Actually Lito's hit isn't the problem, most of his money has been paid to him. He is actually failry affordable, given the cap situation. the problem is, he was grumbling last season about redoing his contract, which in fact is ridiculous, considering he can't stay on the field. then, the whispers are that he dogged it a bit when he was on the field. Sot he problem isn't so much the here and now, just that he is injury prone, dissatisfied. On the other hand, he is extremely talented. The samuel thing seems similar to the moats draft pick to me, in that the future was uncertain with Westbrook, so you have to CYA.
I believe the reality is, if need be, they could keep him, and go with something dawkins/brown as safeties, lito and samuel starting corners. Nickel packages, lito, sheldon, samuel corners, dawkins, mikell safeties. That keeps josmelio hansen out of there.
I mean, they shouldn't trade him just for the hell of it. If the best player that they could realistically get was samuel, you can't just keep biding your time every year till the best possible scenario comes, you take the best players you can get sometimes, especially with donovan being at a crossroads and westbrook getting one year older each time you do that.
the reason you waste a first rounder, is that first rounder is cheaper than the one you already have, and will be for a few years, so it can be worth it do stuff like that IF the player you get is something you are sure about. that frees up roster funds elsewhere. But Lito isn't that expensive, given his talent.
doubt they get CJ. A) the whole thing smacks of TO all over again B) he gives the bengals a big cap hit.
We just have to wait and see with Lito. But worst-case scenario is still a good one--you end up with three high quality corners, in a division with the Super Bowl champs and the number one NFC seed. Work on the pass rush, and it will be very, very hard to pass on them. considering the run d was much more solid than usual last year, could be looking at a really nice d. If you can't get the receiver, then that's a fine way to get back in contention.
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