Not sure Vollmer is worth a franchise tag....
Does he play like a top-5 OT, or even close enough to overpay to retain him on our team?
I agree with Bags on Chung. Give him something slightly over the minimum, as to not insult him; otherwise, he knows where the door is.
What really isn't fair to Ras-I in this injury, is that it was such a freak thing. He was playing well enough to be in the starting lineup. Granted, that isn't saying much, considering the quality of this secondary. I do think we keep him next year though, simply because he is still viewed as an incoming draft-pick. The jury is still out, IMO.
I wouldn't even give Chung an offer. He's gonna expect to start wherever he goes, and I don't want him to start another year for us.
Plus, Chung won't accept "something slightly over the minimum." He wants to get paid, despite not even being worth it.
On the other hand, keeping Chung on the short term might have its benefits that we don't want to overlook.
-Been playing on the team for 3 years, somewhat of a leader.
-Depth at S. We have had problems in this area in the past recent seasons.
-He is a reasonably reliable player and might want to continue growing his career.
There's a longer list of reasons why not to keep him, but he might find himself back in NE on a short term deal even if we do have to slightly overpay for what he is worth. If he walks we may have to overpay for a S in FA or use up a draft pick.
I don't see him getting a huge deal from another team either.
Did you know that among positions, that S's are least drafted (outside of ILB's in 3-4's, P, K, ST) in the 1st round. That means that it's easier to get safeties than any other position but the few teams that still run the 3-4 ILB's.
If it wasn't for the salary cap, we'd have great safties. It won't be hard to draft a safety in the top 60 picks and sign another Gregory or better for next year - and have lots of money left over for dealing with other issues.
Chung == dead man walking