Originally Posted by Uncle Rico
Getting outbid for players isnt necessarily being shrewd. handing out deals before the contract is fulfilled is stupid. Most good GM's want to be sure of what they are about to mortgage the farm for. Doesnt use the franchise tag to his advantage tokeep quality players on the team, even when the team isnt in danger of going over the cap to keep guys around an extra year to see if they continue the upward trend and truly deserve the long deal. Overpaying his guys because he thinks 'they deserve it' is dumb.
I like the truly shrewd GM's. like the guy from baltimore,denver,san francisco,seattle. Our GM is just like the majority of the brass, good enough.
Who is being overpaid.
Not overpaying? You mean giving $120 million for Flacco... Baltimore is about to fall apart. Good thing Flacco was so good that he made the Denver safety fall asleep on his basic responsibillities in a prevent defense... Baltimore won't have another shot at a Superbowl for a long time!
Because of the Flacco deal, the Ravens dumped Anquan Boldin for almost nothing to get below the cap and that is in addition to the retirement of Ray Lewis, Ed Reed free agency, along with the following free agents:
and many other contributors. With all those players off the book, the Ravens have $5 million more room in the cap than the Texans...
By the way, in 2014 the following players are scheduled to consume $70 million of the Ravens cap:
Flacco, Rice, yanda, Suggs, Ngata, Rice, L.Webb.
Seattle and San Fran are in great shape right now because of their youth and the fact that they hit on young QBs in the mid rounds. as long as they are working off their rookie deals, they will have a $10 - $15 million advantage over teams with veteran Qbs.
by the way, the Seattle GM gave Lynch a deal almost identical to Foster. Also, he sign Sidney Rice to a 5yr $41 million contract and Zach Miller to a 5yr $34 million contract (yikes!), and he also spent significant money bidding for Matt Flynn one year ago.
I'm not seeing the distinction you are making. I think all these organizations are doing a good job.... but I certainly don't see how Smith is less shrewd. Explain with evidence, please.