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Old 03-08-2007, 01:38 PM   #1
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Can someone explain to me why we haven't re-signed OL Todd Wade? He filled in very well for Jansen when he went down at one point last season, he knows the system, and isn't likely to break the bank. He got more PT than Pucillo (who we did re-sign) and, at a minimum, should be solid insurance.

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Old 03-08-2007, 01:41 PM   #2
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He's looking for a starting job at right tackle and has generated some interest from a few teams.
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Old 03-08-2007, 01:42 PM   #3
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I'd honestly be weary of signing him to a lengthy extension with very limited experience with him as a player. Sure, he filled in admirably for Jansen that one game, but that's all we've seen of him.

Not only that, he wants to start. Say we do this: we give him a contract, start him at guard or tackle and he blows. Then we have to suck it up and have a malcontent sitting on the bench OR we take the inevitable huge cap hit because no one wants to trade for a crappy player.

If we could maybe sign him for a three year deal that would be reasonable.
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Old 03-08-2007, 01:45 PM   #4
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He wants to start, and I think he wants to start at tackle. We have an opening at guard, but that's probably not his first preference. It's not that we're not interested in retaining him, it's that he doesn't want to play behind Samuels and Jansen.

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Old 03-08-2007, 01:45 PM   #5
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Supposedly the defensive players rave about his play in practice. Of course everyone raved about Taylor Jacobs' play in practice to. How'd that go?
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Old 03-08-2007, 01:46 PM   #6
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I agree, I guess they are waitng til the last minute to pull the plug. Seems like O-lineman are getting cut everyday. Getting him at a low cost would be nice because you know something is brewing with all the late restructuring of contracts.......Welcome Mr. Bly.....................
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I like the fact the market is getting totally saturated with seemingly decent stop-gap replacements at guard.
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Old 03-08-2007, 01:50 PM   #8
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I'm really hoping we can land Mulitalo
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Lazy right now. How old is he? I also like the fact he's played next to Rabach before.
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Old 03-08-2007, 01:53 PM   #10
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I am not suggesting a lengthy or lucrative contract or naming him a starter (although in view of your comment, perhaps not doing those things would make negotiations a non-starter). But he was insurance when we picked him up last year and I see no harm in seeing whether we can replicate that going into '07. In all of the stuff about FA signings, I just hadn't seen any mention of this guy at all.
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I am not suggesting a lengthy or lucrative contract or naming him a starter
Well, in all likelihood that's exactly what he's looking for.
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Old 03-08-2007, 04:01 PM   #12
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I had proposed in another earlier post the idea of resigning Todd Wade with the thought of moving him to guard. Don't know if he can even play the position, but since he's in-house and obviously a pretty good player, I thought maybe the team would consider it, and he would be receptive to the idea. He has extended experience at the tackle position, but there's not a lot of openings for starting tackles right now.
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Old 03-08-2007, 05:25 PM   #13
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I'm wary of some of the vets that we might be able to sign. I'm not opposed to signing 1 or 2 for competition, so long as we draft somebody after we draft a D lineman. Guard is one spot a good rookie can come in & help. We need a guy that is hungry & wants to fit in & be molded by the other guys & the system. With many vets, they'll be coming here for a job to retire on. That's ok, so long as we have stiff competition in camp.

Basically, I think we can't count too much on any of the vets out there.
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Old 03-08-2007, 05:33 PM   #14
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I'm wary of some of the vets that we might be able to sign. I'm not opposed to signing 1 or 2 for competition, so long as we draft somebody after we draft a D lineman. Guard is one spot a good rookie can come in & help. We need a guy that is hungry & wants to fit in & be molded by the other guys & the system. With many vets, they'll be coming here for a job to retire on. That's ok, so long as we have stiff competition in camp.

Basically, I think we can't count too much on any of the vets out there.
Obviously at this point we aren't gonna make a big splash in free agency at the guard position. Giving a guy like Mulitalo a moderate contract and bringing in guys like this Ross Tucker fella is the right way to proceed. That being said, I still think we are going to use the draft in part for O-line regardless of what the rest of free agency brings.

I think we CAN count on vets for 1-2 seasons, but our entire line, including starters, is gonna start aging sooner rather than later, so the future is paramount, and the draft is certainly the best way to build. I think our FO may be finally realizing this now.
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Obviously at this point we aren't gonna make a big splash in free agency at the guard position. Giving a guy like Mulitalo a moderate contract and bringing in guys like this Ross Tucker fella is the right way to proceed. That being said, I still think we are going to use the draft in part for O-line regardless of what the rest of free agency brings.

I think we CAN count on vets for 1-2 seasons, but our entire line, including starters, is gonna start aging sooner rather than later, so the future is paramount, and the draft is certainly the best way to build. I think our FO may be finally realizing this now.
I agree with bringing in Mulitalo and one or two others but in our current situation it looks like our only 1st day pick is going to D-line, apart from that we probably won't get anything else, other than depth or practice squad/Europa players. Although with Bugel here there is always hope for a diamond in the rough.

We do need to build for the future and we do have an old o-line, what are the chances if we pick up a couple more good draft picks this year that we use them on the o-line?
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