Is Justin Smith worthy of franchise tag-type money? I don't think he is.
-LTlabnerIf you can't build a winning team with that core a fire-sale isn't the solution. Selling the franchise, moving them to Nashville and converting GABP into a used car lot is.
The problem with Justin Smith is that he totally lacks any kind of consistency. People praise him for his "high motor." Sometimes he has great games because of it. However, more often than not it results in him overpursuing the RB on a running play or being easily guided past the QB by the OL on a pass play. Great one game, disappears the next two. Smith is not a franchise player, but he's one of those guys who puts up a couple of great games and causes some people to think he has the potential to be great. Unfortunately, he's been in the league long enough now for us to know that he is what he is. If he's a leader of this D on the field, then he's not a very good one, because the D stinks. The game would have been a blowout in favor of the Browns if Derek Anderson hadn't made a number of ill-advised throws.
Burn down the disco. Hang the blessed DJ. Because the music that he constantly plays, it says nothing to me about my life.
Justin Smith will not be a Bengal next year, and I'm completely fine with that. I would LOVE to see the Bengals make a run at signing Albert Haynsworth, Jared Allen, Lance Briggs or Terrell Suggs. If they signed any of those four I would be more than happy.
Then, I would like to see the Bengals draft Chris Long, Sedrick Ellis, Vernon Gholston, or James Laurinaitis. Of couse I would love to see Glenn Dorsey, but that's not going to happen.
Gholston would be so awesome. The whole damn front seven needs an overhaul.
And you're crazy if you think the Bengals are going to overpay for a free agent to come to Cincinnati...
Exactly....this is the Bengals front office we are talking about....they would rather re-sign average players beacuse they known them...then take a chance and pay for FA who can be and most likely would be better than the player they have.
Basically they would have no problem re-signing Smith even if the Dutchman DE from TENN was a FA and available for the same price being paid Smith now.
I think they should call Coy bacon and Eddie Edwards out of retirement......they have a better chance of doing that then signing an actual FA of value.
Bob Sanders has been injury prone his whole career.
My feeling is the pick is going to be Sedrick Ellis. Laurianitis is not going to get past New England and McFadden will likely go before the Pats pick.
I do think Terrell Suggs would be an interesting fit, and with the Marvin connection, it could be a possibility.
Sources: Sanders signs for five years, $37.5 million
By Chris Mortensen
Indianapolis Colts safety Bob Sanders has signed a five-year, $37.5 million contract with the Colts that includes $20 million in guaranteed money, according to NFL sources.
The contract makes Sanders the highest-paid safety in the NFL.
Sanders, whose playoff performance sparked the Colts on their run to a Super Bowl victory last season, would have been an unrestricted free agent after this season.
Chris Mortensen covers the NFL for ESPN.