I gotta say, it sure does feel like Grier has learned from the mistakes of the past. One of the things that I am most impressed with is his ability to sign younger guys who are scheme versatile and 3 years deals. Everything about this screams intelligence. First of all, it is a given that no GM will hit on 100% of his free agents. From the outset, it appears that most of the deals have the first two years guaranteed meaning we can get out from these contracts fairly easily. Gone are the days in which we have to hang on and keep hoping that eventually these guys can turn it around. Moreover, many of these guys were first round picks (the talent is clearly there) that seem to be coming around as of late. That being said, there is a real up-side potential. I also think that these players are in good situations too. Most of these guys will get paid again (probably not by us), so they are highly motivated. If you look at a lot of the two and three year contracts we gave, they are around the $10 million mark. If these guys perform, they could stand to make significantly more. I don't expect to see the Mario Williams of the world where they get paid and essentially pack it in. Also, you are seeing Flores's mark being made on this team as he is signing a lot of guys with position flexibility. A couple other things I wanna talk about: The Big Gamble - Byron Jones did break the bank, but I do think I would have rather had Bradberry's contract. I do think that this is the one contract that we did sign that could really wind up hurting us if it is a disaster. That being said, Jones has had a longer track record that Braberry. He has essentially been solid since he entered the league. Jones has the position flexibility that Flores likes, and he does not seem like the diva that many top corners are. The downside is that I do not think he is elite like Revis or Patrick Peterson in their prime. He is a solid corner, but he is paid like he is elite. Van Noy - I think that this was Flores's gift for having to go through last season. We slightly overpaid, but I think this is exactly who Flores wants on his team. I think if you are going to overspend, this is exactly how you do. He is the guy you want, the overpaying is not excessive, and he will be a cornerstone of your team. Howard - I think that this was sneaky good for Grier. I fully expect us to draft multiple running backs. I think Howard is an insurance policy that if we miss out on RBs because we need to trade up to get a QB, or our rookies are not ready to start, he can be a short term starter. We did not sink a ton of money into Gordon when plenty of solid backs are gonna be available. I imagine he will be around for one season, but if he really lights it up, he might see that second year. Where I am on edge - I think Flowers was the worst of our signings. I did not like the thought of signing a guy who has been good for half a season his entire career. I know it is very, very early, but I am not thrilled how we have addressed the line to date. I know, people are going to rightly say, "Watch us hit it big on the draft." This is where I think that this is not Madden. I think there is an advantage of having solid vets on the line. Hopefully, we make moves in the second wave of free agency. I would like to see if we could work something out with Trent Williams. If it was a 3 this year and a conditional 4 next year, even if we had to overpay, I would be down.