Martin Mayhew: madcap or moderate?
- Updated: March 29, 2013
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew has made his share of mistakes. Fortunately, he learns quickly, as he proved last year, when he made it a priority to acquire high-character players like wide receiver Ryan Broyles and offensive lineman Riley Reiff. With a must-win season looming large in 2013, what direction is he likely to take? Will he play it safe . . . or will he go bat-scat crazy?
It’s time to put Martin Mayhew on the couch and see what kind of insanity lurks behind that placid demeanor.
Everyone has Detroit taking a left tackle, a defensive end, or Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner fifth overall. But what if the two top tackles are off the board and Mayhew’s scouting team thinks that Ezekiel Ansah (Brigham Young), Datone Jones (UCLA), Bjoern Werner (Florida State), or Dion Jordan (Oregon) are too much of a project or a bad fit for the Lions’ wide-9 defensive scheme?
Would Motown Mayhew stick to his best-player available philosophy? Might he take a defensive tackle in the first round for the third time — second time in the top five — and take Sharrif Floyd (Florida) or Star Lotuelei (Utah) to fill the void left by the loss of Corey Williams and Sammie Lee Hill?
This sounds like pure insanity, but when you think about Ndamukong Suh’s swelling cap number (over $21 million in 2014, it starts to make more sense. Detroit could trade Suh after the 2013 season and probably get a decent haul of draft picks in return, assuming the trading partner could get a deal done with Suh. Failing that, the new team would only be on the hook for $12 million (base salary and 2014 roster bonus in 2014), as Detroit would take the hit for the restructures and signing bonus allocation with dead cap money.
Teams whose interest might be piqued by such a trade include the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, and Jacksonville Jaguars, all of whom have ample money available and need defensive line help. The Washington Redskins will also have plenty of money after paying off their $18 million cap penalty this season. Likewise, the Oakland Raiders will be flush with cash after all their dead money comes off the books in 2014.
The downside is that Detroit would take a $19 million dollar dead money cap hit in 2014, but that would be offset by at least an extra first-round pick that year. Floyd would only cost about $5 million per season between 2013 and 2016, but it would be imperative that he panned out immediately. The move would also put pressure on Detroit to hit in Rounds 2 and 3 this year. They would probably sign a guard like Brandon Moore as a stopgap along the offensive line and put Reiff at left tackle.
The move would put them in a much better cap situation for 2015, when wide receiver Calvin’s number skyrockets to $20 million and quarterback Matthew Stafford on the second year of his (hypothetical) contract extension. They would still have Nick Fairley alongside Floyd (by then in his second year) at defensive tackle, but they would need to re-sign or tender him the franchise tag after the 2014 season.
Alternatively, Mayhew could choose to extend Suh in lieu of trading him, which would alleviate the cap issue while keeping the proven player in the fold for the long term. That would avoid the necessity of gambling on a rookie. Suh’s impact on the cap will hinge on how much he feels he is worth in 2014. Realistically, $12-14 million per season is most likely his range, which given the current economics of the defensive tackle market is insane, but we have to remember it’s agents and Suh’s own ego we’re dealing with at this point. Detroit wants to reduce that cap hit if at all possible, even though they could handle it if necessary.
So what do you think? Can Mayhew allow himself to go so insane that he looks like a future genius? He is facing a must-win-now season in 2013, so it’s unlikely that he’ll be tipping his hand and revealing who he thinks is the best player available.
It’s possible that taking a flyer on a third defensive tackle will help just as much as drafting an undersized project of a defensive end, especially since Fairley’s injury history remains a concern. Even so, taking Milliner to complete the secondary or anchoring the line with a stud left tackle sounds so much better.
The insanity awaits!
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I am reserving my opinion on Mayhew till I see some more. there are a lot of things pending on this team and it just feels a little too early for me to decide anything.
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