12th_Bob wrote:Clemons held out "kind of' and got that extension before playing his final year, 2012.
I think Freeney would be a good fit for LEO or Irvin's situational role, perhaps they could both rotate? I don't think Schneider will make a reactionary move like that. They will add someone who everyone doesn't see as a starter like Clemons was before we traded for him. They would probably be more interested in a teams practice squad player listed as OLB/DE before paying big cash to Freeney. Freeney would need to get a contract like 2 mil a year max from Seattle for it to make sense. Don't see it happening, but not because I don't think Freeney could play the Irvin role.
I say, let Irvin play full time Leo and pick up another potential guy that can take Irvin's spot from last year or rotate with Irvin at Clemons spot. You drafted him to be the LEO, don't throw him under the bus after one season, one game against the top seed in the NFC.
Yeah, but the team is built to make a run now
. Building through the draft time is over. That's not to say we can't keep
building and developing through the draft, but the starters are all here and are all entering the primes of their careers. It's GO
time. That "next year" that we've all been waiting for is here... THIS year.
I agree that all that Irvin is missing at this point is reps, but unlike Russell last year (2012), I don't think we can afford to let Irvin take his lumps developing in-game. Let Irvin play (hell, let Irvin START) but if Clem isn't available, we'd be better served by having a proven vet who can rotate in and get the job done in situations where Irvin may struggle.