Originally Posted by steelbtexan
I think the $$$$ are going to be there.
If not, Antonio/Wade Smith could be candidates to be cut. You do whatever it takes to sign an all pro like Cushing. He's the top inside LB in the league. IMHO
You dont cut players like Cushing over $$$$.
First, Cushing is under contract just to reiterate. Apprx salaries for 2012 Wade Smith $2m + Antonio's $5.5m= $7m to offer Cushing this season to extend or to go to either Schaub, Barwin or D. Brown. Also, as far as we know the NFL cap is to be about the same $123m. We were at that last season and we have escalator contracts to pay in 2012 + rookies and UDFAs.
There was $ supposedly from AJ re-negotiating, loss of Briesel, 2 back up QBs,
Winston, JJ, Ryans,etc. that did not go for Mario. My understanding is that was supposed to extend Brown ($2m for 2011) & he will take $8-$10m extra.
Matt $7m+ will want another $5m & maybe more if he takes team deep in P.O.s.
Barwin at about $1m if he does what we expect will want at least a $5m bump if not more.
That is approx $18m more than last year's total team salary costs. Where is that coming from? I want all these guys back, just don't see how.