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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:41 pm    Post subject: FFMD15 War Room Reply with quote

Welcome to the Houston Texans FFMD 2015 War Room!


FFMD Links:
FFMD 2015 Rules and Schedule
FFMD 2015 General Discussion
FFMD 2015 Transaction: RFA/ERFA/Franchise Tag
FFMD 2015 Transactions: Releases/Restructures/Practice Squad
FFMD 2015 Extensions and Resignings
FFMD 2015 Trade Blocks
FFMD 2015 Official Trades
FFMD 2015 Draft Thread
FFMD 2015 Talent Agency
Shark Tank: Offense/Special Teams
Shark Tank: Defense

Texans Staff
General Manager: Hannibal3188
Assistant General Manager: jch1911
Capologist: dsorc
Head Coach: Texansfan713
Director of College Scouting: Pastor Dillon
Director of Player Personnel: shep0507

Roster
Official Roster/Salary Cap Doc

Depth Chart Blue = Free Agent or Trade Acquisition/Red = Draft Pick/Italics = Tendered/Resigned
QB Ryan Mallett / Derek Anderson / Case Keenum / Tom Savage
RB Arian Foster / Alfred Blue / Cedric Peerman / Jonathan Grimes
FB Jay Prosch
WR1 Andre Johnson / Devier Posey / Darren Waller
WR2 DeAndre Hopkins / Uzoma Nwachukwu / Travis Labhart
Slot Wes Welker / Antwan Goodley / Alan Bonner
TE James Casey / CJ Fiedorowicz / Garrett Graham / Ryan Griffin / Anthony Denham
LT Duane Brown / Jeff Adams / Bryan Witzmann / Will Yeatman
LG Ben Jones / Xavier Su'a-Filo
C Chris Myers / James Ferentz / Brandon Vitabile
RG Brandon Brooks / Xavier Su'a-Filo
RT Jeremy Parnell / David Quessenberry / Tyson Clabo / Lawrence Gibson

LE JJ Watt / Clifton Geathers
NT Malcom Brown / Kenrick Ellis / Jerrell Powe
RE Jared Crick / Rakeem Nunez-Roches / Jeoffrey Pagan
SOLB Jadeveon Clowney / Sam Acho / John Simon
SILB Brian Cushing / Mike Mohamed / Trey Depriest / Justin Tuggle
WILB Lawrence Timmons / Jordan Hicks / Akeem Dent / Max Bollough
WOLB Whitney Mercilus / Nate Askew / Jason Ankrah
LCB Kareem Jackson / AJ Bouye / Jumal Rolle / Chris Greenwood
RCB Jonathan Joseph / Darryl Morris / Andre Hal
FS Charles Godfrey / Danieal Manning / Lonnie Ballentine / Tevin Mcdonald
SS DJ Swearinger / Eddie Pleasant / Josh Aubrey / Chris Prosinski

K Randy Bullock / P Shane Lechler / LS Jon Weeks

Transactions
Signed ERFA's QB Case Keenum, SS Eddie Pleasant
Signed RFA DT Jerrell Powe
Cut QB Thaddeus Lewis
Traded 6-19 for QB Derek Anderson
Restructured JJ Watt, Duane Brown
Extended WR Andre Johnson, CB Jonathan Joseph, C Chris Myers
Re-Signed QB Ryan Mallett, CB Kareem Jackson
Traded WR Keyshawn Martin for LB Nate Askew
Signed DT Kenrick Ellis, RT Jeremy Parnell, OLB Sam Acho, WR Wes Welker RB Cedric Peerman, TE James Casey, DL Clifton Geathers, ILB Akeem Dent, CB Chris Greenwood, FS Danieal Manning, S Charles Godfrey, S Chris Prosinski
Traded 2-19 and DT Louis Nix to Pittsburgh for ILB Lawrence Timmons
Traded QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for OLB Jason Babin and pick 7-25
Released RB Ben Malena, WR Jace Davis, T Matt Feiler, NT Tevita Finau, DB Terrance Parks, CB Charles James

Draft Picks
1-16: Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
3-18: Antwan Goodley, WR, Baylor
4-17: Jordan Hicks, LB, Texas
5-16: Darren Walker, WR, Georgia Tech
5-38: Rakeem Nunez-Roches, DT, Southern Mississippi (Comp)
6-34: Brandon Vitabile, C, Northwestern (Comp)
6-39: Trey Depriest, LB, Alabama (Comp)
6-41: Lawrence Gibson, OT, Virginia Tech (Comp)
7-25: Tevin Mcdonald, FS, Eastern Washington (From Jets from Panthers)
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alright guys, lets get down to business. I have PM'd dhunt regarding the Keenum/Powe roster discrepancies, so hopefully that gets fixed soon.

For our first order of business, we need to decide on our trade block, as well as figure out who we want to tag/tender/try to resign. Here's what I think to start us off..

Tender:
WR Damaris Johnson
QB Case Keenum
SS Eddie Pleasant
NT Jerrell Powe(assuming he is a RFA)

Tag:
No one. I don't think we have anyone potentially leaving worthy of this price tag.

-Who do you guys think should be on our trade block/at what value?
-How does everyone feel about Cody White? Is he good enough depth to tender or do we let him walk?

P.S. I know I said I'd have this up by lunch, but that was before I got dragged into a 90 minute call with people in India at 11 am EST. But most of you are in Texas anyways so it's still lunch time for yall lol. I'll get the depth chart up soon.

Depth Chart is up! Please let me know if you see any mistakes.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hannibal3188 wrote:
Alright guys, lets get down to business. I have PM'd dhunt regarding the Keenum/Powe roster discrepancies, so hopefully that gets fixed soon.

For our first order of business, we need to decide on our trade block, as well as figure out who we want to tag/tender/try to resign. Here's what I think to start us off..

Tender:
WR Damaris Johnson
QB Case Keenum
SS Eddie Pleasant
NT Jerrell Powe(assuming he is a RFA)

I'm fine with this list

Tag:
No one. I don't think we have anyone potentially leaving worthy of this price tag.

The only players that I could make any argument for are KJ and Newton.

The CB # will likely be higher than we want a tag for, but keeping KJ for next season may be a higher priority than we want to admit. As up and down as he is, he valuable because he knows the system and is a known quantity and is a current starter. Lose him to FA and we HAVE to address his spot in FA/draft. Tag him and we can still address it, but it's not as glaring a need. This isn't a glowing reason to tag him, only something worth thinking about.

Same issues with Newton as with KJ, except I imagine RT tag money would be significantly lower. On the plus side, Newton was by most accounts much more solid this season, and the line did seem to come together and start playing better by year's end. Consistency on the line is a big deal. That said, I'd rather make resigning him a priority than tag.


-Who do you guys think should be on our trade block/at what value?
Can't say as I see anyone that we would get much value out of.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As far as where to start, here are my thoughts.

Priority 1, make a decision on the QB situation. It doesn't matter if the decision is to roll with Fitz, Keenum, Lewis and Savage into camp; resign Mallett; sign someone else's UFA, ie Hoyer or address in it the draft. If we don't agree now on a course of action, this one position is going to ruin our FFMD experience.

For our in house free agents, aside from the QB, I think we should prioritize:

Derek Newton (unless we see someone out there that significantly improves the position)
KJ (without breaking the bank)
Kendrick Lewis

Others to resign if possible:
Reed
Manning
Dent
Pickett

That's just my thoughts, I'd welcome some input on this.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trade block:

Andre Johnson- I think we should shop him around and see what we can get for him. We can get younger at the position.

I would put Chris Myers on the block as well. I think we should cut him if we cant get any offers. Ben Jones would be a good replacement at C for him.

As for who we should tender/resign: Bold are the ones I want to resign

ILB Akeem Dent
CB Kareem Jackson
DE Tim Jamison
FS Kendrick Lewis
QB Ryan Mallett (first priority)
FS Danieal Manning
RT Derek Newton (second priority)
NT Ryan Pickett
OLB Brooks Reed (if a team overpays then let him go)
SS Eddie Pleasant
QB Case Keenum
WR Damaris Johnson
ILB Jeff Tarpinian
C/G Cody White
NT Jerrell Powe
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just saw John Simon listed as an ERFA. If that's true, we should make him a priority as well.

http://www.footballsfuture.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=19252219#19252219

Texansfan713 wrote:
Trade block:

Andre Johnson- I think we should shop him around and see what we can get for him. We can get younger at the position.

I would put Chris Myers on the block as well. I think we should cut him if we cant get any offers. Ben Jones would be a good replacement at C for him.

As for who we should tender/resign: Bold are the ones I want to resign

ILB Akeem Dent
CB Kareem Jackson
DE Tim Jamison
FS Kendrick Lewis
QB Ryan Mallett (first priority)
FS Danieal Manning
RT Derek Newton (second priority)
NT Ryan Pickett
OLB Brooks Reed (if a team overpays then let him go)
SS Eddie Pleasant
QB Case Keenum
WR Damaris Johnson
ILB Jeff Tarpinian
C/G Cody White
NT Jerrell Powe


For me, I'm not sold on Damaris Johnson as a need signing. I'm not against it, but I also think there's a few guys we can target from round 3-5 that can fill his role as well, maybe better, as he does.

As much as it will suck, you're spot on with Dre. Either we restructure, or trade him. His contract is an albatross on this roster. Past discussions around the board have talked about his contract needing to reflect the #2 WR that he now is.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Small bit of information about cap hits: because we are over 51 players signed, any new signings cost ~500k less for cap purposes. With that in mind, ERFA tenders have a cap hit of less than 100k. We should take advantage of all of them given their minimal effect on the cap. I am assuming the RFA tender considered are original round tag and not 1st or 2nd round. In that case, the cap hit would be ~820k per.

In the case of Andre Johnson, if he is cut or traded we would gain 8.8m in cap space. If he is restructured it would only save ~4.75 million and would make next year's cap hit ~19 million. In real life, I would expect an extension but I don't think that would be in play for FFMD.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the General Discussion thread regarding Restructures/Extensions:

dhunt2402 wrote:
cbrunn2 wrote:
Robbroy45 wrote:
Sorry if I glossed over this, but are we allowed to offer extensions to as many players as we want, or is it limited to a certain number?


This as well as a restructure limit?


There are no limits on either. However, if we see that teams are abusing the ability to offer as many as they want, i.e. someone with tens of millions in cap space pushing money forward into future years unnecessarily, we reserve the right to cut teams off.

Keep in mind that extensions have to be submitted for approval.



And from the Rules thread section about the same thing:

dhunt2402 wrote:
You may extend or restructure any contract you have to turn any base salary (excluding the veteran minimum salary) into a signing bonus. You are will be allowed to restructure players during the allotted time prior to free agency. Any more cap space will need to be created by releasing your players. Restructures and extensions may reduce current year cap hits by up to 66%.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think we should try and extend Dre, JJoe, and Chris Myers. Yes, they're older, yes, they're not cheap, but I'd like to make sure we're getting better at a position before we get rid of what we have(I'd say each is still an above average talent at their respective positions). Not to mention them all being older means we can play the "We'd like to see you retire as a Texan" card in our extension proposals. Putting Dre on the Trade Block doesn't seem like a bad idea though..
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Regarding John Simon, I don't think he should be on that ERFA list. He is under contract on the Master Google Doc as well as on OverTheCap.com. I'll PM dhunt2402 to have him removed from that list.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hannibal3188 wrote:
I think we should try and extend Dre, JJoe, and Chris Myers. Yes, they're older, yes, they're not cheap, but I'd like to make sure we're getting better at a position before we get rid of what we have(I'd say each is still an above average talent at their respective positions). Not to mention them all being older means we can play the "We'd like to see you retire as a Texan" card in our extension proposals. Putting Dre on the Trade Block doesn't seem like a bad idea though..


You had me up until trade Dre.... seriously, exactly what I was thinking. (You'll make a fine GM Wink )

That being said, I am okay with putting Dre on the block AND if someone offers a 2nd and a player, I would be onboard with considering a move.

Maybe a high 3rd... anything less, keep the legend!

Also, we can restructure JJ and create a BOATLOAD of cap space. It is plausible (he has a big base # and he ain't going nowhere) and would assist the team in a big way. I also expect the team to do this IRL.

Hannibal: I think our 7th belongs to NE
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trade Block
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - 5th
WR DeVier Posey - 5th or 6th (I would keep him IRL)
WR Keshawn Martin - player swap or 6th
TE Garrett Graham - 6th


Free Agents
ERFA:
SS Eddie Pleasant tender
QB Case Keenum tender

RFA:
WR Damaris Johnson meh / stay or go
ILB Jeff Tarpinian special teamer / go
C/G Cody White IRL coaches love him / FFMD = CYA!
NT Jerrell Powe maybe / does provide DL depth

UFA:
ILB Akeem Dent re-sign 5
CB Kareem Jackson will get ridiculous FFMD offer (maybe)
DE Tim Jamison
FS Kendrick Lewis re-sign 4
QB Ryan Mallett re-sign 1
FS Danieal Manning re-sign 3
RT Derek Newton re-sign 2
NT Ryan Pickett retire
OLB Brooks Reed
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jch1911 wrote:

Also, we can restructure JJ and create a BOATLOAD of cap space. It is plausible (he has a big base # and he ain't going nowhere) and would assist the team in a big way. I also expect the team to do this IRL.


I don't see this happening in real life or getting approved for FFMD. Watt's salary is already fully guaranteed for this year so he has no incentive o restructure. His contract is interesting when you consider that he has a roster bonus for this upcoming year that will eat up 10 million of our cap space. The counterpoint is that next year is his highest cap hit for the whole contract making it easier to spend for FA to fit alongside him in the future.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dsorc wrote:
jch1911 wrote:

Also, we can restructure JJ and create a BOATLOAD of cap space. It is plausible (he has a big base # and he ain't going nowhere) and would assist the team in a big way. I also expect the team to do this IRL.


I don't see this happening in real life or getting approved for FFMD. Watt's salary is already fully guaranteed for this year so he has no incentive o restructure. His contract is interesting when you consider that he has a roster bonus for this upcoming year that will eat up 10 million of our cap space. The counterpoint is that next year is his highest cap hit for the whole contract making it easier to spend for FA to fit alongside him in the future.


Dsorc - I trust you on cap issues, you know that.

But (1) it works on OvertheCap calculator and (2) I saw this yesterday at BRB
http://www.battleredblog.com/2015/2/5/7986831/is-j-j-watts-contract-the-key-to-keeping-derek-newton-kareem-jackson
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