Well, a 7-9 season isn't what we wanted. But, accounting for losing your starting QB in the 7th game of the season, it wasn't a complete loss. We saw what we have with the young players on the Rams. Zac Stacy, Tavon Austin, Alec Ogletree, Janoris Jenkins, Trumaine Johnson, Rodger Saffold, Michael Brockers, Stedman Bailey, Brian Quick, and TJ McDonald all played well and/or improved since last year. This made me happy. The future is near with this team. Very near. I'm excited to see us grow another offseason and come back in 2014 with vengeance.
Saffold, Chris Williams, JoLonn Dunbar, and Darian Stewart are our key free agents. Personally, i feel like tat isn't a dreadful loss. But, I will explain what I think is best for later.
In an article I read today, Les Snead is open to trading the #2 overall pick acquired by the Redskins via the 2012 trade. We're not in the running for a starting QB and that is probably a good thing. Not accounting the load of money in Sam Bradford's contract, he is a leader on this team and is loved by Snead and Fisher. So, assuming we do trade the #2 pick, and how many times we do, building around what we already have, while solidifying a broken (unfortunately) O-line is where we'll have to go.
Before the Draft
I don't see us signing any big name free agents this year. We did that the past two years and I feel the focus will be on our in-house players and the players selected in the draft. Here are my guesses:
Cuts: Kendall Langford DT and Harvey Dahl G - the reason for these are simple: money. I do like these two very much and love the intensity they play with, but, the money spent for these two position is too much and we can replace them for much less via the draft and in-house options.
Resigns Rodger Saffold OL - although he does get hurt frequently, he's a vital part of our offensive line... particularly LG. If we keep Saffold, it creates more depth as, with Jake Long's knee injury, it seems we need. He can play 4 spots along the line and do it with much effectiveness.
There are only 3 names here, I know, but predicting the smaller contracts and younger players are a little irrelevant for this article.
During the Draft
Trades are what has made this team. I feel that we should continue this way for one reason: this draft is heavy with talent on the offensive line and thin at QB and elite talent which will cause salivating teams to jump ahead.
#2 - Trade with CLE for #4 and #26 overall
The Indy pick in the latter of the 1st round is becoming less and less like a 1st round pick as long as they win, but, it will let us take it from them and choose a player that has fallen and can help.
#4 - Trade with NYG for #12 and #46 overall
#12 - CJ Mosley OLB Alabama
#13 - Taylor Lewan OT Michigan
#26 - Stephon Tuitt DT Notre Dame
#46 - David Yankey OG Stanford
#47 - Deone Bucannon SS Washington State
#78 - Anthony Johnson DT Louisiana State
#110 - Aaron Murray QB Georgia
#142 - Carlos Hyde RB Ohio State
#147 - Trade 6th and 7th rounders into the 5th round and select Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB Nebraska