Originally Posted by aj.
We've talked about this before -- that Carr is about to become very expensive and this is the last year he's relatively cheap. He will be paid like an elite QB in '05.
Thanks for the contract information.
In doing my comparison of teams' Terrific (and cheap) Twelves, I agree that a first overall pick doesn't really fit the mold. As an expansion team, the Texans drafted first overall and third overall in consecutive years, both of which are relatively expensive. I guess I was just making the point that generally NFL teams have had a chance to select 12 relatively inexpensive players as a core for their teams. As an expansion team, our big disadvantage was that we had less of these players (5 in 2002). Other teams also have expensive players and we were able to obtain some of them, both through the Expansion Draft and Free Agency, but to balance the books we needed some highly productive players who are not as expensive as free agents.
I believe that CC has now 'caught us up' and we now have a reasonably fair opportunity to compete with the other teams in a salary cap regime.