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24 Jul 2011
The NFL Lockout (looks like it) is finally over! What should be the first priority for every general manager in the NFL when the league year begins?
Posted by: Brian McIntyre on 24 Jul 2011
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26 Jul 2011, 7:31am by
Texans: sign a veteran CB followed quickly by signing a veteran safety
Opening the doors to the team's workout facilities.
And making sure the supply cabinet is well-stocked with those stickers that say, "Hello, my name is." Those should come in handy with all the new players joining each team.
If teams with new coaches were smart, they got playbooks into the hands of players while the lockout was briefly lifted a while back. Those teams need to hit the field ready to knock off the rust and get to working the systems.
Stables teams are going to have a greater advantage early in the season since most of the players are comfortable in the system. Any team with coaching changes that affect play calling are going to be boned.
There's no way the Saints let Bushrod get away. And Bush's contract almost certainly makes him untradeable; he'd have to be cut.
Agreed. #1, iirc, Bushrod was working out with the team in NOLA for their OBA's (organized Brees' activities). All signs point to him re-signing in NO (hopefully the dollar signs do also :) ) #2--I'd say Ivory is the one on shaky ground--he had fumbling issues and injury problems. #3--With regard to Bush, his (and/or his agent's) contract restructuring ideas better be similar to GM Loomis' ideas, or he may be out of a job. While there will be teams that will sign him, he will prob. get more $$ from the Saints than anyone else. #4--Lynell Hamilton is the one who better have his agent looking for a new team. He is at best 4th on the depth chart, and on my personal one, he is 5th behind Bush, Ingram, Ivory, and Thomas (in no particular order).
You think Bushrod is more of a priority than Carl Nicks or Jonathan Goodwin? Probably depends on where Charles Brown is in his development, but I'd rather re-sign both the interior guys.
Resigning Doug Free is likely to be the Cowboys first order of business, as he plays a much more important position than Michael Huff. Also I think Free is a better player than Bushrod, and the best OLT on the market, so he looks to be in demand.
Apparently the Bears will not keep Brad Maynard. Which is surprising to me.
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Offensive line problems highlight the needs in the NFC North ... except in Chicago, which is kind of unsettling to think about.
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