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DT Alfonso Boone (6-3, 305)

I doubt Steve would've posted what he did if he didn't have some inside information.

Assuming we get this guy, what do you think?  He has the experience to start, let Leonard/Hyden/Favorite battle it out to be the backup.  We'd have 2 run-stuffers to rotate with and on pass rushing downs Leonard has experience at doing it and Hyden is quick too.  Couple that with Everette Brown and Peppers and I PROMISE our defense is top 10.

If the front 4 matures this year and the DT is at least mediocre-to good, then with Thomas Davis playing at the Pro-Bowl level he is projected to this year, Beason continuing to be the best MLB in the league, an emerging Conner to replace an ailing Diggs (will happen halfway through the season), and a secondary that doesn't have Ken Lucas in it, then lets see what we have:


Martin/Captain:  Both rookies but both ready to contribute

Gamble:  He's a shutdown corner and has been top 5 in the league for a long time at his position despite no Pro-Bowl trips.  Forget what Mason did to him and consider it a blessing.  Fuel for the fire.  The way I see it is this:  last year Lucas got picked on because Gamble covered his man and Lucas sucked.  Now that Marshall is ready to step in, QB's will throw toward Gamble more because Lucas isn't there to leave people open.  He will regain shut-down status and be top 3 again in stopping passes like he was in '07 when we gave him his big contract.

Harris:  He's still good, tackles hard, and strips the ball.  I love this kid.

That's all the pieces we need.  Fill the rest with role-players who run their routes properly and with a much better pass rush and I PROMISE the defense regains it's '05 status.  We should be the best Defense in the division, which in turn should mean that with us having an offense as good as NO and ATL that we should repeat as NFC South champions!!!


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Re: DT Alfonso Boone (6-3, 305)

Another thought.  Even if Alfonso only contributes for 1-2 years, that's fine.  Next year Kemo is probably back, and Favorite and Irvin are projects that might be ready by then!

EDIT TO MAIN POST: 

It won't let me edit the main post but I think it's more fitting to say that Gamble is Top 10 good who at times cracks the top 5.


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Re: DT Alfonso Boone (6-3, 305)

Kemo will command too much money if he is back some of them (yes more than one) are getting cut/traded/dropped.  I think he will be a cap causality.

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Re: DT Alfonso Boone (6-3, 305)

He's not worth the money.  We overpaid him.  If Brown pans out I hope we can do something awesome to get picks/players out of Peppers if he wont' sign for 10/mil a year.

We could cut him and Kemo (who was paid 3mil in 2008) and save like 20 million on the cap to sign a star DT or 2.  Brown/Brayton/Johnson would be a good rotation at DE if it came to that and we could upgrade on the interior and in a few other positions.

So yea, give Kemo the boot then.  He's not worth it.  We need to focus on keeping Deangelo, Beason, and Davis.


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Re: DT Alfonso Boone (6-3, 305)

Double Post


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Re: DT Alfonso Boone (6-3, 305)

We should have plenty of comp picks next year to work with.  We lost Kyle, Jones, Lucas, Hackett, Hangartner, Frank O, Bridges, and wasn;t there another?  A DT I think?

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Re: DT Alfonso Boone (6-3, 305)

i doubt if we get anything more than a 7th round pick for hangartner. i dont think if you release players you get comp picks for them.


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