I know this has been discussed ad nauseum, but here is my take. We have lots of free agents next year, and year in and year out we're up against the cap. This is pure speculative on my part but I think the key players to bring back would be Andre Brown and Martellus Bennett. (My disclaimer here is that they've flashed and it's only week 4) I know this. If the trend continues, (hopefully) we need to extend them. Beatty has been banged up and played poorly when he was in (see 2011) he did a great job the other night. This is a no brainer to me, he's the future. Keith Rivers, should be brought back (I know he's been injured etc. etc.) but this guy (when healthy) is Michael Boley 2.0, in my humble opinion.
Tynes will need to be resigned, nuff said.
Obviously KP and Cruz will need to be resigned, and here is where it could get tricky. I "think" our cap casualties next year will be, Canty, Diehl, Bradshaw (Andre Brown and Wilson's perforamance is dependant on this) and Osi. I know some of these guys aren't free agents and some are, regardless none of them return. I love everyone these guys, but to resign some other key specialty positions it won't work.
Hopefully Marvin steps up as he was drafted to replace Canty. Diehl has been a member of our oline for years and (overall) has played great. His age and ability's are waning these last few years. He'll be a casualty much like Kareem, O'hara and Ritchie were. We have Brewer waiting in the wings and it's time. I also feel we have to resign Boothe and Locklear. I've heard good things about Cordle as well, all need to be resigned.
Depending on Adrain Robinsonís development we would need to resign Pascoe as well.
I know it's a money game and KP and Cruz will demand tons on the open market, but letting these guys go, would almost be the equivalent of not re-signing Eli. (Not really) but you get my meaning.
I've read somewhere the some think Rolle will be a cap casualty but I disagree, he can re-structure his contract, and more specifically, they guy never misses games. He doesn't even miss practice (take out this week). You don't let durable guys like that (see Deon Grant) walk.
I know we have many other free agents I havenít mentioned but I tried to pick the ones with direct impact to the team next year.