I have to admit for a while now I thought 2009 was going to be the last hurrah for this squad of players but several things have occurred:
1. There will be no new CBA
2. Rivers is a golden God.
Point 1: Vincent Jackson, Shawne Merriman, Darren Sproles, Marcus McNeill, Malcom Floyd, and several others will in fact not be free agents this year. Therefore I have changed my forecast to 2010 as the last hurrah before some rebuilding needs to get done.
Point 2: Having an elite QB means the window is always open. Let's be real. The D is not good. Not always terrible, but not good. The running game is nonexistent. And yet, we just pulled together an incredibly convincing 13-3 season. Rivers is the reason, and the pieces around him will continue to improve.
Therefore, I have changed my forecast to NEVER as the last hurrah before some rebuilding needs to get done. Look at the Colts...Peyton and Wayne are really the only guys to go the distance this decade, and even Reggie wasn't the #1 for most of it. They've done a complete changeover and yet will probably win the Super Bowl/almost went undefeated.
So what are the next steps for this franchise? I am a huge proponent of sending out Cromartie for whatever the hell we can get for him. I'd like to resign Merriman but it will be nice to get another year out of him, further removed from his surgery.
Once again I'd say Free Agency is not for us, especially with all the guys I'd like to resign but for the first time in a long while we have a complete draft! I know I'm basically talking to myself but maybe we can get some discussion up in this biotch about what this offseason should bring to the Bolts.
Draftwise I'd love to see a DT to get into the mix with a healthy Jamal next year. RT finally seems to have solidified with the Clary/Dombrowski competition, although if a blue chipper fell I'd have no qualms, somebody like Bulaga. ILB I think is a sneaky option given our solid stable of role players at that position. If Cro is gone, I'm seriously worried AJ Smith will blow another pick on the secondary.