Originally Posted by Kemp17
Barnes was actually our most efficient pass rusher for two years (2010 and 2011). He was less effective for the first half of this season, but has turned it on lately. More importantly, he could probably be had for half as much. If all we're looking for is a rotational pass rusher, better not to spend a big chunk of limited resources.
I still disagree. Phillips was hurt for most of 2010 which affected his effectiveness. I think Barnes took advantage of the attention other teams paid to Phillips too in his one big year. Take 2010 away and he's had 7+ sacks every year since 2005. The last I looked guys who get 7+ sacks every year don't grow on trees. It might cost us more than Barnes to retain him, but in a reduced role it may still be very doable. He'd also be moving back to his old position on passing downs, assuming we come up with a ROLB, and I think he also would be more beneficiary when schooling Ingram in the intricacies of rushing the passer in the NFL. I think he would honestly grasp that kind of mentor role, knowing he's coming to the end of the line, whereas Barnes may not, not to mention he just doesn't have the overall knowledge to pass down that Phillips has. I really think Phillips still has a 7+ sack year or two in him in a reduced role, where I can't say what I'm getting from Barnes, thus you and I are going to disagree here.