I scoffed at the idea of trading him, and I still don't exactly have it on the table, but I'm worried about his lack of production. He isn't a defensive end like JJ Watt who is constantly disrupting plays. He is a space eater who commands double teams to help out our rushers and coverage linebackers.
Unfortunately, this seems like another year where he is injury plagued. He is making very little impact and not forcing the double teams like he used to. The problem is, I don't know what we would do about it. There is not really another guy on this squad we could just plug in there. Ngata is an invaluable player, but these injuries are really killing his production.
I know this sounds stupid but hear me out. The guy will be 30 by the end of the season. He is still considered a top flight guy and we could probably get a 1st round pick and more from him. The draft this year is stacked with talent and 2 first round picks would be stellar. We wouldn't get the same production but we have guys like DeAngelo Tyson and Spears who can play the spot as well as Brandon Williams with the emergence of Cody. Kapron-Lewis Moore also will be coming back who would have gone much higher in the draft was it not for injury.
I know it sounds crazy, but we aren't looking too amazing this year and I'm thinking towards the future. The cap implications are the problem. He has a HUGE bonus but an even BIGGER base salary. 8.5 million per year on the next 3 seasons.
Edited by dhstandard, 14 October 2013 - 09:53 PM.