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johbur
12-13-2006, 02:38 PM
With three top-flight LBs theorhetically available in free agency for 2007, which one would you choose for your team? We'll say you are able to make whichever of them work for your cap and that their team does not franchise them. Given the jump in cap, I'd be surprised if any of the three hit the market.

Moses
12-13-2006, 02:40 PM
Adalius Thomas. He is the best in basically every facet of the game.

Jughead10
12-13-2006, 02:40 PM
As a pure OLB in a 4-3, I'd take Briggs.

PalmerToCJ
12-13-2006, 02:42 PM
Adalius Thomas for my Bengals because we need a LB that can get to the QB... I'll gladly take Briggs though for a 4-3 LB.

Finsfan79
12-13-2006, 02:42 PM
Briggs he is the best LB on Chicago and in the NFC

remix 6
12-13-2006, 02:48 PM
Thomas b/c versatility

SuperMcGee
12-13-2006, 02:55 PM
I'd have to say Briggs

Moses
12-13-2006, 02:56 PM
Briggs he is the best LB on Chicago and in the NFC

:shock:

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A-Dub4President
12-13-2006, 02:56 PM
I'd want Thomas for his ability to pressure the QB. Overall though, Briggs is better, Thomas is just a better fit.

Moses
12-13-2006, 02:57 PM
How do people think Briggs is better than Thomas? What exactly does he do better?

Jughead10
12-13-2006, 03:00 PM
How do people think Briggs is better than Thomas? What exactly does he do better?

I'm looking at is as who would I want more on my team, the Giants. I'm not sure where I would even play Thomas. Sure he does a little bit of everything, but a jack of all trades masters none. I know what I would do with Briggs.

Moses
12-13-2006, 03:02 PM
How do people think Briggs is better than Thomas? What exactly does he do better?

I'm looking at is as who would I want more on my team, the Giants. I'm not sure where I would even play Thomas. Sure he does a little bit of everything, but a jack of all trades masters none. I know what I would do with Briggs.

Thomas is better in every facet of the game though. I can't think of a single thing that Briggs does better than Thomas.

JT Jag
12-13-2006, 03:03 PM
Briggs. He's 3 years younger then Thomas, and has played in the same altered Cover 2 Shell that the Jaguars run in which linebackers roam sideline to sideline and deal with receivers and the running game first, and make plays in the backfield second.

Jughead10
12-13-2006, 03:10 PM
Briggs. He's 3 years younger then Thomas, and has played in the same altered Cover 2 Shell that the Jaguars run in which linebackers roam sideline to sideline and deal with receivers and the running game first, and make plays in the backfield second.

Exactly. Gaints as well run a lot of Cover 2 and I'm not sure where he would fit at 6'2" 270 lbs. We would never used him as a DE with Strahan, Osi, Kiwi, and Tuck. Briggs would be the better fit. Plug him in right at WLB.

Moses
12-13-2006, 03:12 PM
Briggs. He's 3 years younger then Thomas, and has played in the same altered Cover 2 Shell that the Jaguars run in which linebackers roam sideline to sideline and deal with receivers and the running game first, and make plays in the backfield second.

Exactly. Gaints as well run a lot of Cover 2 and I'm not sure where he would fit at 6'2" 270 lbs. We would never used him as a DE with Strahan, Osi, Kiwi, and Tuck. Briggs would be the better fit. Plug him in right at WLB.

Thomas is a better athlete than Briggs even at 270 lbs. He is excellent in pass coverage.

Woody56
12-13-2006, 03:12 PM
Adalius Thomas fits best for the 3-4 and he is a beast

Larry
12-13-2006, 03:13 PM
I normally wouldn't say this but I think there's a great chance Adalius Thomas will sign with the 49ers.

I think Briggs will get the franchise tag from the Bears if they can't strike a deal.

TPFKA#1SaintsFan
12-13-2006, 03:24 PM
Anyone who votes for Cato June is either a Colts homer or just plain stupid.

Obviously Adalius Thomas is the better linebacker for a 3-4 and Lance Briggs is better suited for a 4-3. I believe Thomas is the better player though, and could play OLB in a 3-4 or 4-3 and play DE in a 4-3 as well as some DT in obvious passing downs. He's just so damn versatile and freakish.

The Saints run a 4-3 and I'd rather have Thomas.

NIN1984
12-13-2006, 03:32 PM
Yeah I would pretty much just take Briggs because he is younger

12-13-2006, 03:34 PM
lol no1 mentioned the other option cato june. :D

SeanTaylorRIP
12-13-2006, 03:34 PM
Adalius will be a Raven, unless he wants to be a Skin. :wink:

PalmerToCJ
12-13-2006, 03:36 PM
Anyone who votes for Cato June is either a Colts homer or just plain stupid.

Yeah... I wasn't going to be the jerk to bring it up though :lol:

TPFKA#1SaintsFan
12-13-2006, 03:38 PM
Anyone who votes for Cato June is either a Colts homer or just plain stupid.

Yeah... I wasn't going to be the jerk to bring it up though :lol:

I don't think I was being a jerk... more like Captain Obvious... :lol:

Shiver
12-13-2006, 03:50 PM
Cato June is HORRIBLE. No one on the Colts front seven is worth anything.

yourfavestoner
12-13-2006, 03:54 PM
I'd probably take Briggs, simply because I'd be wary of investing a huge some of money in a player that's about to be 30, and probably has more good games in his past than he does in his future.

PACKmanN
12-13-2006, 03:59 PM
Thomas, you can cause so many TO with him as your LB.

draftguru151
12-13-2006, 04:35 PM
For my team, Thomas. But the best one is Briggs. June is great though.

I really, really hope the Dolphins sign Thomas. Imagine this 3-4.

Taylor- Crowder- Zach- Adalius. :shock:

Splat
12-13-2006, 04:37 PM
Lance Briggs is not as good as the players around him make him look.

draftguru151
12-13-2006, 04:38 PM
Lance Briggs is not as good as the players around him make him look.

Hardly. And you could say the same thing about Thomas.

Splat
12-13-2006, 04:47 PM
Lance Briggs is not as good as the players around him make him look.

Hardly. And you could say the same thing about Thomas.

Yes you could he ask for an opinion I gave it.

remix 6
12-13-2006, 04:57 PM
Lance Briggs is not as good as the players around him make him look.

Hardly. And you could say the same thing about Thomas.

Thomas and Scott had great years last yr without Ray Lewis..hmm

49ersfan_87
12-13-2006, 05:01 PM
For my team, Thomas. But the best one is Briggs. June is great though.

I really, really hope the Dolphins sign Thomas. Imagine this 3-4.

Taylor- Crowder- Zach- Adalius. :shock:

Arent the dolphins in a horrible cap situation? I read on Si truths and rumors a few days back that saban couldnt resign any of the 20 players due to go off contract because they only had 750k in cap room

Moses
12-13-2006, 05:40 PM
Please somebody explain to me how Briggs is better than Thomas. I'm dying to know.

Zim3031
12-13-2006, 05:49 PM
I really think Briggs is overrated.

Thomas on the other hand is one of the top defensive players in the league. He's so versatile it's insane. He consitently racks up sacks and yet has the ability to cover so well that I've seen him play on wide receivers. Definately one of my favorite players in the NFL.

draftguru151
12-13-2006, 05:54 PM
For my team, Thomas. But the best one is Briggs. June is great though.

I really, really hope the Dolphins sign Thomas. Imagine this 3-4.

Taylor- Crowder- Zach- Adalius. :shock:

Arent the dolphins in a horrible cap situation? I read on Si truths and rumors a few days back that saban couldnt resign any of the 20 players due to go off contract because they only had 750k in cap room

Every team in the league is going to be very under the cap and the Dolphins are $17 million under.

Geo
12-13-2006, 06:05 PM
LOL @ putting Cato June and Lance Briggs in the same discussion.

Splat
12-13-2006, 06:12 PM
Some team (Skins) is going to way over pay for Lance Briggs in the off season and be let down.

49ersfan_87
12-13-2006, 06:17 PM
I normally wouldn't say this but I think there's a great chance Adalius Thomas will sign with the 49ers.

I think Briggs will get the franchise tag from the Bears if they can't strike a deal.

I hope so. I absolutely love the versatility of thomas, and hes a pure playmaker. I hope we sign him as well, and hopefully we have a bit of an advantage because nolan coached him in baltimore when he was the D coordinator. Oh yeah, having about 42 mil in cap room wont hurt either :D

I dont like briggs and june at all. I bet they sign 7 year 100 mil deals with the redskins anyway.

Ravens1991
12-13-2006, 06:20 PM
Adalius Thomas is a beast, if he was 25 he would probably be every ones #1 selection, he has 10 sacks as a situational 4-3 OLB blitzer, imagine if he was in a 3-4 were he could blitz more, plus he can go out and Jam WR at the LOS.

dcarey20
12-13-2006, 07:01 PM
A.D. is without a doubt the best of the 3.....hopefully he'll be a raven next year

Hurricane Ditka
12-13-2006, 07:22 PM
LOL @ putting Cato June and Lance Briggs in the same discussion.Lance Briggs >>Cato June.

Geo
12-13-2006, 07:45 PM
Ya think?

:roll:

Ravens1991
12-13-2006, 08:15 PM
For my team, Thomas. But the best one is Briggs. June is great though.

I really, really hope the Dolphins sign Thomas. Imagine this 3-4.

Taylor- Crowder- Zach- Adalius. :shock:


Sounds like a crazy OLB, imagine if they are all 5 years younger(except for Crowder).

yourfavestoner
12-13-2006, 08:40 PM
Ya think?

:roll:

I think he got confused by the way you worded it.

jkpigskin
12-13-2006, 09:47 PM
so i dont sound like a homer, ill give some insight on why thomas is better than briggs..

PASS COVERAGE: this is a strength for AD... he can match up against the TE or the slot reciever because of his strength and speed.. he can run with the best of them and he is around 270.

PASS RUSH: this is the facet of the game thomas has improved most greatly in.. he has had 7-9 sacks the past couple season and this season he is having a great year... the reason he can get to the QB so well is becaues he has the size of a DT, and the speed of a OLB... and he is smart

OTHER: thomas' biggest asset is his veratality. Noone in the league can do wat he has done already... playing almost every position including in the secondary just shows the physcial talents he has.. also he seems to always be around the ball and he has been in positions to score many times

draftguru151
12-13-2006, 10:05 PM
For my team, Thomas. But the best one is Briggs. June is great though.

I really, really hope the Dolphins sign Thomas. Imagine this 3-4.

Taylor- Crowder- Zach- Adalius. :shock:


Sounds like a crazy OLB, imagine if they are all 5 years younger(except for Crowder).

JT and ZT are ageless.

Mr. Stiller
12-13-2006, 10:06 PM
Adalius Thomas > BRiggs..


4-3 or 3-4... Cover 2 or anything.

I'm just scared the Bears let Briggs walk and Sign Thomas.

Bearsfan123
12-13-2006, 10:19 PM
Adalius Thomas > BRiggs..


4-3 or 3-4... Cover 2 or anything.

I'm just scared the Bears let Briggs walk and Sign Thomas.

LMAO why would the Bears let Briggs walk and sign a guy that is older than him? that will most likely cost MORE? (albeit more talented)

sweetness34
12-13-2006, 10:24 PM
Briggs he is the best LB on Chicago and in the NFC

:lol:

Hurricane Ditka
12-13-2006, 10:30 PM
I like the idea of Urlacher restructuring so we can resign Briggs. But Briggs isn't the best LB on the Bears. But I thought Geo was trying to say Cato June was better than Briggs. I'd say Briggs has the most and playing time of those 3 so he wins.

sweetness34
12-13-2006, 10:36 PM
I like the idea of Urlacher restructuring so we can resign Briggs. But Briggs isn't the best LB on the Bears. But I thought Geo was trying to say Cato June was better than Briggs. I'd say Briggs has the most and playing time of those 3 so he wins.

I hope the management and Briggs take this seriously. Either that or we have to franchise Briggs IMO. We have to either keep him or get something for him, possibly a 1st Rounder.

Moses
12-13-2006, 10:39 PM
I like the idea of Urlacher restructuring so we can resign Briggs. But Briggs isn't the best LB on the Bears. But I thought Geo was trying to say Cato June was better than Briggs. I'd say Briggs has the most and playing time of those 3 so he wins.

Explain how Briggs is better than Thomas.

Hurricane Ditka
12-13-2006, 10:40 PM
Well Briggs is more battle ready and proven than any LB in the draft, and his upside is probably as good at this point. He has first round value, but probably wouldn't get the Bears a first round pick.

Hurricane Ditka
12-13-2006, 10:40 PM
I like the idea of Urlacher restructuring so we can resign Briggs. But Briggs isn't the best LB on the Bears. But I thought Geo was trying to say Cato June was better than Briggs. I'd say Briggs has the most and playing time of those 3 so he wins.

Explain how Briggs is better than Thomas.I'm a homer.

Moses
12-13-2006, 10:42 PM
I like the idea of Urlacher restructuring so we can resign Briggs. But Briggs isn't the best LB on the Bears. But I thought Geo was trying to say Cato June was better than Briggs. I'd say Briggs has the most and playing time of those 3 so he wins.

Explain how Briggs is better than Thomas.I'm a homer.

Just as expected. 8)

Mr. Stiller
12-13-2006, 10:58 PM
Adalius Thomas > BRiggs..


4-3 or 3-4... Cover 2 or anything.

I'm just scared the Bears let Briggs walk and Sign Thomas.

LMAO why would the Bears let Briggs walk and sign a guy that is older than him? that will most likely cost MORE? (albeit more talented)


who knows how much Briggs FA worth vs Adalius' FA Worth right now.


But Adalius is much better.. It's not as close as everyone makes it out.