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Old 11-15-2004, 08:21 AM  
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Should Priest do us a favor and retire?

I honestly don't think the guy will last much more than 2 years if we keep having to rely on him so much. He's already breaking down at midseason.

Will we be Super Bowl contenders next year? Can we import enough new talent on D and still keep the O fresh enough and productive enough to turn it around in one season?

If Priest is here next year, it appears safe to assume that Blaylock is GONE. Carl won't be able/willing to match competing offers for his services, and DB probably wouldn't stick around as a No. 2 anyway. So we're potentially looking at losing our two best RBs in the next 2 years, leaving us with Larry Johnson as the future.

Now, maybe Larry really is the real deal, and all that talent is just itching to come out with regular play. But I seriously can't believe he's capable of making those quick cuts and bursts for extra yards that Priest and Blaylock can. Maybe he will succeed as a different kind of back; one can only hope.

So IF you think we won't be SB competitors next year, and IF you think Blaylock gives us a better chance of winning in the future than LJ, would it be better for the franchise if Priest hangs it up after this season? Or would it be possible to trade him and open a spot for Blaylock while potentially improving the D? In other words, is it possible that Priest is (gasp) an impediment to the long-term success of the franchise given his age and mileage?

And I don't ask that in a malicious way. I'm trying to be as realistic and practical as possible. Yeah, it's cold and cutthroat, but that's the NFL. It just seems to me that circumstances may be converging on us in the worst possible way -- we have a great RB whose clock is ticking, his replacement is about to leave via FA, and the "RBotF" that we're forced to keep may very well be a bust. All of this is happening at the same time the D has finally and convincingly been exposed as needing a complete personnel overhaul and the offense needs some upgrades to stay productive as well.

In short, we appear screwed.
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Old 11-15-2004, 08:28 AM   #2
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There was a thread last night saying that we should trade him.
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Old 11-15-2004, 08:30 AM   #3
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This predicament simply emphasizes how bad a judge of talent this organization is. Blaylock is better than Johnson. They'll let Blaylock go and keep Johnson because they have no idea. I DON'T WANT JOHNSON PERIOD. Blaylock stays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-15-2004, 08:35 AM   #4
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Why should Priest retire? He's the one of the best, if not the best all round RB in football. He certainly has the best vision ans is the best at scoring TD's. As good a sBlaylock was yesterday, he wasn't near the force that Priest is near the goal line.

Next year, the Offense can be better than this year if we get a legit #1 WR and develop a legit RT.

On _efense, we need a legit MLB, CB and Safety tandum. Course, maybe we can get better Safety play from some players currently on the roster. I certainly doesn't seem like it would be that difficult as Woods is just a body out there.

Having said that, it's going to be tough to get everything we need. That's why you fall behind when you stand pat because you simply need too much to make up for what you didn't acquire...
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Old 11-15-2004, 09:29 AM   #5
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I honestly don't think the guy will last much more than 2 years if we keep having to rely on him so much. He's already breaking down at midseason.
I wouldn't call Priest "broke down." He's had an incredible few years at being able to take care of himself physically. How can you forget the hip recovery and the discipline he demonstrated. HE'S A RUNNING BACK. HE WILL GET NICKED UP IN SIXTEEN GAME SEASON.
Maybe he could have gone yesterday, but why not rest him? I agree that Priest's own words on the subject of his future are somewhat cryptic, but he's still the "man." I'm betting there's some good reasons for him to continue to play:

according to warpath.com
Priest Holmes' Salary
2004 -660,000
2005 -2,415,000
2006 -3,250,000
2007 -4,000,000
2008 -5,000,000
2009 -6,500,000


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Old 11-15-2004, 09:30 AM   #6
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In a word, yes.

He will be 32. I'd prefer Blaylock and LJ to battle it out next year.
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Old 11-15-2004, 09:38 AM   #7
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You hope to make the team better by having its best player retire? That does not compute.
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Old 11-15-2004, 09:41 AM   #8
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You hope to make the team better by having its best player retire? That does not compute.
I know it sounds wacky, but look at the record of 32 yr old players.....who've had as many touches as Priest has gotten. If he stays, we probably lose both Blaylock and Johnson. And we start over at RB. Not good.

On the other hand, Priest has defied all logic and odds every step of his impressive career. So, I'll leave it to him...
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Old 11-15-2004, 09:42 AM   #9
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No Priest should not retire. However, Carl should be talking with Blaylock's agent RIGHT NOW trying to get an extension worked out.


BTW, at this point in the season, if we sign our players right now to extensions, does the bonus get added to this years cap or next years?
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Old 11-15-2004, 09:42 AM   #10
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I am really hoping that CP or who ever decides to keep Blaylock. (get a deal done now) I think LJ is ruined already. The chip on his shoulder will never be knocked off.

Priest is such an enigma that nobody knows what he is going to do. I would love to see him play a few more years but I think family is starting to look mighty important to him and quality of life is definately on his mind.

He is such a planner and goal oriented guy he got his payday and can live comfortably so who knows what he will do.
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BTW, at this point in the season, if we sign our players right now to extensions, does the bonus get added to this years cap or next years?
Great question; since we got $7 million SITTIN' there, might as well put it to good use....

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Old 11-15-2004, 09:46 AM   #12
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No Priest should not retire. However, Carl should be talking with Blaylock's agent RIGHT NOW trying to get an extension worked out.


BTW, at this point in the season, if we sign our players right now to extensions, does the bonus get added to this years cap or next years?
We could use some of that $6 million that they have under the cap to resign blaylock.
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Old 11-15-2004, 09:47 AM   #13
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You hope to make the team better by having its best player retire? That does not compute.
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Why should Priest retire? He's the one of the best, if not the best all round RB in football. He certainly has the best vision ans is the best at scoring TD's. As good a sBlaylock was yesterday, he wasn't near the force that Priest is near the goal line.

Next year, the Offense can be better than this year if we get a legit #1 WR and develop a legit RT.

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Having said that, it's going to be tough to get everything we need. That's why you fall behind when you stand pat because you simply need too much to make up for what you didn't acquire...
You are also assuming the OLine will be successful next year. I see a very good line, but I see one that is aging rapidly. Look at them toward the end of a game. Last year, 3 men would have never gotten to Green in the 4th quarter as they did last week.
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Old 11-15-2004, 09:49 AM   #15
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I don't think Priest should retire, but if Blaylock can handle more of the load, I would definitely limit Priest's carries and keep him healthy for the redzone plays.
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