It’s not a need...but they also don’t need to pay Walker long-term...especially this offseason.
Leonard is a star...he would compliment anyone. And Okereke has flashed enough to see if he can be that guy.
You say people undervalue Walker...but then say he won’t break the bank. If he as undervalued as you claim...then he won’t be cheap. I would gladly keep him if that were the case...but I bet he will want at least $10M/year...given what other ILB contracts have looked like.
I get it...people love Walker. But IMO...he’s a solid-good run defender who has limitations in pass coverage...someone that could be improved upon...and not worth a big second contract. We will see what Ballard does.
Not sure how CB can make this statement with a straight face? When you preach competition, and continue putting players on the field that are costing the team win's, I would imagine that has a negative effect on the locker room culture.
It's called a team sport for a reason, it takes 53 guys on team, 11 on each side of the ball plus the ST units to do their job's. I'm certainly not suggesting we are a SB team, but we have some really good, young players on this team, and I think if CB would have made some moves earlier, we could have ended the season on a more positive note.
On a final note, CB has always preached doing things the right way, bringing in the right players and now he says we need some friction in the locker room? I agree, but you are not going to draft those type of players, that comes from signing some FA's that have experience and have earned a reputation for being a hard nosed, respected player.