Look, forget about the excuse thing cause there are things that can cause problems. Webster had a lot of assignments and we have to look at Fewell's playbook and scheme cause it tells the whole story of why Webster had some problems more than he did in the past.
And he was never really great, even at his best he want atop 10 corner..... It really would not be that difficult to replace
Top 10 corners don't grow on trees.
We can't just cut him without having a plan on how to get better. We cut Ahmad because we have TWO good, young backs to replace him. We cut Canty because we have Linval who played very well, and another young DT in Austin. We cut Boley knowing we have Jacquain coming back. All of those positions are on the field one at a time.
In a pass-heavy league, we need THREE good corners available as many as HALF of our defensive snaps. At least when people talk about running backs, they have viable options that can be pointed to: Jacobs, Bush, Greene, etc...
Where are the viable options for corners on this year's market? I can see Brent Grimes, who was very good in 2011, but barely played because of injury this year, just like Gamble, and Talib, who has so many off the field issues I'm not sure anyone is going to pony up for him. Add to that he's already in the Patriots system and has indicated he would like to stay....... Where are the options?
Good, not great cornerbacks get 6-7 million. That's what Sean Smith in Miami is asking for. Exactly, who?!
I like nfltraderumors.co but if you look at the list for cornerbacks, I don't see any slam dunk guys who will CLEARLY be better than Webster next year. Anyone who would, is going to cost at least 5 million. How do you replace him?