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Martin Mayhew: madcap or moderate?

How will Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew choose to address the mounting pressure to produce another winning season.

How will Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew choose to address the mounting pressure to produce another winning season.

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.

Madcap Mayhew

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.

Moderate Mayhew

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.

Your turn

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!

174 comments
0125
0125

I had some Indian food for lunch today, man that shit is spicy and it gives your digestive system a workout!

Koosh12684
Koosh12684

My plans include hooking a cordless mouse to my boss' computer, and giving the lady next to him the mouse.  And stuffing several reams of scrap paper under the door of a lady who asked people not to.

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

ESPN's Ed Werder reports the Seahawks are in trade discussions involving Matt Flynn and a deal appears "imminent."

0125
0125

So I was hanging out with my Brother's wife yesterday. She was asking about my dating status and history. She actually told me to "hit it and quit it" sometimes!

Joedirte
Joedirte

Man I cant see how Marquees Wilson is being viewed as a 5th-7th round player the guy totally dominated the Pac 12 and has tremendous physical attributes 6'3 215 4.44 40 yard dash and he has incredible hands

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

The Bears continue to work on the O-Line

Bears signed OG Matt Slauson to a one-year contract

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

That bear attack story is the shit. Thanks for posting it, you motorboatin' son a bitch.

Mods Suck
Mods Suck

Holy crap, when I left the service, they were an hour and twenty minutes in and only about halfway through. I can understand that for an evening service, but a two-and-a-half-hour midday service? Wow.  And this bishop is the most fundamentalistic Catholic I have ever encountered. Most Catholics I know pride themselves on not being fundamentalist, but this bishop is a regular hellfire-and-damnation preacher. I didn't know those even existed in the Catholic Church anymore.

natesweet
natesweet moderator

Looks like I get to play hooky and get paid for it. Client canceled last minute.

Dr. Reginald
Dr. Reginald moderator

Ima bout to open up this bitch pit here in a second....

natesweet
natesweet moderator

I am reading that Bear attack story and for some reason the kid gives everyone a name except for the black kid who he keeps calling the "black kid". Racist Jew?

Joedirte
Joedirte

This is a lot of positive words for a GM that has had a bunch of top 5 picks and only 4 wins ....

MIB Baby Bird Whisperer
MIB Baby Bird Whisperer

Gotta run if I want to get out of work on time. 

I'm meeting Ginger snap cookie for a couple of drinks after work.

natesweet
natesweet moderator

Look, I made two whole comments about the article. Now I am free to talk about anything I want without criticism.

0125
0125

Wow Verlander got 180 mil. Damn

natesweet
natesweet moderator

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.

Nardo - 8-8 Is Great
Nardo - 8-8 Is Great

When having sex missionary style, it's good to get a little scoop in your hump technique.

natesweet
natesweet moderator

I am not a dick guys. i would never bang your girlfriends or wives unless you both asked me to. On the other hand I would schtoop your sisters if they are of age and not cows.

Nardo - 8-8 Is Great
Nardo - 8-8 Is Great

I have one more month to bang as many Colombian chicas as possible.  I think I will accept this mission.

MIB Baby Bird Whisperer
MIB Baby Bird Whisperer

 Nate, is it OK if we call this girl Ginger snatch cookie?

Thanks. Here's what you need to do:

Meet Ginger snatch cookie for a couple drinks. Talk to her. Keep it confined to general topics. If her boyfriend comes up, tell her to stuff a sock in it. (Be forceful) She needs to know that you mean it. Buy her more drinks. Tell her you like her red hair, but it makes you nervous, but it doesn't "scare "you.

When she passes out, take her home and stick your penis in her.

Put her clothes back on, so when she wake s up in the morning, she thinks you were just a nice guy, and gave her a place to crash.

I hope this helps.