Gentleman, if ATL makes one high dollar signing this off season who do you guys think it should be? Right now there are two potential players that we as fans would like to see ATL sign that would be in the neighborhood of $10MM and both fill critical positions.
The first player is Marcus McNeill, all pro LT from SD. With Baker not turning out as everyone would have liked and people not being comfortable with Svitek as the starter there is a ground swell for TD to go after McNeill. He is an excellent LT but had a major surgery last year and was due $10.5MM this season. If healthy McNeill would be an upgrade at the LT position and would help ensure the safety of MR. On the other side of that equation are a few unknows. Baker was playing hurt last season and Svitek played very well at LT against some very good DE's. With our new OL coach, and assuming Baker is 100% healthy, is there any chance that Baker turns into the monster he was in college? Or could Svitek improve and become a top flight LT? Will McNeill sign for less than $10MM due to his injury or because he wants to play on a SB contending team?
Second is our own spring loaded Brent Grimes. This is what I mean by spring loaded. BG is one of the top FA DB's in the NFL and has played great for us over the past few seasons. It could be argued that Brent has been our most consistent player on D over that time. He was tagged and is due $10.6MM this season or possibly less if a contract can be agreed upon. Not sure what BG's bottom line salary targets are but let's assume it will be in the $7MM - $9MM range. There are some questions about investing in BG, such as will he be effective in Nolans press coverage? Will Owens, Franks and or Walls be able to effectively replace BG in the the D?
Assuming that both players will cost about the same which should ATL sign? I don't think ATL can afford both but TD has pulled off miracles in the past.
I don't think we need to sign either going into the season. I am going to be stupidly optimistic here. I think the new OL coach will sort or Svitek and Baker or ATL will pick up a less expensive LT. I also think that Owens, Franks, Walls or someone else will fill in for BG and play very well in his place.