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Old 03-07-2005, 10:17 PM   #1
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Just Curious, who do you guys think we are gonna let go (if anyone) at the Center position now that we have Rabauch. With the salary cap position we are in, I say we let Raymer go (and save 800k this year) and keep Freidman. Releasing Lenny would only save 700k this year, and he is more versatile than Raymer as far as being a backup.

Also, with the money we will save by trading Gardner (about 1.5mil), how much will we be under the salary cap given what we know now. Realistically, don't we have enough money to sweeten our deal with Smoot at least a little. I know that a lot of people may not think that Smoot is worth the money, or that we will be OK without him, but why should we allow a great defense to be broken up anymore than it has to be. Pierce is gone. Nothing we can do about that now. But if we keep Smoot, the defense is, in large part, the same defense next year. And, I don't know how many of you agree with me on this, but in my opinion Smoot is the heart and soul of the defense. Arrington is a star and a beast, Washington is both brainy and athletic, and I would run like hell the other direction if I saw Sean Taylor coming my way. But I tell you, every time I see Smoot lay a shoulder into someone, it gets by blood pumping. Smoot started out a cover guy, but now he is an inspiring force. He plays tough every play, and his personality and showmanship make him seem to me like the second coming of Darrell Green (NOTE: I AM NOT COMPARING THEIR TALENT LEVELS).

P.S. I just read that Smoot's agent's last name is COOKE. Come on, if thats not a sign he should stay a Skin for life, what is?
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Old 03-07-2005, 11:02 PM   #2
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Re: Center Position

Let both Raymer and Freidman go - worse comes to worse we'll toss Ethan Albright in there!
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Old 03-08-2005, 12:03 AM   #3
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Ethan is only a long snapper, and is more of a TE, than a C.

Let them battle it out in camp unless we need that extra 700K to secure a major need(Maybe Smoot, Maybe something else.)
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Does that mean we'll try a couple shotgun formations?!
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Old 03-08-2005, 07:58 AM   #5
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lenny had trouble getting the ball snapped to ramsey, sso for that alone, he'd be my choice.
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Old 03-08-2005, 10:10 AM   #6
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Re: Center Position

Raymer is older and only plays center, but is a "Gibbs-type guy". Friedman can play C or G, but had trouble with the exchange.
If things go the way they should, Rabach will be starting all year, so to me, keeping the more "utility" player, Friedman makes more sense. Buges can work with him with the C-QB exchange issues.
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Old 03-08-2005, 10:24 AM   #7
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I say cut em both and draft a C in the later rounds....
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no reason to cut both of them and take a cap hit when either one would be a serviceable backup. let them battle it out in camp. Freidman seems more valuable though.
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Old 03-08-2005, 10:33 AM   #9
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Releasing both wouldn't equal a cap hit, it would equal a savings of about 1.5 mil. That might be a good idea since we seem to have enough utility guys and could draft one or two more late in the draft.
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Old 03-08-2005, 10:48 AM   #10
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Releasing both wouldn't equal a cap hit, it would equal a savings of about 1.5 mil. That might be a good idea since we seem to have enough utility guys and could draft one or two more late in the draft.
But do you want your back-up center to be a rookie? I don't think so. Injuries can happen any time, and I can't see Gibbs taking that kind of risk.
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Old 03-08-2005, 10:50 AM   #11
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SkinsRock you bring up a good point. Maybe we just let go of one of them.......
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I see Raymer coming back, Friedman getting the axe
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