Before you call me crazy let's just realize it is actually more a 7-year 64 mil deal and not 8/80. The extra year gives you another year to spread the bonus out over which is 3mil per roughly. Then the structure is probably like 3,4,4,5,6,7,9,16(+24bonus). So really the first four years won't count but 6,7,7,8 mil against the cap. Yes they'll have to eat a 10 mil hit in half a decade if they decide he has lost a step and by then the cap will be 140 mil anyway so it won't take up but 7% of the cap space. In perspective Tennessee had 40% in dead cap last year and still managed an 8-8 record so why not go for it every now and then. Next if you figure your 25 starters will eat up 75% of your cap space that's approximately 80 mil/25 players=roughly 3.1 per on average. Of course some of those 25(top ten) will make way more so at 6,7,7,8 mil per year for the next four years you can see Clements is a steal since he is probably one of the top three CB's in the league. He is easily worth that. Now my numbers are obviously guestimates but I would think they are in the ballpark by a mil or so. The NFL is a cash machine and the cap is ever growing. It's kind of like the show Survivor where you have a certain amount of money you bid on food and the folks who spend big early on get the big reward where those who are conservative end up holding cash they can't use. That is my guess of what will happen over the next several years. The teams that take the superstar FA's (like San Fran) will vastly improve over the rest of the league. The argument look at Washington doesn't apply anymore since the cap will be so much bigger than it was a few years ago and they never really got what ended up being the best players anyway. Houston will have cleared a lot of space by next year so bonus money could easily be spread out over years to come but this year would be the struggle. My point-spend the money! Teams are being way too conservative. Not like the Rams on Drew Bennett though. That is an example of how teams will just use cap space because they have it. That will be the future. Mediocre guys getting overpaid because their club has plenty of cap room. So why not get the big catch while you can at a price that seems pretty crazy but in perspective really isn't. I mean Clements will probably only end up being 1or 2 mil more per year against the cap than Bennett for the next few years.