deluxe_247 wrote:the giants are offcially in trouble in their secondary now...and the raiders are shaping up to be a powerhouse defense.
Wilson is a fine player and I hate to see him go but he is exactly the type of player you replace in the draft rather than spend the big money on. He is not an elite safety and did not deserve the type of money he got.
I'm fine with your analysis that he's not an elite safety, but it's unreasonable to expect rookies to come in and replace your top guys all the time and make a seamless transition in year one, especially in this year's weak safety class, and I don't know of anyone that's on the roster that would be a suitable replacement. The bust rate for first round picks is pretty high, and even the guys that turn out ok sometimes take 2-3 years or more to get there.
All the credit goes to the Giants for winning the Superbowl against some tall odds, but without Wilson, that secondary is middle-of-the-road at best. Maybe the pass rush can make up for it, but I would be worried if I were a Giants' fan. If the goal is to defend the title they just won, they just lost an important piece of that puzzle, and I don't get why you are acting like it's not a big deal.
I can't argue with the money part of it. Oakland overpayed for him. He's not elite, but he got elite money. I bet he would have taken less to stay in New York, though. You kinda have to wonder how much less he would have accepted.