ASSUMPTIONS MADE- The house is cleaned out - Mayhew/Lewand have been here for 8 years running the show and we have hit rock bottom. Here is what needs to be done for 2016- Current Cap Room - $32M 1. Trade/Cut Stafford - you can't go sideways for 2-3 more years and then say, ok, he is worth 100M. By the way, he makes 17.7M this year which is #14 among quarterbacks, between Jay Cutler and Alex Smith so that tells you the going rate for a QB. Trading him gives you 11M back this year (you also take an 11M dead money hit but that is already factored in) and now you are at $43M under the cap. 2. Cut Bell, Petitgrew, and Tulloch - Bell is not what we need and makes too much, Tulloch has slowed due to injury and doesn't look the same (not worth the 7.3M at least) and Petitgrew can't stay healthy and isn't worth 4.65M vs. the cap - You now have $55M in cap space 3. Calvin. What to do...if you trade or cut him, he only counts 8M against the cap in 2016 and 4M in 2017 but, you get back a ton...I think he needs to be set free -trade him - Do it this year and your cap goes up to $79M in free space. Do it next year and you only have $66M in free space. Send him out to someone who is close and let them worry about the next few years. Other interesting things - 1. If you can find a way to trade Stafford this year (Houston?), you could be at $90M under the cap with the above. 2. We will have 5 of the first 100 picks next year - 1,2 and 3. But, we will get 2 compensatory 3rd rounders for Fairley and Suh (both were first rounders and left at end of rookie deals). If you trade Calvin/Stafford this year and can get a 1st, 2nd or 3rd from other teams, you could be loaded with picks and have a ton of cap room - INSTANT rebuild. 3. If Mayhew stays in charge, we will not do any of the above because he will not want to risk a 2-14 season with trading away anyone. 4. If Ford fires Mayhew and puts Xanders in charge, he would get this done quickly. NOTE: all numbers are from www.overthecap.com (I have no stake in it, I just use it for fast calculations) and salary cap number for next year is assumed at $150.8 M. Just my thoughts of COMPLETELY deconstructing this team and starting over.