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An insider’s guide to gaming the player market. Plus: four moves that could boost four Super Bowl contenders.

By Mike Lombardi -- The Ringer

Did you know the 2017 NFL season starts in two weeks? Maybe you won’t have your fantasy draft for another six months, but the real season kicks off when teams start rebuilding, repairing, and restoring their rosters with signings, trades, and draft picks. Some of those moves will inevitably turn out perfectly fine. But with so many new coaches and decision-makers in power, as well as an unforgiving salary cap that has left more veterans unemployed than ever before, expect to see many more offseason decisions that make us say, “WHAT????”

Free agency comes first, usually with a frenzy of moves in the first few days. The media love grading those free-agency acquisitions based on how THEY assessed every team’s needs — like the website that gave last year’s Jags a “B+” because they “came into free agency looking to make a splash, and they have done just that.” Actually, the Jags’ only 2016 splash was firing head coach Gus Bradley after a road game in Houston.

That’s why you won’t see me grading free agency, as much as I enjoy reading everyone else’s takes. I don’t subscribe to the “collection of assets” school of thinking for free agents. My philosophy centers on a willingness to use every conceivable avenue to procure talent all year long — not just in March and April. Here are my four rules for free agency.

Full Article -- The Ringer
 

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You can insert the Saints where he talks about the Giants needing to sign Larry Warford.
 

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Funny we got mentioned for the Fleener Deal. If you want to know the importance of the Joker role in the offense just look at the deals we shelled out to Fleener/Spiller in subsequent years.

Knowing we missed on Spiller we tried to make up for it with Fleener. Now that we know what we've got with Fleener I wonder how we'll look to rectify it.
 

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hopefully sp reads this article.......especially the part about staying with one system and getting players who fit that system.....let da acquire the coaches and players that fit his defensive system and give it time to work.......the saints can't continue to change defenses every other year and be stuck with players who don't fit the new system
 

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hopefully sp reads this article.......especially the part about staying with one system and getting players who fit that system.....let da acquire the coaches and players that fit his defensive system and give it time to work.......the saints can't continue to change defenses every other year and be stuck with players who don't fit the new system
Quoted for truth.
 

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DA has done a wonderful job maximizing on players output. Look at how many defensive players did better than expected. I can think of at least 4 or 5. The fact that our defense got better and played 17,312 different DBs means something. Once we get better talent, and stay healthy, our D will get better. SP is well known for keeping players and coaches a little too long more so than too short...... He kept RR a year longer than most would have.
 

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DA has done a wonderful job maximizing on players output. Look at how many defensive players did better than expected. I can think of at least 4 or 5. The fact that our defense got better and played 17,312 different DBs means something. Once we get better talent, and stay healthy, our D will get better. SP is well known for keeping players and coaches a little too long more so than too short...... He kept RR a year longer than most would have.
if we had a healthy d last year it wouldve looked so much better. picking up street FAs mid season to play in the secondary would kill any d. hopefully this year theyll stay healthy.
 

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I think this is spot-on:

The Chiefs need to replace the once-great Derrick Johnson, who fell off because of age and injuries (and not coincidentally, took Kansas City’s defensive ceiling with him). Adding Buffalo’s Zach Brown improves their speed and tackling; he’s one of the fastest linebackers out there. One golden rule to remember: When your middle linebacker slows down, so does your defense.
 

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Perfection:
Zeitler, Brown, Johnson/Bouye

Good:
Warford, Minter, Gilmore/Ryan

Meh:
Warmack, Klein/Hodges, Claiborne/Webster/Kirkpatrick
 

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