We have 14 weeks until we pick the first college player chosen in this year’s NFL Draft. If you’re John Dorsey, our new GM, you’ve got a heck of a lot to research and consider until then. Let’s help him out by looking at our free agent priorities for 2013. Following is a list of all our current free agents, divided into three handy categories:
Top Priority: Re-Sign Now!
- Dwayne Bowe, WR: Any NFL offense worth its salt needs two high performing receivers. RIght now, we only have one and I’m just not confident that Jon Baldwin is going to flip the switch. There’s just no justification in letting Bowe go. SIgn the man.
- Dustin Colquitt, P: I wouldn’t have any other punter in the league. Sign him.
- Brandon Albert, LT: This one might be controversial, especially with Luke Joechel from Texas A&M available in the draft. But Albert has become one of the best left tackles in the game, and is a veteran on a pretty young line, especially with Lilja retiring. I think we keep Brandon.
- Edgar Jones, LB: Jones was a stud on kick coverage.
Cheap Dates: Re-Sign at your Leisure!
- Ropati Pitoitua, DE: Pitoitua played great as a backup. I’d keep him.
- Abram Elam, S: After Berry, we have serious gaps in safety, and we always need depth at safety. Elam is fine as a backup, just not as a starter.
- Thomas Gafford, C: Gafford rarely screws up the long snap. He’s a keeper.
- Russ Hochstein, G: Hochstein filled in admirably and is a smart veteran who can play multiple positions. Dude has three Super Bowl rings!
- Brandon Siler, LB: Siler played well as a starter in the last game.
- Shaun Smith, DT: Just for humor alone, let’s keep Dirty Man Smith.
It’s Time To Go: Release Them Now!
- Glenn Dorsey, DE: I think for the size of the contract, we let Dorsey go. He has been decent, but not what we hoped when we drafted him with the fifth overall pick in the 2008 draft. Plus, with the hiring of John Dorsey, we can’t have two Dorseys on the team. Thanks for the memories, Glenn and we wish you well.
- Peyton Hillis, RB: Wow, what a disappointment. See ya.
- Travis Daniels, S: I dare anyone to argue that we should keep Daniels.
- Steve Manieri, TE: What? He’s still on the team?
- Bryan Mattison, C: There are always a few players, each year, whom I read about, and say to myself, you know, I follow this team so religiously, so how come I’ve never heard of this guy?
- Kyle McCarthy, CB: See Mattison, Bryan.
- Jake O’Connell, TE: It’s like Tony Gonzalez cursed our tight end position when he left.
- Brady Quinn, QB: ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.
- Martin Rucker, TE: See O’Connell, Jake.
- Leon WIlliams, LB: See McCarthy, Kyle.
We all know that QB is our number one gap. Based on our free agency situation alone however, we have at least two other major gaps to be put on on GM Dorsey’s pate. At defensive end, with Glenn Dorsey potentially gone and the enigmatic and inconsistent Tyson Jackson, we need a new anchor on the D-line. At safety. Kendrick Lewis just isn’t physical enough and is prone to injury, and Elam is no better than a backup.
John Dorsey has his work cut out for him. Free agency movement may cause big holes at defensive end and safety for us, and we have existing gaps at the QB, wide receiver, guard and cornerback position. Dorsey is known as a scout’s scout. I’m looking forward to how he handles these gaps through the draft and free agency.
Addicts, what do you think are our free agent priorities?!!