It has to be odd signing FAs now, since teams aren't allowed to work them out. I guess one would hope that these guys have been keeping themselves in shape throughout the offseason, but it'd still be nice to be able to work them out before signing them.
Safety now is, IMO, the team's biggest concern. I think we're fine w/ Hooker and Willis as starters, though Hooker's had injury issues throughout his time in the NFL (and prior). I like Odum, but like him more as a STer than a guy we have to rely on being a starter for an extended time if one of our top 2 go down. Then Blackmon is still on the injured list, and I don't expect him to be full strength to the middle of the season (if not later). The UDFA, Rutledge, was a playmaker but from a small school and went undrafted for a reason, so I'm not too sure that we should expect anything out of him in terms of being reliable if he had to play a lot of minutes.
Geathers is still a FA and I know Ballard really seemed to like him. I'm wondering if him not being signed or brought up in discussion is a health issue (i.e., can't pass a physical), a major health concern (given his injury history), demanding too much $, or if the team has simply moved on from him.
Personally, I like the fact we're looking at Tavon Wilson, he's a former 2nd round draft pick who had his best NFL year last season, starting 13 games in Detroit and recording 98 tackles, 2 fumble recovers and 5 passes defended.
R u counting the # of times an offensive linemen or tight end locks on him and drives him 10 yards down the field? I know I am being a smart ... and I apologize. Our linebacking core is light and there is no getting around that. Opposing te's are bigger than out lb core. It is the weakness of this D philosophy. The lbers in this D tend to b drafted on their ability to defend the pass. Okereke looks like a stud against the pass. However, he like Leonard, is basically a safety playing lber. Just my opinion.