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Old 10-21-2013   #11
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Default Re: Doppelganger's Kneejerk Mock-2

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Originally Posted by Dutchrudder View Post
Whether Reed is cut, traded or retires, he will still cost us 2.666 million next year, and saves us the same amount.

I'd also nominate Danieal Manning to be cut, to save 4.5 million.

Schaub saves 4 million.

Wade Smith is an expiring deal and saves no extra money.

Total projected cap is 119m right now, minus all those cuts above, assume a 123 million cap number, and you get about 15.1 million in free space going into the offseason.

Watt is still under contract for 2014, so we can get by next year without extending him.

Case Keenum is under contract next year for 500k, but would likely need some reworking if we expect him to be a starter next year. No way he plays for that, unless there is open competition for the job. We will have to wait and see about that.

There is some room to maneuver and get players to help this team, but the real question is, "when do you expect to compete for a Super Bowl?" If it's not 2014, then that excess money might be best spent extending a core player like Watt, and frontloading his contract with a big roster bonus, then free up money in 2015 to really build out this team to compete for a ring. If we aren't truly 2-3 players away from contention, then that 15m is just going to wasted on players that will hurt our draft position. That money can be rolled over to 2015 and the future too, so it's not a bad thing to save it.
The idea is good in theory but a dangerous game. If you front load the contract, he may get used to making that kind of $. When the leaner years come he may ask for a new contract or push for an extension. Not everyone is Andre Johnson.
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