Blow it up
That’s the process. Don’t rebuild as you go, blow it up and start over. This year and probably next year don’t matter. Two years from now is the target.
If you aren’t a starter on this team, you are completely expendable.
Even if you are a starter, if you have a big contract and are past your prime, you are marked for extinction.
TJ - $7 mil (still have to spend this year, but clears out salary next year)
Lock - $5.4 mil
Vickerson - $1.8 mil
JJ - $2.45 mil
Babs - $2.45 mil
Wilson – Not this year’s money, combination of value, FA, future contract and place on team.
Ellison - $??? Mil
Vallos - $min
Wrotto - $min
Schmitt - $min
Vallos, Wrotto and Schmitt don’t exactly fit the mold in that they are cheap and expendable much like the guys that they are bringing in. They only matter based on timing. If we had chucked them a couple of weeks ago it wouldn’t have upset anyone.
Otherwise, I would say they are bringing guys who are younger, meet their mold at the position, or who are hungry, cheap and can fill the spot for a year. We are definitely cheaper than we were at the start of camp. When we go into next offseason we will have more cap room, assuming there is a cap and not a lock out, than any other team in the NFL. They are cleaning salary off the books. We will have money and positions to be major players in FA next offseason.
This may not be how most people wanted to rebuild, but we are now effectively an expansion team two years into the process. It will be ugly for a year or so, but if they do it right, it might be the quickest way to being a team that can get past round one year to year. Many other teams never get out of the continual rebuilding mode because they don’t blow it up. At least we have picked a direction and are moving forward on it.