I said work with your guys, I thought drafting well was just assumed, and maybe a few tweaks aka 2016 bargain signings/deals like the ones that brought Branch and Alonso.
I was trying, rather badly it seems, to show, that with a good draft and a few, smart FA signings can work.
I don't think you have to pay James $6 million. Wasn't Sam Young just as serviceable? Didn't the line play better as a unit after James went down?
If you say goodbye to James and run with Young at RT to save money (Davis has RG locked down) you're now taking much needed depth and slightly downgrading the OL. If you slide Davis to RT, you have a hole at LG, RG and a shaky center. Larsen to RG? Ehh. Essentially you're trying the same thing they tried last year.
Now if you can sign either Pugh from the Giants or Norwell from the Panthers to play LG, then draft a RT or G that can start right away, sure drop James. But that scenario will cost you the same as picking up James 5th yr option. (If they can zone block, I haven't checked that out.)
And no, I don't feel the line got better, it still couldn't run block consistently, and had problems giving Cutler time for long throws. What did help it was Drake being able to pass block.
I don't want Tannenbaum to clear $50 million in space and then do some sort of half butt roster overhaul with overpaid FA signings. I believe he tried that in NY when he knew he was in trouble, and Miami seems to dabble in it every couple of years. He has been in charge of picking guys and making signings since 2015. Gase can advocate for things, but its not his direct call. Having roster control means he picks the 53. Now he clearly had Tannenbaum's ear this past offseason and it didn't work.
I agree you don't want him to go crazy, and supposedly Miami now has this philosophy of liking to shop in the clearance bin so they don't lose comp picks and that's smart to an extent. Didn't work out so well mostly this year, but injuries played a big part in that.
But if you can be smart, you do want to take some shots. No you don't sign Le'Veon Bell, you have Drake and can draft a RB later in the draft. Signing Jimmy Gramam to solve the TE position would be another bad one. (He's 31 and looks like he is losing a step.)
Let me pose this question: if for the same 12 million a yr for 4 yrs you can sign Landry, I can give you Norwell at G, and Burton at TE? (Two very promising young players.) Which would you do?
Then what if I said fine, I'll let James go and plug that position in the draft if you let me pay Ziggy Ansah 8 million a yr for 4 yrs.
The bad news is we'd lose our comp picks for Landry and James doing so.
My point is as long as your smart and don't crazy, FA is an essential tool
The good news is that all of these new position coach signings are being praised in the media.
Hopefully this is a sign Gase is learning. It's good to see.