Signing Arik Armstead is a great move. He gets 5/$85 mill. Love it. He’s the true quintessential down and dirty defensive lineman that does the hard work in the trenches who often takes on double teams and keeps the linebackers clean to make plays. The fact that he got 10 sacks is a testament to his guts and determination.
That being said, trading DeForest Buckner makes no sense to me. He’s the heart and soul of the defense, and has been a mainstay since he got here. The only way it makes sense is that we don’t have to dole out a giant deal to him after the season ends. We do get a high 1st round pick, so there’s the caveat.
I wrote last week that this is how they could have dealt with AA, but they got a pretty good pick for DeFo. These are the tough decisions that guys like Lynch and Paraag have to make to keep the team competitive for more than a year or two. We get a high pick in a year of not many picks, and I feel like we are just getting started in the trading department. Guys like Goodwin and Witherspoon can garner us some more picks, so we’ll see what the future brings. Or if there IS a future. Commence zombie apocalypse . . .
And I’m NOT very happy about DeAndre Hopkins going to the Cardinals. He is a stud of the highest order, and he’s a guy I would love to have on our team. He’s gonna be a major pain in the ass for the next few years.