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SKINSnCANES 04-13-2004 02:52 PM

Brandon Winey as a starter
 
Assuming Samuels doesnt rework his contract, which seems like it may be the case, and since he has so much trade value, what do you guys think about getting a first round pick for Sameuls, getting the cap room to mabye pick up some other post June 1st free agents, and startign Winey.

It seems like a huge downgrade on paper but when I watched him last year he played well. He stepped in for Samuels and in my opinion played better. The QB had much better protection when he was playing.

Mabye this was because the blockign patterns were changed at the end, but still, he did his job when Samuels didnt.

What do you guys think.

SkinsRock 04-13-2004 02:59 PM

Winey is a good player and did what a back up should do, he came in and there wasn't a drop-off. Even though Samuels hasn't played like it the past year or two, due to the Spurrier/Helton no-protection passing scheme, he is a pro bowl caliber player....Winey isn't. They just need to find a way to get it done.

SKINSnCANES 04-13-2004 03:02 PM

Well if Brunell starts then Winey playing as left tackle isnt the blindside tackle. Which puts the bigger job on Jansens shoulders, who is a solid enough tackle to handle that. I dont want to see Samuels leave but I dont think we would be as devistated as most people think.

Phinehas 04-13-2004 04:33 PM

A recent Washington Times piece said that Samuels was willing to try to restructure his contract any way he could to help make his cap numbers more manageable, but that he just didn't want to sign an extension yet with two years left on his current contract. Not being a cap expert like some (Canucks) around here, I'm not sure what kind of restructuring can be done without extending the contract, but I have to say that the article made Samuels look quite decent and reasonable, even indicating he might be willing to sign an extension next year.

--Phin

Defensewins 04-13-2004 04:49 PM

Next year is to late, we need cap relief this year. I don't blame this on Samules, it is really Snyder and Cerrato's fault for mismanaging our cap. But Samules is not playing up to his $8M salary cap number that he is going to count this year.
Since Brunnell is a lefty, we should seriously consider shipping Samuels out for a mid to high 1st round draft pick and start Winey. But not give up the #5 pick! It would be stupid to give Samuels and the #5 pick for the #2 pick.
Another point in considering Winey... in Gibbs first year as coach in 1981 or 1982, he started an undrafted rookie Joe Jacoby and Bugel molded him into a Hall of Famer. Winey at least already has a couple of starts under his bealt, where as Jacoby was an undrafted rookie..

CrazyCanuck 04-13-2004 04:55 PM

The only type of restructuring that would help would be an extension.

I don't understand Samuels logic. He says he won't restructure now, but might do so next year?

Let's fast forward to one year from now:

Samuels's 2005 cap hit will be $9.6M. His salary for 2005 will be $6M.

If he has a good year in 2004, he will be in the driver's seat and will be able to demand more from the Skins in any extension. Plus he'll know that if the Skins cut him he can find a good offer elsewhere, probably with a nice signing bonus.

If he has a bad year in 2004, then he will likely not want to restructure either since he'll be due $6M in salary in 2005, and any restructure or new deal would probably want to pay him less.

So I don't really see his logic when he says he might restructure next year. He might be trying look better in the public's eyes.

CrazyCanuck 04-13-2004 04:59 PM

So the way I see it, Samuels either restructures now or he's gone for sure in 2005.

If he's gone for sure in 2005, then we should definitely look to unload him now for a high draft pick.

SKINSnCANES 04-13-2004 05:34 PM

He said he would redo his deal but didnt want an extension. Does that mean he will take a new, two year contract and pay cut? So he only wants a two year deal for less money. Is a player acutally admitting hes overpaid?

SKINSnCANES 04-13-2004 05:34 PM

The other thign to keep in mind that I dont know much about Winey is his run blocking. We've got a great back that would benefit from a great oline

joecrisp 04-13-2004 05:38 PM

Excellent points, Canuck.

I'm okay with dealing Samuels before the draft-- I just don't want to see him packaged with the #5 pick. The Skins have more leverage and value with that pick than with any player they might consider trading away. If they deal Samuels for more players or picks (preferably mid-first round at minimum for one pick), while retaining their #5 pick, that would be fine.
Don't get me wrong; it's not going to be easy to replace Samuels. I really believe he's going to return to Pro Bowl form under Bugel's guidance. But if he's not willing to restructure now, then the time to deal him is now.

Duffman003 04-13-2004 05:44 PM

Theres no way we would get a first round for samuels the way he our quarterbacks have been getting killed. He has not done well under the spurrier regime with offsides and sub par blocking. I would be surprised to get a second for him, but I would rather keep Samuels and let bugel at him.

SmootSmack 04-13-2004 05:51 PM

[QUOTE=joecrisp]Excellent points, Canuck.

I'm okay with dealing Samuels before the draft-- I just don't want to see him packaged with the #5 pick. The Skins have more leverage and value with that pick than with any player they might consider trading away. If they deal Samuels for more players or picks (preferably mid-first round at minimum for one pick), while retaining their #5 pick, that would be fine.
Don't get me wrong; it's not going to be easy to replace Samuels. I really believe he's going to return to Pro Bowl form under Bugel's guidance. But if he's not willing to restructure now, then the time to deal him is now.[/QUOTE]

I think Crisp pretty much hits the nail on the head here. But I don't think we should be jumping on the Winey bandwagon just yet. He's a solid player but I can't see him being better than a healthy Samuels. I think it's important to remember that Winey joined the lineup right around the time Dockery was starting to find his groove. Samuels had to help compensate for a lot of Dockery's early rookie mistakes.

Carnage 04-13-2004 06:00 PM

He was the third overall pick, why are we surprised at these numbers? Even if we think he didin't earn every dollar last season, dumping him for anything less than the third overall pick is insanity. Just be glad he is not Courtney Brown.

SKINSnCANES 04-13-2004 06:13 PM

I think under Bugel our whole line will take a step up. Our guard next to Samuels/Winey is going to be suspect anyways. Either Fiore is going to give this another go around or we go with Dockery again. I sure hope Dockery did a lot of work this offseason becasue he lost some games for us. I think he should just take a paycut, leave the deal at two years and let him have a chance to prove himself. If i was him i wouldnt want a longterm deal becuase he should be able to play at a higher level and should want to prove that to get the big dollars again.


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