Originally posted by tjd808185:Originally posted by krizay:Originally posted by BrianGO:
The problem with drafting McClain has to do with the salary cap.
If in fact, "he would pair with Patrick Willis for a long time", then perhaps it would make sense. But how long a time is that going to be?
Are we seriously going to pay two 3-4 middle linebackers huge dollars? The salary cap forces you to RATION your money. Which positions are we not going to pay? WR? RB? OT? DB?
Somewhere, at some point, we will end up paying somebody less money on our roster to make it work. Like it or not, you must consider the VALUE of a position when drafting and bringing in free agents (this includes guards by the way).
How much are we going to end up paying All-Pro guards and middle linebackers? It is not a matter of the York's not willing to pay etc, it is a matter of SALARY CAP, pure and simple. Certain positions are WORTH MORE.
The salary cap does not allow you to have a team full of All-Pro's, you can only have so many of them. So the question becomes, WHICH positions do you want to pay All-Pro money to?
FWIW. The #13 pick last year counts for roughly the same amount against the cap this year as Takeo Spikes. Which is about $3 mill.
Not saying we should or shouldn't. I just don't think it will be a salary Cap problem like you seem to think. Yes when it's time to extend he could be pricey. But by that time the Cap would have went up how much? Not to mention the likelyhood of a rookie cap!
I think he's talking long term and his second contract. Look at the difficulty Chicago has had keeping Urlacher and Briggs happy. Look at Jamie Sharper bolting the Ravens right after their Super Bowl. It's hard to pay that kind of money to ILB long term.
It can be done. Balt had tons of money spent all over that defense. Dline, LB's and secondary. Which is why it was hard for them. Like I said in my original post. By the time it's time to extend him. Rookie cap will be in place and the league wide Cap will be outrageous.
We're also assuming he puts up Patrick Willis numbers. Which is unlikely due to the fact he will be playing next to Willis. In theory the two will cut into each other's future deals.