There has been ample discussion around here re: drafting and/or signing a free agent defensive end. Well don't tell Beer Man we're just looking to find Abe's eventual replacement, because he hears y'all coming for him. Grimsey tweeted the following earlier today:
Even w/ his absolute hate for squats & just about any other leg exercise @biermann71 is still one of, if not the, hardest working ppl ever
Y'all hear that?! He works hard. Personally I'm somewhat skeptical about his future as a starter, but you can't deny his effort. While he only logged 3 sacks last year, through week 14 he amassed 18 QB hurries (23rd overall among defensive players and only 2.5 less than Abe). Can't tell you how many QB hurries he amassed in weeks 15-17 because Football Outsiders stopped publishing those numbers for some reason, but I think y'all get the point.
Does our draft day need for a DE result from Beer Man's inadequacies or is this really about replacing Abe? I tend to think it's the latter, though maybe it's a combination of both. Either way, my hope (prediction) is that he sticks around longer than C. Davis and whatshisface from Arkansas.