PART 1: Who are our top 5 *overpaid* Just-A-Guy players and their cap hit, *overpaid* for what we are getting?
PART 2: (Optional) With the cap money allocated to your top 5, we "coulda had" what combo of players instead that would help the team more? Say, players available during July?
I don't really have a list; interested in seeing everyone else's. Some mention TE's Greg Olsen, Hollister; I've defended those payouts, and they've produced thus far. Here's the salary info I know about:
Fade wrote:olyfan63 wrote:Fade wrote:The thing is Seattle has had a ton of resources, to build around Russ.
They just keep misfiring in both the draft and Free Agency. An extra $30M in cap space wouldn't make a difference, they would just sign more JAGs.
--snipped out mention of drug-impaired posters (not Fade) suggesting trading Russell for picks and players--
On a positive note, they spent $60M on JAGs this off-season, but a lot of those guys will be coming off of the books, or cut for cap savings, and they will have a lot of money again next off-season to take another crack at it.
All it will take is 1 decent Free Agency class, and a draft where they hit on 3 players, and they can be a juggernaut again. In the meantime they will just have to settle with being legit contenders every year with #3 leading the charge.
--snipped appreciation for Fade's posts and for our 2020 draft class showing thus far--
Just one quibble:
This year, with all the injuries, it's just as likely to be the JAGs that make all the difference. Pete & Co choosing JAGs wisely, coaching them up excellently, and underpaying them relative to their production, to have amazing overall depth and quality--now THAT is "Pete Ball", at least as Pete himself no doubt intends it.
Yes, it absolutely is a problem if we spend $5M or $8M on a crappy JAG; Luke Joeckl, anyone? Or Sheldon-whatever we who we traded a high pick for, to get a one year rental, IIRC?
--snip of praising some of our cheap JAGs who have made game-deciding plays in 2020--
--snip of complaining about past NEAGs (NOT EVEN A Guy) we trotted out under Ruskell/Holmgren--
To make the playoffs and do any damage there, we're gonna need some big games from JAGs who aren't even on the team yet, DTs and such. In Carroll's system, JAG is generally a guy who is a competent NFL player, and playing within their strengths, relative to Carroll's system. We are freakin loaded with JAGs. But any given game, any one of them could be the JAG who makes the game-deciding play.
JAGs are not a problem as long as you're not paying them. Every team has a lot of JAGs. And that is the point, their supply outweighs the demand, so it makes no sense to pay JAGs as they grow on trees. It is better to bring in lower cost JAGs (Vet Min, Rookie wage scale), and use the extra money to sign an impact player. Would you trade 4 overpaid Jags on the roster for an impact pass rusher in Free Agency that can really help over the next 3 years? I would.
Yeah, if they hit on Swain, Robinson, & Taylor. And their upcoming UFA class is good (Featuring an OT). They will be in business. Too early to tell though.