It mightn't quite make up for Cronk & Tedesco amounts of money, but there were a significant number of players that were on the books in 2017 that won't be in 2018;
I'm concerned now that the club won't be able to give Luke Keary what he's worth though, as he's up for renewal and coming off a stellar season.
Curious to see how it lines up - if someone sits on the bench, the negatives outweigh the positives - you will lose Keary to a rival club if it's him, Pearce and Cronk are an awful lot of money to keep on the bench, and Friend isn't going to provide any impact/spark off the bench.
If you fit them all into the starting team, the question becomes whether the attacking ability of Pearce at hooker offsets the defensive work rate of Friend, and whether or not Friend can be useful at lock.
I like the idea of Pearce at hooker, so for me, Jake Friend is ultimately going to be the loser in all of this.