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  1. Le'Veon Bell 2018 Outlook

    Lots of folks argued that Kirk Cousins would definitely get signed by the same teams you mentioned but it was MIN that actually signed him. Fact is the Saints have cap space in 2019, the 2 featured backs system has worked well in NO, and the team is in the twilight of Brees' career. An offensive core of Brees with a 3 headed monster of Kamara, Michael Thomas, and Bell (upgraded Ingram who can line up in the slot, etc) would be nearly unstoppable. You can't double team any of the 3 as the other 2 would eat you alive. That's gotta be something the Saints would consider as a one last push for the Lombardi even if the cap hit in 2021 and beyond would delay the inevitable rebuild by 2 or 3 years.
  2. James Conner 2018 Outlook

    Don't think he's worth rostering even as a cuff, just like whoever backs up Saquon Barkley isn't worth rostering.
  3. Le'Veon Bell 2018 Outlook

    How about an even more dark horse candidate - Saints sell out their future to pick him up to replace Ingram (gone in FA) in one final attempt to win another ring before Brees retires.
  4. Le'Veon Bell 2018 Outlook

    Teams can often do economically irrational things so there's decent reason to think someone will pay Bell. It's obviously not a slam dunk but it's not drawing to an inside strait either. https://bearswire.usatoday.com/2017/03/07/are-the-bears-really-bidding-against-themselves-for-mike-glennon/
  5. Le'Veon Bell 2018 Outlook

    For sake of argument we can stipulate that. Thing is the Steelers also didn't think through the second and third order effects of trying to tag Bell again after a lowball contract offer (and let's be honest, that's what it was regardless of whether you think Bell was "worth" X dollars or not). Knowing they're in a closing SB window with Big Ben halfway out the door and openly musing about retirement, the logical thing is to go all in to win the Lombardi. Instead they hold fast to a cheap bastard offer for Bell followed by tagging him again when he's already said he wouldn't play under the tag again. Let's play out the potential outcomes of this scenario: Steelers "win" scenarios: 1. Bell signs the tag and is disgruntled but still plays, they save a few million dollars in cap space (which will be irrelevant soon after Big Ben retires anyway). Steelers "lose" scenarios: 2. Bell refuses to sign the tag and sits out, Conner is a flop and it's a lost season for them. Worst case scenario Big Ben retires at years end and their SB window slams shut completely. 3. Bell refuses to sign the tag and sits out, Conner succeeds and does great. Steelers still lose because of the opportunity cost of having tagged Bell means they had to account for the escrow money if he *HAD* signed. Which means that although he didn't play, they had to plan as if he would. Which reduced the salary cap available to them to sign another FA who actually would have played for them (like a LB to replace Ryan Shazier, or maybe a backup to Conner who isn't a random JAG like Ridley). In fantasy football terms, it's like in an auction draft they refused to pay up for the top players and as a result ended up with $25 of their $200 in auction money unspent when the draft is over. So basically to save a few cap dollars they tried to screw Bell hoping he would report anyway, and because he didn't report the end result of them "saving" those cap dollars means their team was weaker than it could have been in 2018. All in order to (maybe) let them have some more cap money in 2019 and it won't matter because Big Ben may be gone and Josh Dobbs is the QB.
  6. A.J. Green 2018 Outlook

    So we're already on the borderline of AJG being a WR1 or WR2 with just those guys before even considering guys I'd consider drafting in the same range as AJG. Given we don't know what offseason may be in the works OL, QB, or coaching for any given player I'd have a hard time saying AJG was a no-brainer draft pick over someone like Evans, Diggs, JuJu, or whoever the Rams are playing at WR. My thinking is that we're seeing the early stages of AJG playing the declining vet giving way to up-and-coming WR star of the future (Tyler Boyd). Think of ATL with Roddy White and Julio Jones, or HOU with Andre Johnson and Nuk Hopkins. Just like how those guys effectively swapped WR1 and WR2 roles in the 2013-2014 timeframe, I can foresee AJG and Boyd having the same transition path.
  7. A.J. Green 2018 Outlook

    I'm thinking it's pretty much a done deal that for the first time in years that AJG is not a lock to be taken in the first 2 rounds of a 12 team redraft next year. He's on the same glide path as Demaryius Thomas into WR2 territory although hopefully he'll avoid the Dez drop off the cliff career path.
  8. Kirk Cousins 2018 Outlook

    Never would have predicted before the year that MIN would upgrade from Keenum to Cousins while WAS downgraded from Cousins to Alex Smith (saving no money in doing so BTW) and yet WAS is the one getting better while MIN seems to be running in place or getting worse. Cousins seems to be following the Drew Brees "don't throw any more than you have to" mode whereas I figured the Vikes would be letting him go bombs away.
  9. Ty Montgomery 2018 Outlook

    Got it, my apologies for missing that context.
  10. Golden Tate 2018 Outlook

    Unfortunately Tate appears to be in the sizable group of guys who have steady but unspectacular production who were plug in play in a RB2/WR2 or Flex who moved to another team and are completely un-startable now. Tate, Carlos Hyde, CJ Anderson, Ivory, the list goes on. Hopefully when he goes into FA this offseason he doesn't sign with a cap rich but terrible team like the Raiders who will completely wreck any fantasy value he'll have for coming years as well.
  11. Ty Montgomery 2018 Outlook

    He's going from ARod to Flacco, in what possible universe would that be a positive for anyone?
  12. Le'Veon Bell 2018 Outlook

    Unsure if PIT gets to recoup the salary cap hit for Bell, but in a world of proper karma PIT will get knocked out in the first round of the playoffs (or miss them altogether) for being cheap bastards. Now they effectively have zero depth at RB and if Conner gets hurt they're completely screwed. It would be poetic justice seeing them blown out by KC and having to rely in Stephan Ridley as their "bellcow back" and watching their Super Bowl chances swirl around the toilet bowl - maybe then they can wipe their a** with the small amount of money they saved by lowballing Bell I only owned one share of Bell this year (traded for at pennies on the dollar to cuff Conner for me) but the Steelers deserves to lose also. Bad behavior shouldn't be rewarded and PIT indeed behaved badly.
  13. James Conner 2018 Outlook

    Earth is probably going to get shaken a few yards off its orbit with all the simultaneous drops of Bell hitting the ground at the same time.
  14. Le'Veon Bell 2018 Outlook

    Probably the hype train for Derrick Henry, full of coal for the Christmas stockings of his owners.