It seems as though we are not very decisive on our offseason plans. It seemed like we were committed to bringing AC back, but the offer must not have showed that commitment. It sounded like the coaches wanted MJ back, we had to have known the type of money he was going to get offered, yet we didn't seem to really commit financially to him either. We still aren't sure about matching Hawks offer sheet. Only two scheduled visits so far. And our name isn't mentioned next to any free agents of high or medium caliber.
We are close to becoming an NFL powerhouse team, consistently a contender, and feared by most teams on our schedule. I am all for being patient.....I knew we would lose MJ and I knew AC was a long shot......but I wanted to see a gameplan being put into place. Last year we slowly put together a strong offseason, but it could have been a lot different if we didn't get Smith before the draft. This year should be a little different. I know we are also attempting to extend some of our core for the future ( which I am all for) and that will determine what we have to spend. However, shouldn't we have one or two of those extensions signed by now? If we value Hawk enough to think about matching Cleveland's offer, why didn't we tender a larger offer to begin with? I know they want Rey back as well, but I'm sure we will have to match an offer from someone else soon.....why let other teams set the tone?
The draft can be tricky......for every Bernard, there is a Kenny irons......for every Zeitler, there is a Kirkpatrick.....I believe in using the draft for the future, but adding a vet center or guard that brings a little hype wouldn't be so bad. McFadden, Talib, Ward would have been great, even if it didn't translate on the field, and was just a symbolic move that showed the the organization is committed to taking a step forward. It seems like we are always adapting to the circumstances of the offseason. I want us to have a plan and aggressively go after it like we have a hunger!