Originally Posted by iloxygenil
Why wouldn't we be eligible? We brought in Horn and Ovie...their contracts are nowhere near what PKs was...we also have other guys who were minor signings by other teams that help us out.
While I believe we are eligible (we signed 6 but 3 are on team compared to losing 3), getting a third is difficult.
Signed (to Atlanta):
Ovie Mughelli- 6 years/ 18 million
Joe Horn- 4 years/ 19 million
Marcus Wilkins- 3 years/ 3.5 million
Total: 13 years/ 40.5 million, 19 starts
Also on the bright side I discovered Toniu Fonoti's full first name is Toniuolevaiavea.
Signed (from Atlanta):
Patrick Kerney- 6 years/ 39.5 million
Ashley Lelie- 2 years/ 4.3 million
Justin Griffith- 3 years/ 3.8 million
Total: 11 years/ 47.6 million, 30 starts
I would not say we were completely quiet in free agency. Let us look at last year's teams receiving a third round pick...
Julian Peterson OLB- 7 years/ 54 million
Andre Carter DE- 6 years/ 30 million
Anthony Clement OT- 3 years/ 5.5 million
Total- 16 years/ 90 million/ lots
Antonio Bryant WR- 4 years/ 14 million
Total: 4 years/ 14 million/ 14 starts
Drew Brees QB- 6 years/ 60 million
Reche Caldwell WR- ???/ ???
Ben Leber- 5 years/ 20 million
Justin Peele- 3 years/ 4.5 million
Total: 14+ years/ 85+ million/ 45+ starts
Marlon McCree S- 5 years/ 16 million
Aaron Shea TE- ???/ ???
Total: 5+ years/ 16+ million / 14+ starts
Edgerrin James RB- 4 years/ 30.5 million
David Thornton LB- 5 years/ 22.5 million
Larry Tripplett DT- 5 years/ 18 million
Mike Vanderjagt K- 3 years/ 5.4 million
Total: 17 years/ 77 million/ a lot
Adam Vinatieri K- 5 years/ 12 million
Total: 5 years/ 12 million/ 16
Charles Woodson CB- 7 years/ 52 million
Renaldo Hill CB- 3 years/ 6 million
Total: 10 years/ 58 million/ 32 starts
Lance Johnstone DE
Total: 2 years/ 4 million??? / 1 start
Falcons Gains to Lost
Plus 2 years, negative 7.2 million, negative 11 starts
San Francisco Gains to Lost
Negative 12 years, 76 million, negative a ton of starts
San Diego Gains to Lost
Negative 9 Years, Negative 69 Millions, Negative 29 Starts
Indianapolis Gains to Lost
Negative 12 years, negative 65 million, negative a ton of starts
Oakland Gains to Lost
Negative 8 years, negative 54 million, negative 31 starts
I really do not see it as all that close. They clearly lost much more than us. The closest (Oakland) still was in worst shape by 10 years, 47 million, and 20 starts. It would take another Patrick Kerney to fill that void.
Now, it is not entirely impossible to get a third round pick. Production was big (but Brees, James, Woodson, and Peterson all produced big as well) for Kerney. Griffith produced as well. But we got some starts from our players and contracts and starts were much worse off for last years 3rd round compensation receiving teams.