offseason Kirk

I did this off-season plan on Fanspeak to see what I could put together...and I figured I’d throw it up here. It’s not too polished...far from perfect...and I really don't know anything about contract numbers...but it’s kinda fun.


I started by cutting the following players:


Harrison Smith

Marcus Davenport

Dean Lowry

Nick Mullens

Kene Nwangwu

Blake Lynch

Blake Proehl

Jordon Scott

T.Y. McGill


Then I re-signed the following players:


Dalton Risner – 2 years @ $3,200,000/year

Austin Schlottmann – 3 years @ $2,250,000/year

Danielle Hunter - 4 years @ $17,500,000/year

Jordan Hicks – 2 years @ $2,400,000/year

Greg Joseph – 1 year @ $1,600,000


*Thoughts: Re-signing Risner and Schlottmann gives us some consistency and flexibility going into the draft. Hunter costs big bucks...but that’s the nature of top edge rushers. Hicks provides a veteran presence on a short deal.


In free agency, I signed the following players:


Gardner Minshew – 2 years @ $7,875,000 / year

Javon Kinlaw – 4 years @ $8,250,000 / year

Bryce Huff – 4 years @ $10,500,000 / year

Jourdan Lewis – 4 years @ $10,125,000 / year


*Quarterback Thoughts: I did not re-sign Cousins. I’m not necessarily against re-signing Cousins. But, I’m not interested in spending a ton of money on him. I attempted to sign Ryan Tannehill, but I was outbid by Carolina. (If I remember correctly, the Panthers gave him a 3-Year contract for $90 million. My offer was $50 million for two years.) So, Minshew is our bridge guy. I’ll be looking for a quarterback in the draft.


*Defense Thoughts: Kinlaw and Huff help solidify the defensive front...Kinlaw in the interior and Huff on the outside. Lewis steps in as a starting corner. Kinlaw and Lewis have had to deal with injuries, which—along with playing on loaded defenses in SF & DAL—limited their production. Huff may demand more money than I paid. But Fanspeak let me have him for 10.5 mil per year. So I took him. The defense would look better with these three.


Draft Trades:


MIN sent Rd. 1 (11) to JAX for Rd. 1 (17) & Rd. 2 (16)

MIN sent Rd. 2 (10), Rd. 4 (8) & Rd. 6 (1) to CAR for Rd. 2 (1)

MIN sent Rd. 2 (16) to CLE for Rd. 2 (22) & Rd. 5 (1)


Draft Picks:


1 (17) QB Michael Penix Jr. – Washington

2 (1) DL Byron Murphy – Texas

2 (22) S Kamren Kinchens – Miami

4 (29) OT Julian Pearl – Illinois

5 (1) CB Johnny Dixon – Penn St.

5 (22) S Sione Vaki

5 (31) EDGE Marshawn Kneeland – Western Michigan

6 (12) C Kingsley Eguakun – Florida

7 (23) RB Dylan Laube – New Hampshire

7 (23) G Ladarius Henderson – Michigan


*Draft Thoughts: I like Penix...watched him all year...cheered for him all year...and would love to see him in Minny. Maybe Penix to Jefferson could be the second coming of Cunningham to Moss. (Big dream, I know.) In any case, in this scenario Penix gets to learn the offense and get comfortable with the NFL behind Minshew before eventually getting his shot. Byron Murphy was available going into the second I took the hype/bait and traded up to get him. And, while Kneeland isn’t at the top of the draft class for edge rushers...his motor is legit. Living in Kalamazoo, I watched the WMU Broncos struggle through a tough first season under a new coaching staff. Kneeland fought and fought and fought. There’s no quit in him...and he’s looking good at the senior bowl (from what I’ve read). Meanwhile, Kamren Kinchens and Johnny Dixon bring athleticism, physicality, and competition to the defensive secondary...which should be good for the young corners and safeties that will be fighting for spots. Julian Pearl is an attempt to address the departure of Oli Udoh and prepare for a potential loss of Brian O’Neill next year. (I’m not sure if this is a real thing, but I think I’ve heard people talking about it.) Sione Vaki and Dylan Laube are the sort of football players that I remember Bill Belichick falling in love with. I have only watched Laube in highlight reels...but I remember watching Vaki play both sides of the ball this past season and dominate games as a safety, running back, and receiver out of the backfield. Laube could be the new Nwangwu. Vaki could find a role somewhere...just check him out. Finally, Kingsley Eguakun and Ladarius Henderson bring needed competition to the interior.


Rough Roster:


After the draft, the team would still have about $3.8 million in cap space to find a wide receiver, tight end, and/or linebacker. Apart from those three positions, the team looks pretty good from my perspective. Apart from any UDFAs who might snag roster spots and late free-agent adds, it would look something like this:



QB: Gardner Minshew, Michael Penix Jr., Jaren Hall

RB: Alexander Mattison, Tyson Chandler, DeWayne McBride, Dylan Laube

FB: CJ Hamm

WR: Justin Jefferson, Jordan Addison, Jailon Nailor, Daylen Baldwin, Lucky Jackson

TE: TJ Hockenson, Josh Oliver

OL: Christian Darrisaw, Dalton Risner, Garrett Bradbury, Ed Ingram, Brian O’Neill, Austin Schlottmann, Julian Pearl, Kingsley Eguakun, Ladarius Henderson, Coy Cronk, Tyrese Robinson, Henry Byrd



DL: Byron Murphy, Harrison Phillips, Javon Kinlaw, Jaquelin Roy

EDGE: Danielle Hunter, Bryce Huff, Patrick Jones, Andre Carter II, Marshawn Kneeland

LB: Ivan Pace, Jordan Hicks, Brian Asamoah, William Kwenkeu, Abraham Beauplan

CB: Jourdan Lewis, Byron Murphy, Mekhi Blackmon, Andrew Booth, Akayleb Evans, Johnny Dixon, NaJee Thompson, Joejuan Williams

S: Josh Metellus, Camryn Bynum, Jay Ward, Lewis Cine, Kamren Kinchens, Sione Vaki

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