But drafting guards has gotten us nowhere.
I understand Swerve, believe me, I am a Fin fan like yourself and have seen the same things happen, BUT, we can't hamstring Hickey because of Ireland's failures, Hickey has to have a chance to right the ship, and you can't right the ship by overpaying FAs that may or may not work here.
The FA binge that has been the Fins for the past few years is all because Ireland failed drafting, and then every year he's trying to patch the holes in the hull of the ship, but there comes a time when you have to bring the ship back to port to actually fix it, because patches only work for so long.
It's high time the Fins bring the ship back to port to be properly fixed, and that means no high priced FAs, it means building the team through the draft, repairing the cap damage that Ireland created, not creating more potential problems.
No one wants to hear the dreaded term "rebuild", but sometimes, that is the answer, and we've reached that point, years of "retooling" have left us spinning our wheels, it's time to fix the Miami Dolphins, AND if we have the right guy in Hickey that can be accomplished within a couple years, then we can start making runs at the SB instead of making runs at a winning record.
An example, the Steelers have been the best team in the NFL over the last 20 years, can you name the last time they signed a high priced FA? They build their team through the draft, and they have let many good players walk instead of overpaying for them, they are the model of consistency and we need to take a page from their book imo.
I am really tired of making runs at a winning record, and mortgaging the future to do so, it's a viscous circle that keeps us spinning our wheels, and we need a virtuous circle to grow.