Your Bills are doing the exact opposite in this draft, they will be trying to get Fitz more weapons, I see Cordarrelle Patterson in your future... Trust me, that's not a bad thing.
Also, if the Jags for some stupid reason pass up on that monster from Florida Shariff Floyd, he has Black and Silver written all over him, I doubt he gets passed up though.
As a Browns fan I'd be pretty disappointed if they took another corner. They need a difference maker up front on defense and in a draft full of them I can't justify taking a corner. I still shudder thinking about the first round pick they flushed down the toilet last year on Weeden.
Milliner is one of their top targets at the moment. If they are able to steal Paul Kruger from Baltimore like I believe they want to, then I wouldn't be surprised or upset to see them snag Milliner at 6 if he is available. Milliner and Haden (with that defensive staff) could be very strong tandem.
Solid argument, and completely agree it's a passing league. I think that taking Millner wouldn't be a horrible pick in that light. But my concern still stands. They don't have an anchor or a formidable, game changing pass rusher. You can have the best corners in the league but if you can't put pressure on the quarterback then it won't matter, someone will get open. Putting pressure on the quarterback consistently is the tried and true way to stopping the leagues best qb's, e.g. Giants over Pats, Niners over Packers. I mean, the Niners are actually the perfect example. Plug in a capable corner and that pass rush can make them look like Pro Bowlers because they force bad throws that are easily picked off. I totally see what you're saying and think that either way, as long as they grab a defensive difference maker and don't go off the wall and try and draft some sexy receiver, they won't go wrong.
Yeah, that's not going to backfire. As someone who loathes the Ravens, I couldn't be happier they made this deal.
For your health
Anyway, I like talking to Raiders fans...y'all understand perennial suckiness. Not too many fans can relate to constant kicks in the nuts like we can.
When did I say he hasn't done anything? I know he has been a solid QB and I've been a fan of him since day one. That doesn't change the fact I still don't think he is a top 5 QB in the league nor does he deserve to be the highest paid player in history. And yes I'm pretty sure it will only last until Rodgers becomes a free agent in two years.
Come on guys, you know these "highest paid player in the history of the NFL" contracts are all about timing, the dude was fucking flawless in the playoffs and hoisted the Lombardi as well as the MVP trophies less than a month ago, he deserves what he's getting as of right now and time will tell if he is THAT good. I can tell you that his numbers are up there with the best of them, is he worth more than Manning, Brady, or Rodgers? Fuck no, but his accolades are very relevant right now, I suspect Aaron Rodgers and/or Matt Ryan will be in the same position next year and will best his 20.1 million dollar average and get 20.2 and 3/4's.
I give Flacco a ton of credit for having balls of steel last off season when he told the Ravens who pretty much offered him a Matt Schaub/Tony Romo contract to go fuck themselves and went on record to tell everybody he was the best QB in the NFL, I'm sure his teammates found that to be pretty admirable.
He's made it to the playoffs all five seasons, he's had some pretty fucked up offenses to deal with, has played on a team that has historically been known for it's defense, and for the most part has been one of the best Qb's on the road in the playoffs. Homeboy plays well when it matters most, hell even Eli won his two super bowls with 10-6 and 9-7 mediocre teams and never followed up those super bowls with a playoff berth and he's considered "elite".
I'm not saying he should be the highest paid player in the NFL, what I am saying is given his very recent superiority with one of the better playoff runs by a QB in recent memory, timing of his free agency eligibility, and a very solid five seasons (post season is what counts), I am not surprised in any way shape or form that they gave him a big contract... It's all about timing and relevance, and dude is pretty fucking hot right now.
Also, the motherfucker is 28 YEARS OLD!!!
It's really in Flacco's best interest to not demand so much money in a year where they are struggling with cap space unless he just wants the biggest pay check. If they don't continue success, his contract will be one of the first to be looked at. More cap room = able to sign/retain better players = more Super Bowls.
It's just an endless stupid cycle with NFL contracts. Player has good year, gets huge contract. OR free agent player gets overpaid (Meachem). Sets standard for superior players at his position who say "I'm better than him, I deserve more." (For this year, Meachem). Salary cap looms, players take pay cuts while others get cut. Rinse and repeat.
Interestingly enough, out of all the over $100 million contracts, the most actually paid out was $54 mil to Favre.
Ozzie Newsome: Joe, we'd like to offer you $18 million a year for five years. I think you'll agree that's fair.
Joe Flacco: But I've led this team to the playoffs every year I've been with the team. If Lee Evans could catch we would have went to the Super Bowl last year.
Ozzie Newsome: You're very important to this team but let's be realistic. You're a slightly above average quarterback and that's what we believe you deserve.
Joe Flacco: I disagree, I'm one of the best QBs in the league and I want my contract to reflect that.
Ozzie Newsome: Very well, Joe, we can revisit this next off-season. If you want to be paid like an elite quarterback I suggest you win the division, beat Peyton Manning and Tom Brady on their home fields in the playoffs then deliver Baltimore its second championship while winning Super Bowl MVP honors.
Joe Flacco: Any thing else?
Ozzie Newsome: Yes, you can't commit a single turnover in the post season.
Joe Flacco: Gotcha.
Ozzie Newsome: Oh, and you must at least tie the post-season record for touchdown passes without an interception.
Joe Flacco: Cool. We'll talk after the Super Bowl.
*based upon tedious fact checking.