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 Post subject: You're the GM... would you take the deal?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:55 am 
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Earl Thomas for Marcus Gilbert.

Thomas Age 28, Gilbert 29

Thomas under contract for one year at 10M. Gilbert under contract for two years at $7.3M & $6.6M

You'd have to cut Mike Mitchell and sign Hubbard to be your starter for the time being, with Feiler and Hawkins behind him.

You'd have a shot to extend Thomas, especially if the Bell contract is done.

Seattle might take this deal... Gilbert would be their best OL and Thomas wants out.


Do you pull the trigger?

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 Post subject: Re: You're the GM... would you take the deal?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:59 am 
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bradshaw2ben wrote:
Earl Thomas for Marcus Gilbert.

Thomas Age 28, Gilbert 29

Thomas under contract for one year at 10M. Gilbert under contract for two years at $7.3M & $6.6M

You'd have to cut Mike Mitchell and sign Hubbard to be your starter for the time being, with Feiler and Hawkins behind him.

You'd have a shot to extend Thomas, especially if the Bell contract is done.

Seattle might take this deal... Gilbert would be their best OL and Thomas wants out.


Do you pull the trigger?



I dont think I would compromise our O-line at this point in Ben's career. Hubbard is a great guy to have for depth - he becomes a starter and next man up becomes an uncertainty.


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 Post subject: Re: You're the GM... would you take the deal?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:12 pm 
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Deal!

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 Post subject: Re: You're the GM... would you take the deal?
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I’d take any deal where Mitchell is cut.

I live in Seattle, and most of the die hard are split on Thomas. Some want younger and not to give Thomas 3C, others want the whole damn defense blown up except Thomas.

Funny, Seattle fired pretty much all of their coordinators and assistants. They replaced the DC even though their defense was pretty good last season. Keith Butler could openly piss on Dan Rooney’s grave and he’d still have a job the next day.


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 Post subject: Re: You're the GM... would you take the deal?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:20 pm 
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Back of napkin math:

Steelers are currently $2.8m over the Cap

- Cutting Mitchell saves $6.3
- Dealing Gilbert cuts another $7.3
- Adding Thomas roughly balances out this equation and the Steelers are right at the Cap ceiling.

How do you sign Hubbard and Bell in this scenario?

Basically, I'm asking what happens with Shazier's cap hit, because that's $8.7m.

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 Post subject: Re: You're the GM... would you take the deal?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:23 pm 
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No.

And I think FS is the Steelers 2nd biggest need

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 Post subject: Re: You're the GM... would you take the deal?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:32 pm 
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Several questions first.

1. Is Thomas 100%! recovered and healthy?
2. How much does it take to sign 49ers S, Eric Reid?
3. How much will it piss off Pouncey, Ben and Joe Haden?

If the answers are 1) Yes, 2) close to the same as Thomas, and 3) Mad - but understand it's business; then I do it.

If Reid can be had for 50-75% of what (a 100% healthy) Thomas would require, then I keep Gilbert and go get Reid.


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 Post subject: Re: You're the GM... would you take the deal?
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I have trust in munchak to develop the next man up after Hubbard so i do the deal.


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 Post subject: Re: You're the GM... would you take the deal?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:53 pm 
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No.

And I think FS is the Steelers 2nd biggest need

Interesting. I know you love both players, but I'm surprised nonetheless.

I'm pretty sure Shazier will retire. It negates the entirety of his cap hit and yet still opens the possibility that he could un-retire at some point in the future.

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 Post subject: Re: You're the GM... would you take the deal?
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Aren’t they expecting Reid to be black balled because of his protesting?


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