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Can the Chiefs afford to keep Houston and Ford?

February 10, 2019 11:44AM
Houston is carrying a 21m number this year and a tag on Ford (a one year wonder in a contract year, no less) would be around 16m. Thats 37m for your 2 edge rusher turned 43DEs...That said, I do think Ford is staying in KC for at least 1 more year.

Do you go for a premium edge guy in the draft/free agency or do you re-sign Fowler and look at more "quality" guys in free agency/draft (like a Jalen Jelks in round 4)? Would you rather see Ogbonnia Okoronkwo before drafting new edge rushers? If the Rams doubled down on their roster / free agents (maybe minus Joyner and Barron) do you think we'd still be good enough for another run?

I've been thinking about this a lot and I have a couple of preferred options.

Both options assume that Suh and Joyner walk and Barron is cut. I agree wholeheartedly with this assumption

Option A

1. Obtain a premier free agent in Clowney or Ford - Both will be expensive but the way Wade builds his defenses, edge pressure is critical. And combining that with Donald will have a synergistic effect. Thus the money spent on the D should reflect that. So there should be no hesitancy to spend money at that position if we find the right guy. I wouldn't sleep on Za'darius Smith from Baltimore.

If Clowney or Ford (who may not fit Spag's new 4/3 D) are not franchised, I would forgo resigning Fowler and spend that money plus a bit more and get a premier pass rusher. Has anyone heard that KC is switching to a 43 for sure? Or are we assuming this on Spags, which makes sense.

2. Draft an edge around the 3rd - If I get a premier pass rusher, that frees up my 1st round pick for BPA. But an edge is still a need.

Obo, the 3rd round draftee, and Ebu will battle to start on the other side.

3. This plan may require some painful trades/cuts such as Brockers. I'd trade him for a 3rd/4th like what we did with Quinn and AO last year. That may be painful, but we've got to solve the edge pressure thing. It's been an issue for 2 years. Brockers underwhelms me in this 34, I have no issues saying goodbye

4. Unfortunately, we probably can't do option A because those guys will be franchise tagged. agreed

Option B

1. Keep Fowler - I think he could be resigned in the $8-9M range which is reasonable.

2. Draft an edge early - If we go with Fowler, who is decent, and don't have a premier pass rusher, I'd use the 1st pick on the best edge guy.

3. No painful cuts/trades required - In this plan we could keep Brockers. I think with cutting Barron, and letting Suh and Joyner walk we could afford to retain our big 3 free agents of Saffold, Fowler, and Littleton without having to sacrifice Brock. Personally, I'd still consider trading Brock if I could get a 3rd and using that money on a vet free agent ILB like Jordan Hicks or a FS like Haha Clinton Dix. I love the idea of Clinton-Dix

4. This option is the most likely because the premier edge defenders will likely not hit free agency. And if we're not getting the top guys, I'd much rather just resign Fowler than take a flyer on some of the other options.I think we are on the same page on this one.

Don't waste your time looking back, you're not going that way. - Ragnar Lothbrok

  What would you do at edge?

Ram_Ruler505February 10, 2019 07:04AM

  I'd kinda like to look for an upgrade over Barry as the....

roman18179February 10, 2019 07:19AM

  Some how they have to upgrade the pass rush

ferragamo79118February 10, 2019 07:26AM

  Would you go for a premium guy?

Ram_Ruler93February 10, 2019 07:41AM

  I'd like to see Barron replaced too

Ram_Ruler97February 10, 2019 07:34AM

  Re: Barron was a mad man the last 5 weeks

Speed_Kills129February 10, 2019 07:38AM

  Agree. But I think I'm ready

Ram_Ruler70February 10, 2019 07:42AM

  Re: understood. Nm

Speed_Kills64February 10, 2019 07:44AM

  Replacing Barron is more imperative IMO

six2stack85February 10, 2019 11:39AM

  LOL...I soooo agree, speed!! LOL

SunTzu_vs_Camus74February 10, 2019 08:27AM

  Re: Barron was a mad man the last 5 weeks--Effort

Steve40February 11, 2019 09:28PM

  Re: resign Fowler, Obo plays...

spagsbacker91February 10, 2019 01:29PM

  informal poll, who or what position do you like at 31

Deadpool62February 10, 2019 01:33PM

  Re: What would you do at edge?

Rams4398February 10, 2019 07:49AM

  Would you prioritize OBO at ebukam's spot?

Ram_Ruler67February 10, 2019 10:11AM

  good question

Deadpool140February 10, 2019 08:25AM

  You've clearly thought of this before

Ram_Ruler87February 10, 2019 10:14AM

  Re: clear line of action

leafnose46February 10, 2019 12:31PM

  Shaq Barrett

LMU9348February 12, 2019 06:31AM

  Barrett and Fowler make us competent on the edge

Ram_Ruler43February 12, 2019 07:00AM

  Re: What would you do at edge?

Classicalwit98February 10, 2019 09:07AM

  Lol not an OBO fan? Nm

Ram_Ruler59February 10, 2019 10:12AM

  Re: What would you do at edge?

dzrams60February 10, 2019 10:57AM

  Can the Chiefs afford to keep Houston and Ford?

Deadpool109February 10, 2019 11:44AM

  Re: Can the Chiefs afford to keep Houston and Ford?

dzrams72February 10, 2019 12:19PM

  Re: Can the Chiefs afford to keep Houston and Ford?

Deadpool80February 10, 2019 01:13PM

  Re: What would you do at edge?

six2stack65February 10, 2019 12:03PM

  I'd rather pour money into the Oline

NewMexicoRam87February 10, 2019 05:19PM

  I want the guy.

alyoshamucci163February 10, 2019 07:19PM

  me too...

LMU9360February 11, 2019 04:22AM

  Re: me too...

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  VIDEO: that Ferguson kid - LATech EDGE rusher!!!

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  Re: VIDEO: that Ferguson kid - LATech EDGE rusher!!!

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