We cannot compete with the other 31 teams for any DE that is above average IMO.
If we cut Will Smith and rework deals with Vilma and Harper, we should have enough money to sign Graham and make one defensive FA signing.
I still think that Osi is going to get a big contract from somebody. Similar to Warren Sapp with the Raiders or Bruce Smith with the Redskins. He's a big name from a big market and I think someone will overpay IMO.
I don't think Michael Johnson will be too expensive. That would be the guy I'd go after first. He won't be getting franchise type money. Avril will be expensive, but he had a down year so I think he will likely cost about the same as Osi.
A good to excellent end will have to be found in the draft.
It will be interesting this year. There are some good DEs in FA and in the draft. I honestly wouldn't mind getting a guy like Mingo or Hunt who are not everydown DEs yet and keeping Smith on a reworked deal to let them rotate.
two OLB's and upgrades at safties seem to be on our shopping list as well.
From what I've seen so far, there are some FA safties (William Moore at the top of my list) and some safties in the draft. I don't see a lot of OLBers in FA or the draft though.
My ideal scenerio (subject to change):
- Sign Moore in FA let Harper go.
- Rework deal with Smith and draft Mingo and let them split time.
- Rework deal with Vilma and maybe sign somebody cheap like Shaun Phillips for the other OLB.