Originally Posted by grux
Because they are both free safety's. I would rather have a physical strong safety. I would only be interested in Reed if he signed for the vet minimum.
I think people take 'only interested in ___ if he comes for the min' a bit too far.
So if Reed said "I'll play for you for 1 year 3 million' you'd pass? How about 1 year, 1.5m?
I get passing on 2 years, 10 million. I'm borderline on that -- I'd do it if it can be turned into a 1 year / 5 million contract by cutting him if he plays poorly.
But if it were 1 year 3 mil, or 2/6 I'd be super happy.
In my opinion a strong safety is over-rated on this team. The front seven is good enough at stopping the run but they all suck in coverage. Would be nice if our safety could occasional blitz the qb -- but I'm more interested in taking away the deep ball and making it more difficult for opponents on intermediate routes.
If they had a guy like Reed covering the deep ball, it would also be interesting to see if they could get more creative with McCourty -- having him and Talib swap coverages mid-play, etc to confuse the qb. Or if Travis develops into a competent safety, McCourty remains starting safety but becomes a CB on nickel packages.