I know, the season isn't over but many of us have realize this team isn't winning the super bowl this year, so its tough to not think how we can add some much needed pieces this offseason. Aside from the draft, where too much goes on before hand to know what certain teams will do, we can look at Free Agency and think of some players that will be available as things currently stand for us.
We all know that we need a tight end to compliment Fasano and stretch the field and I think there is one in Owen Daniels. I know he has a history of ACL injuries but the guy is a serious talent when healthy and he seems to be recovered from his surgery that happened last season. Houston's offense is pretty legit and they have Joel Dressen who has been producing for them in his absence, so I don't think Houston will go crazy in trying to sign him when their clear problem is Defense. To go along with Daniels, is Jacoby Jones. A serious deep threat with very good speed who returns kicks and compliments andre johnson real well. I mean i know its hard not to compliment the best WR in the NFL but he def has better hands then Ginn ever did, i know its not saying much but hes a pretty good WR and has good return ability. Im sure i'm not the only one who remembered him returning a KO for a touchdown against us (i think it was last year but not 100% sure).
Lastly, my personal favorite free agent who I think we have a realistic chance of signing, Tim Hightower. Now before you jump, here me out. This guy is averaging 5 yards per carry this year with a bad o-line and an awful QB...sound familiar? He runs very hard and has great burst to compliment his 6'0 220 frame. All this and he has great hands out of the backfield and caught 63 passes last year. The best part is, he is only 3 years in the leage and 24 years old. I think with Beanie Wells and that team focusing on getting a new QB, there is a good chance we might be able to go after him. To be honest, i much rather throw a few extra dollars at a proven back who is so young then waste a draft pick on an unsure player when that pick can go to a more dire need like O-line. I honestly hope we use our first two picks on 0-line unless our first pick is Mallet or Luck. With a dominating o-line, you don't need the tight end to block as much or the RB to pass protect and can have more weapons out there and take some of the double team off Brandon Marshall and Davone Bess. Either Ricky or Ronnie, or both are gone after this year and although I like Hilliard, I think if we kept one of them for a year or two more and had hightower, then drafted a RB late or next year and let him develop, we can really set ourselves in that position for the future.
I know we all can dream and hope we sign Woodley and Mankins but lets be honest, we spent a lot of money last offseason and getting those players just might be too difficult especially since we NEEEEEEEDDDDD! to sign Soliai to a long term extension!
Let me know your thoughts and if you feel there are other players we should potentially target....