Mike Logan signs on.
With this signing, the Stillers joined the pack feasting on Jaguar carrion.� Cap-hobbled Jaxville is down and more robust teams are tearing meat from that skeletal squad.� Very sad.
Logan is a size/speed player who when he came out in �97, I liked as a 3rd rounder in, say, Wiggins spot.� Unfortunately, Jaxville took him in the 2nd just before the Stillers selected the immortal Will Blackwell.� The Jags must have envisioned this man taking their FS slot from Chris Hudson and Travis Davis but that never happened.� Logan was hurt for much of his first two seasons; that is one reason the Jags targeted Lake following the �98 campaign.�
Lake went out last year and Logan, in 11 starts contributed (54 T, 6 PD, 2 INT).� Prior to 2000, Mike had only (24T, 2PD, 0 INT) over three seasons.� When healthy during those years, he did play on coverage teams and returned KO at 29/675.� Despite his fragility, Logan is a pretty tough guy.� In game 16 last season, the Jags were reduced to 2 or 3 LB.� Logan lined up at OLB and made 6T.
Logan has the size/speed of a big CB; if he can cover, then he approaches the state of the art at FS.� That�s a big if; I don�t know the answer now, we�ll all find out soon enough.� Rod Woodson, Pro Bowler that he was last year, had 10 PD and 4 INT.� Per start, Logan produced at a similar pace.� It is worth noting that Brent Alexander tallied only 4 PD over the 2000 campaign.
Of course, Alexander�s contribution went beyond numbers.� Alex was the QB in the secondary last year; his intelligence and preparation solidified that group.�� Before he became a fixture, the Stiller DB got beat deep regularly.� Afterwards, that rarely happened.� However, due to a general lack of speed in the Back 8,the 2000 Stillers played aggravatingly vanilla schemes.� Logan will be an athletic upgrade over Alex; he has the speed to help deep and this may allow the CB to play some press coverage.� Still, Scott Shields offered athleticism too; with Logan at FS, the Stiller secondary will get bigger and faster.� Whether it gets better remains to be seen.
All of that is somewhat beside the point.� Either Alex or Logan will start at FS; the other will be in on the dime package.� Therefore, the real comparison is between Logan and Simmons.� Logan�s deal is $3.1M with a $750K bonus spread over 3 seasons.� I haven�t seen the package but it is highly likely that Mike will be paid a vet minimum salary in 2001.� If so, his cap hit will be about $683K; that is barely above the RFA offer tendered Simmons.� That so, the Logan signing has no effect on the Stillers ability to deal in the current FA market.� The FO could cut Simmons and Shields tomorrow and be ahead in that game.�
Further, had the Stillers looked to draft immediate help at FS, they would have had to expend a 2nd round pick.� Marvel Smith hit the 2000 cap for $655K; this year�s 2nd rounder will go higher.� That is Logan territory, this year anyway.� I�ll miss Alan Archuleta but the Stillers do have other issues.�
I like this deal.� Like Hartings, Logan is a young veteran.� Admittedly, Hartings is a proven performer and Logan is not.� However, Mike does have the measurable qualities to succeed.� The Stillers drafted miserably from, at least, �96-�98.�� Both of these players came out in that time frame; with signings like these, the Stiller FO may have erased some of the errors of the previous regime.� If so, they will have enlarged the core group, circa 2001-04.� While it is true that OC/G and FS are not impact positions, they were positions of need.� With these signings, the Stiller FO may turn towards impact in this spring�s draft.� That�s a good thing; I�d like to see Coach Mitchell have some material with which to work.�����