Browns Transition and Franchise Tags for 2010
Lawrence Vickers FB- Franchising Vickers would be an inexpensive way to make sure they keep this all around FB. Too many holes to fill in the upcoming offseason to have to replace Vickers. If Shanahan could make Reuben Droughens into a 1000 yard rusher, could you imagine what he could do with Vickers? Vickers can also catch out of the backfield! Franchise Vickers and try to work out a long term deal. Vickers is a punishing blocker and team first player.
D'Qwell Jackson- ILB Jackson is a defensive captain and got hurt but he is another FA that needs to be brought back. I dont think you franchise him because he isnt worth paying like a top 5 ILB, but he is an underrated player on an under achieving team. If Jackson were to sign elsewhere, the Browns would receive their 1st and 3rd round picks.
2nd Transition Tag
Brodney Pool SS/FS- As much as I hate to see Pool go, I dont know if hes in the teams plans moving foward. Hes been a fan favorite who signs autographs an hour after each practice with a huge smile. But after receiving his 4th or 5th concussion, he might be a huge health risk moving foward. Eric Berry SS/FS out of Tennessee might be a replacement here in the 1st round. Maybe Pool gives a home team discount? I dont see any other Browns FA in 2010 worth a Transition Tag.
PAY THE MAN!!!!!!!!!!
OK, so Cribbs isnt a FA. Savage made this original deal with a huge southern salesman smile. Ive been saying this week in and week out. This man deserves a raise. This should be a priority before the season is even over. Whatever money is available, give it to him. Marshall Faulk said it best during halftime of the Thursday Night Steelers vs Browns game, "I wonder whose fault it is that this man isnt paid yet?" GOOD QUESTION Kokinis isnt a GM any more so it isnt on him. Mangini, show your players the loyalty that Cribbs has shown you. You might get canned (I doubt it) and Cribbs had been your only bright spot. GIVE THE MAN HIS MONEY!!!!!!!!! Make him a Brown for life. If Randy lerner knew anything about football, this would have been done already. 31 other teams would be glad to give him a raise!