Teqneek wrote:I guess I'm not seeing why we cut our special teams record holder? Solid field position player, to have our potential 10 mil a year receiver return kicks, and not have a nice solid 3rd back as an option. When for the same money we can say good by to Ben Obomanu and a few others, that would make just more of a logical impact from a salary standard vs removing our spark in the Special teams department to remove the same cap.
Criticial Success Player vs 30 percent Snap guys (one highly overpaid)
How often did you see Leon in the game on offense on 3rd down? Pretty much never, rarer still in truly meaningful game situations. Leon has no material value left on offense, and he's not a coverage guy on ST's. His sole value is as a returner, and that value is significantly diminshed now with the lower % of returnable KO's due to the rule changing the KO line to the 35. Furthermore, players whose success is entirely predicated on their speed and athleticism customarily drop off a cliff once they hit the wrong side of 30, and Leon will be 31 when this season starts. He can still be a solid-average (or better) return man for a little while longer, but a $2.875M cap number for a post-prime return specialist with diminished opportunities who doesn't contribute elsewhere is not a savvy investment of cap space or a roster spot. Esp. when you have a guy in Harvin who would have led the league in KOR average by a mile if he'd had enough returns to qualifiy, not to mention other options such as Tate, Lane, Thurmond, et al who don't require a dedicated roster spot amongst the 53 just to return kicks and punts. The Seahawks have gotten just about everything they could have hoped for out of Leon during his 3 seasons here, but given his age, cap charge, and diminished role, bleeding that turnip no longer makes a lot of sense.