Keys to SK's thinking will be:
Originally Posted by PUTMEIN
(1)What does he do with the current cap space---does it go toward some one-year prove-it deals, one big splash, or does he roll it over to next year?
(2) If the Cards take a QB in the 1st or 2nd, would guess that a veteran option (Stafford or Bradford) would be less. If the Cards pass on a QB in this draft, have to believe that SK is squirreling away his cash/comp draft picks for next year. Focus on a rebuild of the D through this draft and make the Cards an attractive landing spot in 2018.
(3) What does BA do---if his health holds and he has a winning season he might stick for 2018. BA needs a vet QB who knows NFL defenses and how to prepare for games and dig into his playbook. BA is not a coach that can make it happen quickly with a rookie QB especially given the reduced live-action time a #3 (or even a #2) gets through the season. Not too many college QBs are coming into the pro-ranks with the game experience & practice time with BA's style of offense.
You could look at all our FA losses this season as a way to rebuild---instead of trying to hold on to guys and wreak the cap space . . . just let 'em go to greener pastures.
Rollover the cap + stockpile comp picks + rebuild the defense with this year's draft + start our young guys = $$$ and cap space to bid on a young vet (name your favorite, Stafford, Bradford, Cousins)
The bottom line is we have a ton of options next year, which is why i don't want to reach this year. There are four potential first round QBs in next years class and all are more prepared than the kids coming out this year. Add Stafford, Bradford and Cousins to the mix and we have seven quality guys to choose from. I'd stack our defense through this year's draft and take a late flyer on Kaaya, Peterman or Kelly this year. The first two won't ever be more than a backup, but they will replace Stanton on the cheap. (two years from now)
Originally Posted by Dry Heat
Next year, I'd make a run at Cousins, Stafford, or Bradford. If we get one great. If not, and our defense has gets stacked in this years draft, next year, I'd draft two QBs and let Stanton be the insurance while they develop.
We are fortunate to have things set up the way they have. This years class is loaded with defensive talent at positions of need for us. Next years class is loaded at our offense needs. It's rare drafts offer great depth in the areas you need most. Reaching for a QB this year is not in our best interest.
Cousins will go to San Fran the first chance he gets