Originally Posted by thunderkyss
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.
If you sign Watt to extension after 2014 & then contract him again after that he will cost a whole lot more than optioning 2015 & the tagging for two additional years & then deciding to contract him.