Whoa… Just had an insane offseason idea...probably not even possible with all the new CBA wierdness going on (see below), but, maybe? :P
First, sign Julius Peppers to play opposite of Allen and then trade a huge stack of picks to move up high enough in the draft to grab one of the top two BIG BOYs, Suh or McCoy! Only a top-notch tackle should be Pat’s eventual replacement! ;) Could be, a team like STL needs multiple picks and can't afford a no.1 salary...and is thus more open to flexing the value chart. Then, find a way to upgrade coverage...whether it be by moving back into a late first, early second round value pick or signing a FA upgrade, or, maybe we have him and he just needed a bit more experience (Sapp? A.Allen? Sanford???) But, with Griffin's and Winfield's injuries and our continued weakness vs. the pass, I'd really like to see some top-notch competition for playing time in the secondary. Good Chance, Our vets questioning retirement see these upgrades and can’t help but come back for another round cuz it simply looks like too much fun!! The Brett Favre once again, retires and then unretires after the moves, setting yet another weird record!!! LOL!!! ;D
Impossible you say?? Please consider: We’ll need to pick a high tender for Ray, tops in my book! The guy tore up the playoffs!!! (a 2nd might hold Jackson?) Perhaps, Ray signs a huge contract elsewhere and we get a 1st and 3rd pick in return…combined with our first and third just may be enough to trade all the way up? And, we get to start negotiating contract immediately!
Although, likely way easier to resign Ray, and he is the younger player. He has earned some money, and could be, only just, “realizing his potential.” When you consider our DL’s overall game, they were not only tops in sacks, but 2nd vs. the run…Obviously, a solid unit already, put Pat is considering retirement this year if not, then next! And I love the idea of keeping the Purple People Eaters rocking QB's worlds!!!!! BAAAHWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! :)
Something else I just realized!! An UNcapped year = an Awesome Opportunity to resign our own young guys we know we want to keep, Peterson, Rice, Ray, etc, to early extensions, knowing that what seems big now, will likely end up looking like a lot less later!! ;)
This whole uncapped, last year of the CBA thing apparently has a crap load of changes. In addition to the 2-year increase in experience to be an UN-restricted free agent, there are some pretty major limits on the top eight finishing teams (ie. Vikings) can do in Free Agency.
Here’s some info from a pft link:
"During the Final League Year, the eight clubs that make the Divisional Playoffs in the previous season have additional restrictions that limit their ability to sign unrestricted free agents from other clubs. In general, the four clubs participating in the championship games are limited in the number of free agents that they may sign; the limit is determined by the number of their own free agents signing with other clubs. They cannot sign any UFAs unless one of theirs is signed by another team.
"For the four clubs that lost in the Divisional Playoffs (Doh! Not Vikings), in addition to having the ability to sign free agents based on the number of their own free agents signing with other clubs, they may also sign players based on specific financial parameters. Those four only will be permitted to sign one unrestricted free agent for $5.5 million (estimated) or more in year one of the contract, plus the number of their UFAs who sign with another team. They also can sign any unrestricted free agents for less than $3.7 (estimated) million in year one of the contract with limitations on the per year increases.
"In the case of all final eight teams, the first year salary of UFAs they sign to replace those lost cannot exceed the first year salary of the player lost with limitations on the per year increases."
Translation: The Jets (or Vikings?) can't sign a UFA like Julius Peppers. They don't have any UFAs that will draw big money on the open market, meaning they can't spend big money. The Jets' most prominent UFAs are FB Tony Richardson, TE Ben Hartsock, DE Marques Douglas and PK Jay Feely.
For example: If Feely signs a one-year deal with the Giants for $2 million, the Jets can go out and get a UFA for no more than $2 million in the first year.
The "Final Eight Rule" doesn't apply to players that get cut. For example: If the Patriots cut LB Adalius Thomas, the Jets can sign him for as much as they want. I have a feeling the pool of released players will have more intriguing names than usual. With no salary cap, teams can dump big-money players without having to worry about cap ramifications
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/jets/2010/01/jets-face-severe-restrictions.html#ixzz0eDcHQgvP
Hmmm, here’s where Chester Taylor getting a nice FAT contract elsewhere could actually help us!?!?!? How About that Tony Richardson fella? He's only been on the top rushing team how many seasons!!?!??!?