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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

PURSUE YOUNG TALENT

We should target free agents like linebackers Karlos Dansby (Arizona) and Channing Crowder (Miami), and offensive linemen like Jason Brown (Baltimore) and Vernon Carey (Miami). All these guys are fairly young, and are dependable starters who we could sign with cap-friendly contracts. When it comes to the draft we should target one of those top-five, blue-chip tackle prospects or B.J. Raji, the massive defensive tackle from Boston College.

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Posted by: hillb03

PAY, PLAY CURRENT RESERVES

Use the four picks in the following manner: Right tackle, left guard or linebacker, defensive tackle or center and cornerback. Sign some of the young players (Alex Buzbee, Rob Jackson, Chris Wilson) and pay them with money saved from redoing Cornelius Griffin and Jason Taylor's contracts. Then, get 'em on the field. . . . Sign DeAngelo Hall. Tell Carlos Rogers he's a third corner and pay him to cover the slot guy. Draft a young guy to challenge Fred Smoot.

Posted by: MistaMoe

GRAB RAVENS' SCOTT

You have to go to free agency and get guys like (Ravens linebacker) Bart Scott as opposed to a Terrell Suggs. You wait for (Cowboys linebacker) DeMarcus Ware to become available. You draft a defensive end next year. Depending on Carlos Rogers's situation you draft offensive line, cornerback and place kicker this year. Perhaps you sign a good defensive tackle to replace Cornelius Griffin. . . . Preserve the heart of the defense while trying to rebuild the offensive line.

Posted by: periculum

LET VETERANS GO

We can save nearly $20 million by not bringing back most of our aging vets: Marcus Washington, Jason Taylor, Cornelius Griffin. . . . Re-sign DeAngelo Hall. Hope that Shawn Springs will restructure and move him to free safety. If he doesn't agree . . . he's gone. Re-sign all restricted free agents. Sign a new center. . . . Trade down in the draft, from 13th to the late first or early second. Take offensive line or defensive line with first pick.

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