I understand why they did it but still, boo.
Hopefully they can work out something long term since they've tagged him.
Okay, when I first saw all this on ESPN News yesterday, I absolutely lost my mind. Couldn't believe we did this. Then I hopped on the board, gave it some thought, and agree that we probably had to do it.
There are too many questions left unanswered with this move:
1. Why was Starks not good enough to start last year if he's good enough to franchise this year?
2. Did we see a sudden change in approach or attitude from Starks when he started playing? Do we expect him to continue? Just sayin', if he was fat and lazy with the transition tag, then he may be fat and lazy with the franchise.
3. If he's that valuable (which he may be) why couldn't we work out a long-term, cap-friendly deal? People weren't beating down his door last year. If we needed to keep him, LAST year was the time to do the deal. If he plays great, he'll walk for big bucks. If he plays average (which I believe he did most of the season), we resing him, but why would we want to?
I guess that maybe we believe he's only an average tackle, and can be resinged to a reasonable deal after last season; the franchise tag buys us some time to find/develop other talent.
I know that we'll never really know the answers here, but it is frustrating the way that the organization has allowed this to play out. I don't know why I'm complaining, though--I mean, we ONLY won the Super Bowl!
He was the least horrible OT on the team
High praise, Lambert!
I think you're right, and I guess I would echo others in hoping that he may look better with better talent around him. Or, he'll be exposed as average and we'll be able to keep him for depth.
Now we'll see if Duke Robinson will make it into the 20's and trade our third and first to move up
I don't know that I want Duke Robinson, and I'm certainly not sure about giving up picks to get him. He looked very mediocre against NFL-caliber talent vs. Florida; in fact, I'd even say that he looked bad at times. That's a huge risk on a R1 olineman. Now, I'm not sure that we're going to do any better, but we have to be very careful. I honestly don't think we can afford to miss again on the oline if we hope to see this team improve next season.