First of all, read this:
Oh good, you're back.
Sorry, I know that was depressing.
I think it's fair to say we've made enough moves on defense that we won't be dead last anymore. Hell, we might even move closer to north of a 25th ranking than a 30th. But if you want to talk about contending, we need to strive to be ...average. in fact, that should be our rallying cry on defense, which could make for some great pre-game peptalks:
"All right everyone, on three! One, two, three: Average!"
"Fire up, D! Let's be mediocre today!"
My point is that Otogwe fills a much greater need than that of our "hole" at weak-side linebacker. The deep bomb kills us, and we won't be competitive until we can compete in our pass-happy division, AEB the Madden-on-Rookie-difficulty stats the Vikings and Pack have dropped on us.
If you're about to post, "he's asking for too much money," keep in mind this is an uncapped year and Mr. Ford isn't in danger of going to the poor house. Let's say he is brought in on a 4 year deal for 20 million, loaded up front for 7 million this year. I'd be much more confident in how we'd fare this year with this dude on the team, and I think you would be too.
Have I made my case?