WrigleyField 22 wrote:How do you figure a 3 year core for this group? 9 main contributors who have to be re-upped or replaced the next two offseasons, and not a ton of money or draft capital to do it. I think this is much more a 2 year window, and even that is going to require crafting work at the edges of the roster next year. This is only a 3 year window if Trubisky becomes a total stud.
FA by year;
*Bobby Massie RT CHI UFA - Re-signable for cheap. Replaceable for cheaper. Could use a mid-round pick.
Kevin White WR CHI UFA - 2 plays last week, Wims already in house to replace
Aaron Lynch DE CHI UFA - distant 3rd pass rusher. Acho, Irving, Fitts can easily replace
*Bryce Callahan CB CHI UFA - he's really good. will be tough to replace. Could get expensive.
Josh Bellamy WR CHI UFA - who cares?
Pat O'Donnell P CHI UFA - Punter, re-sign cheap. Sign UDFA cheaper
Marcus Cooper CB CHI UFA - who cares?
*Eric Kush G CHI UFA - Daniels just waiting his time.
Benny Cunningham RB CHI UFA - who cares?
Zach Miller TE CHI UFA - deceased
Nick Williams DE CHI UFA - who cares?
Patrick Scales LS CHI RFA - again, who cares?
*Adrian Amos FS CHI UFA - will be tough to replace, maybe Bush for a year, maybe cheap FA, maybe another midround pick like and Jackson were
Michael Burton FB CHI UFA - who cares?
DeAndre Houston-Carson S CHI RFA - cheap re-sign, if not, who cares?
*Roy Robertson-Harris DE CHI RFA - cheap re-sign if they get it done this offseason. Not UFA until 2020
Ben Braunecker TE CHI RFA - who cares? 5th TE
Rashaad Coward G CHI ERFA - cheap, not a UFA until 2021
Isaiah Irving OLB CHI ERFA - cheap, not a UFA until 2021
*Danny Trevathan ILB CHI UFA - great on Monday. Replacement may be on the roster with Iyejbuniwe
Dion Sims TE CHI UFA - LOL
Chase Daniel QB CHI UFA - backup QB, who cares?
Sam Acho OLB CHI UFA - Backup, either returns cheap or rides off quietly into the sunset, who cares?
Sherrick McManis CB CHI UFA - special teamer, replaceable
Bradley Sowell LT CHI UFA - who cares?
*Cody Whitehair C CHI UFA - probably look to re-sign him long-term next September
*Jonathan Bullard DE CHI UFA - replacement on roster already in Nichols
Nick Kwiatkoski ILB CHI UFA - backup, replacement could be on roster with Iyejbuniwe, could be cheap to bring back for depth
Deon Bush S CHI UFA - backup, could be cheap re-sign if he starts and is decent in 2019
*Jordan Howard RB CHI UFA - RBs are replaceable. Love Howard, but not paying him real money to stay. Mid round draft pick in 2 years would be sufficient
Far as I'm concerned, re-sign Whitehair and then see what happens with Amos/Callahan and Howard. Obviously all the bottom of the roster guys are all replaceable by similar late round picks, UDFAs, or sub $1M free agents.
Figure you can spend the little cap space in 2019 on replacing/resigning 1 of Massie, Callahan, or Amos. Probably use the 2nd round pick on 1 of the other positions, and a 3rd day pick on the other. Coward, Toliver and Bush should at least be able to compete to fill the voids, respectively.
Not too worried about 2020. The cap increases should give them plenty of space to re-sign whoever they reasonably want. And they have the 2 2's,one of which should be pretty high as I don't imagine the Raiders will be any good next year either. That's conceivably 2 starters they should be able to add.
But even if they lose every FA listed above (they won't), going into year 3, they'd still have:
RB- very involved #2
WR- top 3 + Wims
TE- top 2 (healthy Shaheen)
OL- LT, Kyle Long's corpse, Daniels, Coward
DL- Hicks, Goldman, Nichols
OLB- Mack, Floyd (5th year option), Irving, Fitts
ILB- Smith, Iyejibuniwe
CB- both starters, Toliver
S- starting FS
And while they don't have any premium picks, they will have 4 top 90 picks in the next 2 years (potential starters/key contributors) to add starters at RB, 1/2 OL spot, and a SS. Everything else needed is a projected backup if everything else works out. The only fear I have is when disaster inevitably strikes with injury or current draft picks busting.