Current Second Contract long-term Starters
Keepers at almost any cost rookies (next contract):
Aging Veteran Starters who are year-to-year
First contract starters/significant contributors with something to prove
Backup players who could become significant with playing time
I'm probably missing people . . . but put the first two lists together, and you've got 13 names . . . from the 3rd group I think all are replaceable as their contracts come off the books, freeing up significant money. From the 4th group we need at least one of the guards to become long term starters and join the top 18 or so. I think you can tell from the salaries of Harvin and Rice that Tate and Baldwin are on the outside, looking in long term. And Browner and Kam could be considered expendable and replacable with lower cost alternatives.
That's a really good overview. Pretty accurate I think. Since there are some high paydays coming up,
do you think the Harvin trade might be an "all in" move while these players are together?
Choices in free agency and the draft will probably be an indicator.