What's crackin kids? I just had some thoughts about free agency, and the upcoming draft. If you've participated in Styg's (Jeremy Bolander) recent post, then you might have already read my idea. Here it goes. Just hear me out.
Next year there is no more salary cap. This might sound like a good thing, but it's really not bad OR good. Not yet anyways. It means that teams are likely to be clamping down on how much they are paying players over the next few years. This is another reason why most players are hoping to get new deals before the end of the year as well. This fares well for some players, but not so well for others.
Currently, the highest paid player on the team is Champ Bailey--by a LARGE margin. I couldn't find any exact numbers, but maybe MHR's Girl could find them again. I know she's done some stuff regarding salaries, so she must know better where to look for that stuff. Anyways, if I were the GM, here's how I would work deals out at the end of this year.
1. Trade Champ. This is the classic New England way. You wait until a player is red hot, and when he is, trade him for a lot of draft picks in the second round on. So far this year, Champ's been very solid, and if more quarterbacks feel like testing him, his INT's will rise, and if he makes it to the Pro Bowl again, his stock is even higher. There's too many teams looking for a "shutdown corner" and they would pay dearly for it. Trade him for a 1st and a 3rd in the 2010 draft. I can think of a few teams that would do that deal in a second. All of a sudden, you've got a lot of free room in the pocketbook. He's in his 11th year right now, so he is in prime position to get paid a hell of a lot of money from a team that wants to keep him around for the rest of his football life. Good for him, good for us. Besides, I like Andre Goodman and Alphonso Smith in the CB spots in that case.
2. Resign Doom, Marshall and Orton to good deals. Don't dump the farm on any of them, but give them good enough deals to keep them around for the next 4 or 5 years. With the freed up money you get from trading Bailey, it doesn't seem so hard to make all 3 deals happen.
3. Draft day, keep one of your first rounders (preferably the higher one), and trade the other for a 2nd and a third. There is going to be some team desperate enough and willing to reach (looking at you Oakland, SD and Dallas). Make a deal, do a little of this and a little of that. All of a sudden, instead of having 6 picks in a VERY deep draft, you've got 9, with only one in the first round. You could use your newly acquired picks to really shore up on some needs, like O line and others.
I'm not a guru for this stuff, so forgive me if some things don't line up right away. I'm just trying to feel out the rest of MHR to see if you'd be willing to part with Champ.