The key word in your response: HAD. All in the past.StumpHunter wrote: ↑Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:17 pmYou are right, we didn't want those guys anyway!!!J. Kapp 11 wrote: ↑Fri Mar 20, 2020 3:30 pm
But look at WHO is leaving.
Rhodes -- declining fast.
Waynes -- is gonna be WAY overpaid in Cincy.
Alexander -- an attitude problem from the day he was drafted, hence why a solid starting slot corner could only get $4 million from a bottom-feeder.
Griffen -- turns 33 before the end of the season, and opted OUT of a contract that would have paid him north of $10 million.
Sendejo -- who cares?
Joseph -- turns 32, big contract, replaced by a younger, better version of himself in Michael Pierce.
Diggs -- tough loss, but a LOT received in return for someone who didn't want to be here.
Kline -- I'll agree, this one is a head-scratcher.
All these guys except Kline and Alexander have been with the Vikings for at least 5 years, as have Barr, Hunter, Kendricks, Harris, Smith, Thielen, Rudolph, etc. It's not a surprise that guys age out, move on, etc. after that much time. In my opinion, none of these moves is crippling except if we can't replace Diggs' production. Most of the others are not a huge deal, and we may actually upgrade. Honestly Holton Hill could have given us as much as the suddenly pathetic Rhodes did last year.
I would not be surprised if the Vikings' defense is better next year. And if they can replace Diggs' production and somehow improve the line, the offense might, too. A lot depends on injuries.
The three guys cut I see your point. Rhodes and Joseph were not performing up to their contract and Kline is still the below average RG with 0 upside who was cut from TN last year.
Diggs, Griffen, Waynes, and Alexander all had solid to elite years to elite years though. We would be a better team long term, not just in the short term, if they had been retained.
Waynes was not elite. Solid, maybe, but $14 million is elite-level money, which he isn't.
Griffen was good, but not elite anymore. And he's 33. Plus, HE opted out. I'll be shocked if anybody gives him what his Vikings contract called for. And ... I still won't be surprised if he returns.
Alexander -- seriously, good riddance to both him and Kearse. I hate malcontents, especially selfish ones. We can't have guys who don't buy in, no matter how solid they are.
Speaking of malcontents -- I loved Diggs. Really did. You have to love a guy who came as unheralded as he did and made such an immediate, yet lasting impact. And I agree, if he had been retained AND was happy, the team would have been better off. But for whatever reason, he soured on the program. Not enough targets apparently. Something. I wish it wasn't that way, but since it was, I'm happy with the haul we got for him. I'd love to see us take Denzel Mims from Baylor in the first. Big and fast at 6-3 and a sub-4.4 40.