rawaction wrote:gflore34 wrote:Saw a piece written in a negative Bears light about soon to be FA's being tagged by their prospective franchises. Payne is most likely one of those players who'll be tagged, no matter what that dumbass wrote, Payne wasn't the end all be all for the Bears. Given the Bears needs it still should not be too difficult to improve their pass rush via free agency. Not all of the young players are going to be tagged and any one of them will be vast improvement over what the Bears had last season. I'd like to see if Poles and company will be able to identify free agents who are about to bust out and become high impact players.
Despite the tons of money the Bears have to spend, I still expect them to look for value in free agency. That's not to say they will bargain shop like last year. I explained this somewhere else, but my example is this.
Da'Ron Payne, he's probably going to get 22Mil AAV on the open market. 2nd highest paid DT makes 21AAV, so I'd guess at 25, he gets a touch more. But as long as Aaron Donald is around, he'll be the 2nd highest paid DT and the best case scenario is his play is that of the 2nd best DT in the league. And based on his salary (and others right below him) we know that level of DT play is worth about 20-22Mil per year. Basically, there's 0 chance he provides surplus value over his cost because you're already paying him tops at his position.
A guy like Dre'Mont Jones from Denver, may cost like 15Mil/year, but he could give you top 10-15 DT level play on the field, which may be worth like 16-18Mil, so essentially you could get a surplus in value because there is a chance (no matter how slight) that he outperforms his salary in any given year.
So, I still think Poles will spend a bunch of money (again he has to). But I do think he will be smart about it. He will look for ascending players, who are still young, potentially improving, and have been successful in smaller roles. And honestly, this is how all teams should look at adding in free agency, if they aren't surely one of the top 5 contenders missing singular pieces here and there.
I understand your point and agree to an extent but not totally. If there's a player that is 30 but they play a pivotal position like 3T, there's still potential there for a transformative addition and a player that will make all the ancillary pieces better. Add them whenever they are available, I say.
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