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Posted by blueslover on 2/16 at 11:20 amgood review at PFF
2012 Grade: +1.5
2012 Snaps: 1,130
Summary: Season 2012 was not the year for Bushrod, or the Saints, that 2011 was. A year removed from being among our Top 15 tackles, Bushrod got off to a slow start and, after a midseason resurgence, didn’t finish the season well either. For a player whose greatest weakness in his tenure as a starter has been consistency that isn’t a good thing and he didn’t grade positively after the Saints’ Week 11 victory in Oakland.
To his credit, though, Bushrod has made big and clear strides from some of the abject performances that were common place in his first two seasons as a starter for the Saints in 2009 and 2010. Investing Pro Bowl money in Bushrod would be an unwise risk to take, but at the right price Bushrod is a serviceable starter. Serviceable if you either accept his inconsistencies or have the right leadership and coaching staff around him to iron out those letdown games that seem to come along at least once a month.
--pretty much agree with this in all aspects
I'm liking short term money on McKinnie more. His report-
2012 Grade: +5.6
2012 Snaps: 418
Summary: The Super Bowl run may have been the last ride for a number of veteran Ravens. As Bryant McKinnie hits the open market it’s a pertinent to question whether he has anything left in the tank for another go. He struggled all season with fitness and motivation which led to the Ravens using him sparingly until Week 17, at which point he became an integral part of their run to the title.
McKinnie has never been a great “effort player” but he is an excellent pass protector who understands where he needs to be and how to get there to neutralize even the best of pass rushers. If he has the motivation to stay in shape for another season, then someone should get at least one quality season of play as a potential holdover to a longer term solution.
6'8" somewhere between 360 and 400+ pounds
This post was edited on 2/16 at 11:53 am
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as PFF sez:
We’re not going to insult your intelligence though when it comes to guys unlikely to hit the open market because of the franchise tag, so don’t expect to see names like Joe Flacco or Ryan Clady in these pieces. Instead we’re focusing on guys with a real shot at dipping their feet into the free agent pool and making your team better.
Clady definitely franchised if no new deal. Beyond the Saints budget even if he did hit the market.
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