Originally Posted by badboy
Agree with you on OD but why do we need to give Watt a contract? IIRC you have said this before but not why when he is under contract for 2014 & we can franchise tag him for at least two additional seasons cheaper than a mega deal would pay him? I'm not sure but maybe what we should have done with Cushing.
The idea about offering him a deal early is because you want him to take the security of getting his money now & not betting on his future.
Offer him a deal today putting him in the top 5 DE will be cheaper than making him the highest paid defensive player in history 3 years from now.
Sure... Watt can wait, but when they're talking about $20+ million signing bonuses & $50~60 million guaranteed.
We dangle that money in front of him now & he has to decide if he wants to take it, or "wait" 3 years & who knows what will happen in 3 years.
If we wait, then franchise him, then offer him "peanuts" then he's only got to weigh a 1 year wait.