colts are even less likely to get into a bidding war and land him. I think we we wanted him if he came at a decent value. At this point he’s gonna get market value or above.
  9. Agreed! That said Cleveland has like $30M or soo too I believe. so I can easily see them making an offer that we need to beat. And I just don’t think it’s in Ballard’s dna yet to do that. And definitely not for a 31 yr old 3-tech where he seems to have a lot of faith in Autry/Lewis/Ward. I would do it but that’s why I’m not leading this team lol.
  10. With Suh getting a contract that maxes out at $10M, the market is set the Browns, Ravens, Pats, heck anyone can really afford to give him a one year $10M deal. My guess is he ends up w the Browns, Ravens or Pats. All contenders in the AFC who if rather not see him with. If im Cleveland, I don’t let him out of town.
  11. I would love to get McCoy. I just think that our fans need to prepare as if it is not gonna happen. Not because we do not want him or he is not a fit or anything like that. Mainly because he is going to have a lot of suitors. At the end of the day, the Colts will have to win a bidding war for him if they want him. There will likely be even more. Typically we do not go that bidding war route. We will make an offer and if it's good enough and he takes it then cool. But my guess is he will shop offers around. He did not want to take a pay cut from his $13M figured before he got cut. So I feel like $10-$13M is probably the sweet spot. I'd offer it for one year, but someone might be willing to go multiple years or more for one year. So we have to hope that our offer is better than others or at least as good. We have the cap room to do it. Question is will we? I am happy w how we stand without him. I'd be even happier with him. I am just not confident that we get it done. I hope I am wrong.
  12. On paper the Browns have the look of a team that could win 10-12 games. They have not played together and it is only a paper exercise until they prove it. That being said, Baker Mayfield looks like the real deal. Their OL is solid. If the right side of the line holds up they will be above average there. They have crazy offensive skill position firepower. Beckham, Landry, Callaway, Njoku, Chubb, Hunt, Duke Johnson. Their offense could be scary if the gel. Defensively they look pretty well stacked too. A D-Line featuring Myles Garrett, Sheldon Richardson and Olivier Vernon could be great if they all perform up to their capabilities. Kirksey and Schobert are solid LBs. And their secondary is talented as heck. Ward, Greedy, Burnett and Randall make for a nice group. Again, they have yet to play together so it is all projection. But there is talent all across the board on this team. Combine that with the Ravens rebuilding on the fly and the Steelers playing without Bell and Brown for an entire season and the Bengals being the Bengals and all of the sudden you have a team that could go something like 4-2 or 5-1 in their division. If they can split with the Steelers and the Ravens, they could easily reach 10 wins Potential wins: Ravens, Steelers, Bengals (2), Jets, 49ers, Broncos, Bills, Dolphins, Cardinals Potential losses: Ravens, Steelers, Patriots, Seahawks, Titans, Rams I feel like 8 wins is their floor and 12 wins is their ceiling. They will be fun to watch this year.
  13. Some context to how big of a loss he would be:
  14. Big hit to the division rival Jags They also cut Blair Brown as well. Times are changing there for sure.
  15. Their offensive weapons looks darn good. That being said, they had Johnson, Kirk and Fitz last year and looked like a train wreck. So yes they swapped out offensive philosophies and QBs, but at the end of the day they did not do much to fix up that dreadful OL So it might look a lot like Seattle did for awhile where Murray runs for his life like Wilson did lol
  16. There are some alternatives I may prefer but I have to say this one is tough. Only because basically it appears the focus on CB's draft was on speed (in general) and on the secondary. This alternative version focused more-so on speeding and athletic DTs for the DL (and not the speedy edge rusher types like Banogu) and on bigger WRs and not the shifty guy we got in Campbell. And it did not address the secondary at all. Not even one player there. So I have to say I'd probably be more inclined to prefer what we actually did. Definitely good names in the alternative. Just did not seem to fit what the staff appeared to be going for this year based on how things shook out. I will be very curious to see if Banogu and that 2nd rounder from the Redskins next year ends up looking better than M.Sweat. But otherwise, I think we did a solid job as is.
  17. I also think most of these sites that grade our picks are grading on a few factors that will always seem to lower our grade: 1) They all will weigh in what their perceived value of a guy is. If they had him as a 3rd rounder and we took him in the 2nd round then we get dinged. They don't factor in that Ballard might want to make sure he gets his guy so he takes him a bit higher. Nor do they factor in that maybe we don't pick till the end of a round. So they grade him as a 3rd and we don't pick until the end of the 3rd. The guy might go early to mid third. So when we take him at the end of the 2nd to get him, we get dinged for it. But it is smart in my book. 2) They rarely ever truly consider scheme fit. They will say "they took Willis when A.Hooker was out there" or "They took Ya-Sin when they could have taken Greedy". They don't consider that the guy we take is a better fit than the other guy they had ranked higher. I see this a ton in the secondary. Where they wanna ding us for not take a solid FS type when we never would w us having Hooker. We had a stronger need for a box guy. Or they talk about Ya-Sin's man press skills and say "if you're gonna play some man then you should take Greedy". They don't consider all facets like that we play zone w man principles and that you absolutely must be a sure tackler. 3) They often will look at players we passed when we made a pick or move and evaluate as if we could have had him and do not consider that we purposefully and willingly passed because we clearly did not value that guy. I saw this a few times this weekend. Stuff like The Colts traded out of pick 26, when they could have stayed there and taken Montez Sweat, an edge rusher that they needed. Or, The Colts traded out of pick 46 and passed up Greedy Williams who they could have used. They do not consider all the downstream effects of the moves or that we willingly bypassed those players for a reason. Either way, I liked this draft for us. Some guys I wasn't as knowledgeable about as others. But so far I like what I am hearing. I do wonder what the LB picks mean for us. We invested some decent capital in LBs when we have recently only been keeping 2 on the field most of the time. I imagine that may not bode well for Walker long term. But I also think it gives us a lot of options in nickel and dime packages that we did not have before this weekend.
  18. By the way, the Rams just traded out w the Falcons and for moving down 14 spots they got a 3rd this year and had to give a 6th back And the Seahawks got a 4th and 5th for moving down 7 spots. I like the Colts move even more w the Redskins future 2 when you see what it cost others to move up here. The Colts did well to get what they got.
  19. I'll also add that this year was a tough year for teams wanting to trade back. There was not a lot of people looking to move up. They were not paying big prices. A second and a future 3rd to move up ten spots and into the top ten? Two fourth rounders to move up 9 spots to 21? I actually think Ballard got great value to get a prime future 2nd rounder for moving down 20 spots when his pick was at 26 and not some premium top-10 pick
  20. As a few ppl mentioned, that Skins future 2nd is going to be a premium pick. If they start Haskins all year, the kid is going to take his lumps and they will not finish the year very high. And if Haskins doesn't start right away it's Keenum or Colt McCoy. That future 2nd is going to be a top-10ish pick in the second round next year. We will surely enjoy it then.
  21. I like it. I am pulling for us to take another solid OG or OT despite the mutiny most fans would have in doing so. Love McGary. Especially on day 2. Also, so many folks (on our board, in the media, etc. nobody in particular) keep harping on LT vs RT and athleticism, etc. But in today's NFL, your LT and RT would be best served to be interchangeable skill-wise. Way too many teams now have great pass-rushers rushing from the left side of the defensive formation. That RT needs to be athletic just like the LT historically had to be. All I am getting at is that if a guy is good enough to play RT today then he should be good enough to play LT in many cases as well. And for what it is worth I agree with you 100% that McGary can do both. Nice mock.
  22. At the end of the day is Frank Clark a risk? Sure. Does the guy perform? Absolutely. Is he worth what he got paid in the current market in the NFL? Yes. Am I glad we did not pay the draft pick price along w the dollar price to get him? Yes. Seattle doesn't have a huge ulterior motive. It is fairly simple with them....they have too many guys to sign. They just paid a premium for Wilson. They have to try to pay Bobby Wagner and Jarran Reed next off-season too. When you know that paying Clark is gonna cost you some talent and you also know he is a bit of a risk and you also are at a deficit in terms of draft capital and you need to try to rebuild on the fly, you turn him into two premium picks and re-stock. It was just a smart move by Seattle. Basically similar to when NE let Chandler Jones in his prime go for a premium pick. Jones was 26 at the time and coming off of a 12.5 sack season. NE didn't want to pay him long-term and turned him into a 2nd rounder. Seattle did the same with Clark, who has a bit more off-field baggage, and turned him into a 1 and a 2. Just smart business by Seattle in my humble opinion.
  23. Agreed! I don't even know if CB would have paid that contract by its lonesome. Let alone give up a 1 and a 2 to then pay it. Hope it works out for KC. Seattle did pretty well for themselves there.
  24. Seattle will be just fine. They were set to have around $90M in cap space in 2020 before the Wilson contract. The biggest question now looks as to whether they sign Clark long term so they can Franchise tag Wagner. Before Wilson's signing, they were in a world of hurt since this would have been the last year on Wilson, Wagner and Clark. Now they can wait a year on Clark if they want and see how he does this year. It might come down to Wagner or Clark if both guys play out their final year and play well. Or they re-sign one to a long term deal and tag the other. I don't think Clark is getting moved and don't think he ever was going to either. As much as I like Wagner, he will be 30 when trying for his next contract next off-season. Makes sense for the Seahawks to do with Clark what Dallas just did w Lawrence. Tag him. Make him play on the tag and prove his worth yet again. If he drops another 10-12 sack campaign (as he should) then he gets his $20M+ deal like Lawrence did next off-season. Wilson's signing (in my opinion) actually makes it less likely that Seattle has to move Clark. They would have been in purely 1 year rental mode of Clark if Wilson didn't sign an extension. Now that he has, they could always tag Clark again next year if need be. They do not have to feel pressed to move him unless they get a deal they cannot refuse.
  25. The truth of the matter is that IF (which I will believe it when I see it) Seattle was ever going to trade Russell Wilson or let him get away, it gives them even more of a reason to not move Clark. Right now their hands are tied with Clark because they cannot tag him next year since they would be too busy tagging Russell Wilson if they could not get a long term extension done with Wilson. If Wilson were out of the picture, they could easily tag Clark again next year. And then it would basically be the same stare-down that Dallas just had with D.Lawrence. Speaking of which, I am pretty sure Clark posted something recognizing Lawrence's deal. So best believed, Clark is going to want $20M+ annually on a new deal with over $60M guaranteed. To have to shell out that kind of money AND throw bigtime draft compensation at Seattle to get him makes very little sense and is highly unlikely. If Wilson is not moved and Seattle has to tag him and Clark is a FA next off-season, then I could maybe see the Colts making a move for him then when he wouldn't cost draft capital. That said, if Clark ever hit the open market, he would break the bank with tons of suitors. And when that time came, The Colts would set "our price" and not go beyond it and would almost assuredly be out-bid by some other desperate team that significantly overpaid. So while I would adore getting Clark, I think this is a bit of a dream and not reality. Best bet has been and always will be to draft someone and develop them and hope they become the next Clark-type guy Just my two cents.
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