AB and I have talked many times about contracts, money, and draft positions. One theory we have thrown around is the fact that teams that draft late save money over the long term, remain healthy cap wise, and field better teams. Look at where we were drafting last year the avg price per player was between $16-$12 million, Aldon falling at $14mill. Looking at the back end of the draft the avg price was around $7 mill for picks 24-32. So we can assume that if the boat doesn't sink any time soon we will be looking at paying half of what we have been accustomed to for a first rounder. Again this trend following in all subsequent rounds if we don't move around too much in trades. Come draft time we could be looking at spending less then half of what we spent last year on the entire draft class.
The reason I bring this up is because it elevates pressure in 3 key areas. First spending less on picks makes the hurt of a potential bust sting a little less. Second it lets us resign current players to bigger contracts because we have the money to spend. Lastly it lets us have money in reserve to go after major FA's if the situation calls for it.
Although Jim has changed the football culture of this franchise a side effect will be the financial impact of winning and having to spend less on unproven rookies. Knowing that we could be seriously looking at spending half of what we are use to, will have major implications in keeping players on the roster and not having any cap casualties in the near future.