If the FO really wanted to tear this thing down and tank this year, they could have
Restructured Budda's contract if they plan on keeping him or trade him if they don't
Not re-signed Zeke Turner
Signed a rookie kicker instead of Prater
Signed an UDFA WR instead of signing Paschal
Not given Will Hernandez a 4x raise and play Smith or Hayes at RG
Not re-signed Beachum and play Jones at RT
Lowered their asking price for Hopkins like the Rams did with Ramsey
Not signed Kyzir White
That would give them enough space to cut Conner and absorb the cap hits of Hudson and Watt this year while allowing them to sign minimum priced replacements. Ertz could then be dealt with when he returns from injury. It's not what I would want to happen, but it could have been done.
Now will you please stop making the same post about Conner and Ertz dozens of times? It is derailing a bunch of threads. Thank you.
Lot's of nonsense in here so let's get to it. There seems to be an underlying these here that we could not sign cheap vets and just sign UDFA's instead. We only have 62 guys right now. We already need 28 more.
Restructure Budda how? He's already earning $17m this year and $18m next year and then he's FA. He's got no G's left. How do you restructure that and to what aim?
Leki Fotu saves $1m. Costs $1m to replace. Why?
Why not signed Zeke Turner? He on a vet min deal. He's very good on ST's. You don't sign him you need someone else on the same money.
Rookie kickers suck. He's on a 2 year deal and they want to make a push in 2024.
Pascal is on a cheap deal. Again for 2 years. They want depth in 2024.
Hernandez's deal is good value. He's on a 3 year deal and they need players after 2023.
Jones might play RT. Beachum's deal is good value and he's a great swing backup at worst. Again, 2 year deal so we have depth in 2024.
There are MONTH's remaining to move Hopkins. Why does everything have to be done in week 1 of FA? Why rush and take less when there is no need to rush? You will get better value at the trade deadline.
Again, Kyzir White is good value. It's a 2 year deal. They need players that know the scheme and another starting LB for 4-3.
The only fair point you have is Dennis Gardeck and I expect him to get cut post draft. Probably post camp. It's why they brought guys in like Josh Woods on vet min deals. To try to replace him. But they want to see them in camp first.
There's only so much money you can carry over. "Tearing it down" isn't putting out a team of UDFA's and scrubs so you need a whole new 53 in 2024. They are trying to get some key starters at good value like Hernandez and White while adding some better depth like Pascal, Froholdt etc. Baring any major moves they will likely have $100m+ cap space in 2024 which is more than enough. I doubt they will spend that so why not sign these players this year?
As I've explained a hundred times cutting Conner and Ertz makes zero difference to next years cap. The June 1st designations make zero difference to next years cap.
I'll stop mentioning it when people who have no clue keep bringing it up as if it's a realistic thing that should happen.