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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:07 pm    Post subject: An interesting Q&A with Floyd Reese and Joel Corry Reply with quote

Jason Wolf did something useful for once and a had a solid interview with Reese and Corry. Reese of course the GM of the Titans during the "glory years", Corry a former NFL agent.

Some of the more interesting parts IMO:

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Wolf's Question/Statement - So in keeping that cushion of salary cap space, they’re thinking about extensions for Lewan and obviously, a year from now, Marcus Mariota. But at the same time, expensive veterans’ contracts expire and the cap rises each year, so wouldn’t there be money available for those guys anyway, in theory?

Corry: Yeah, but you can carry over unused cap room from year to year, so it allows you much more flexibility. It’s not use it or lose it. Plus Tennessee right now doesn’t have any high-priced players. They have nobody … making $10 million per year, which is unusual. Robinson had a certain price point for Hightower, and it doesn’t make sense (to give him what he received from the Patriots, $33.5 million over four years with $17 million guaranteed).


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Wolf's Question/Statement - And so chemistry has to factor in. It’s not just about making the financials work, or even the Xs and Os.

Reese: Right. Everybody in that locker room knows Logan’s contract, knows what it is. And so the first time they see him, the first time they’re around him, they’re saying, ‘OK, Jon Robinson thinks enough of this guy to pay him all that money. Now what kind of guy is he?’ Well all of a sudden you realize this guy is perfect. This guy does everything that you want. Well, everybody looks at that and goes, ‘Hey, OK, that’s the way we do it around here. You’ve got to be like that.’

By the same token, if that guy comes in there as off-the-wall and won’t practice and he’s griping about everything and made at the coaches, well that also establishes your locker room. I’ll say this now, in two years, in my belief, that Titans locker room will be so strong and so tight, that you can bring a guy, you can maybe take a risk on a guy like that and bring him in. Because he’s going to walk in and he’s going to see, ‘Jeez, there’s an All-Pro left tackle, there’s an All-Pro right tackle, there’s a Pro Bowl defensive end, there’s a Pro Bowl corner, there’s a Pro Bowl quarterback and on and on and on, and this is the way they act, then OK, that’s the way we do it here.’

Corry: The soundest way to build a football team is for you to build through the draft, hit on your draft picks and when you hit on those guys, extend them so they never hit the open market, you get them at a better value and you have more cap flexibility, and also augment the team through free agency. Not build through free agency, but augment through free agency. That’s the soundest way to build a team. And that seems to be the way Jon Robinson’s going.


A really telling statement from Reese on our cap situation and the future:

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Wolf's Question/Statement - When does it make the most sense to sign Lewan and Mariota to extensions? And it’s a no-brainer to pick up Lewan’s fifth-year option before the early May deadline, especially because he was the 11th overall pick, right?

Corry: Oh, yeah, which is the best value in the draft because the top 10 picks (are paid) the transition tag number for the year. For 11 through 32 it’s the average of the third- through 25th-highest contract (of players at that position), so that’s the perfect spot, 11. So it’s going to be cheaper than it would be if he’d been one pick higher. Yeah, you pick up the fifth year option for a good player, regardless, and then you can use that as leverage against him for the longterm deal.

And that price point is going to be cheaper than what it costs for a good left tackle, because we’ve seen the left tackle market explode, where you’ve got guys who are slightly above average at best, and I’m being generous in that categorization, getting $12-$13 million per year with $25-$26 million guaranteed. … What are you going to have to pay Lewan? And probably the sooner you do it, the better off you’re going to be because you normally get a better deal when you have a good to great player, doing it early.

Reese: Vin Marino, who is the cap guy there, I’ve known Vin for 20 years, and he is outstanding. If I know Vin right, he’s got a budget set up for the next three, five, seven years, whatever. And he’s looking at it and he’s saying, ‘We have this much money, which is good.’ But how much is a Pro Bowl left tackle going to cost you? How much is a franchise quarterback going to cost you? And you start adding all these contract up, and if you’re not very, very careful at how you budget it, all of a sudden you’re sitting in a situation where you’ve got 15 unrestricted free agents and no money. And that’s when your team gets destroyed.[


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Wolf's Question/Statement - That’s when you’re up against the cap and you’ve got to let really good players walk.

Reese: And you can’t replace them. That’s what we went through way back when. Now that was a different situation — we knew because we were stretching it as far as we could, and not near the amount of money we’re talking about now and not near the increases, and we had made some good draft choices. All of these good drafts that you have, imagine when Conklin, when Henry, when Byard, when all of these guys get to a point that they’re on the fourth or fifth year, and maybe you can’t sign them. All of a sudden a $2 million contract becomes $12 million. I know this — I know Vin Marino has it all figured out, and whenever they start negotiating it, it will be at the best time, to do what is best for the club. You can’t let these things happen. You have to make them happen.


Full interview - http://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/nfl/titans/2017/03/31/titans-roster-building-strategy-floyd-reese-ex-agent/99663682/
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:40 am    Post subject: Re: An interesting Q&A with Floyd Reese and Joel Corry Reply with quote

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Wolf's Question/Statement - And so chemistry has to factor in. It’s not just about making the financials work, or even the Xs and Os.

Reese: Right. Everybody in that locker room knows Logan’s contract, knows what it is. And so the first time they see him, the first time they’re around him, they’re saying, ‘OK, Jon Robinson thinks enough of this guy to pay him all that money. Now what kind of guy is he?’ Well all of a sudden you realize this guy is perfect. This guy does everything that you want. Well, everybody looks at that and goes, ‘Hey, OK, that’s the way we do it around here. You’ve got to be like that.’

By the same token, if that guy comes in there as off-the-wall and won’t practice and he’s griping about everything and made at the coaches, well that also establishes your locker room. I’ll say this now, in two years, in my belief, that Titans locker room will be so strong and so tight, that you can bring a guy, you can maybe take a risk on a guy like that and bring him in. Because he’s going to walk in and he’s going to see, ‘Jeez, there’s an All-Pro left tackle, there’s an All-Pro right tackle, there’s a Pro Bowl defensive end, there’s a Pro Bowl corner, there’s a Pro Bowl quarterback and on and on and on, and this is the way they act, then OK, that’s the way we do it here.’

Corry: The soundest way to build a football team is for you to build through the draft, hit on your draft picks and when you hit on those guys, extend them so they never hit the open market, you get them at a better value and you have more cap flexibility, and also augment the team through free agency. Not build through free agency, but augment through free agency. That’s the soundest way to build a team. And that seems to be the way Jon Robinson’s going.





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PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty much agreed with what everyone who didn't think the sky was falling said.

I'm still surprised Sylvester Williams got as much as he did, but looking at the contract it could potentially be a 1 year 7 million dollar contract with 2 million dead cap. Personally, I just don't know what this signing was for. He's being paid too much for depth and the DL has been fairly solid. He's not known as a pass-rusher, which is the only thing our DL really needs to add. Don't care for it.
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