Re: Rick Smith's poor job of managing the cap has closed our window for the time bein
i'm not getting this discussion at all. we have what many consider(ed) to be the most overall talented team in the league. we sent 8 players to the probowl last season, including multiple all-pro's. we have cap-friendly deals in place, and each year can move money around or drop a player without hurting us. this season some contracts have tightened our belt a bit, but some big ones (antonio, wade smith, schaub) can be removed for significant savings. those three mentioned we've addressed with young players. the trouble is your potential players may not be as good as your high payed vets, or they might exceed the vet. case looks better than schaub, jones and wade are about a push, and crick will be a step down from antonio. what Texian keeps harping on is being able to add 2mil-5mil contracts ... those are dead money deals, players who arent part of your core and potential cuts (especially at the bottom of the team like texian wants), but make enough money to cause problems.
what's hurting us more than anything is we've had a run of players who havent panned out at vital positions. OLB has reed, mercilus, montgomery, and williams - picks from each of the first four rounds who havent really worked. on the line we've added newton, jones, gardner, brooks, quess, and williams - picks all over the map with only brandon brooks going as planned. these two areas we've thrown our resources at but just cant land the winners and it's showing on the field.