Originally posted by JimDrinkAMiller:
I appreciate the critique.
I don't want boldin to leave, but I think it makes sense to let him walk for a couple of reasons. Age, the draft has a lot of talent at the position, and it frees up more money to lock down our star players. We probably will get a different receiver than walkins but I just feel like we've had some trouble at addressing this position in years past and get the slam dunk guy.(other than crabs and boldin)
Age is not a criterium for me.
I dont think that Boldin will get more than the 6 mio he is earning now. Given this sum, he is a VERY good wr and an experienced one. The latter "skill" is not draftable.
We need leaders and experienced guys on every part of the team.
IF we are bad at drafting good WRs, we should keep the guys with quality all the more.
I don't see why so many people think 19 mil won't happen with brown and I'm not talking about you. Brock IMO had a better year than brown and is making around 4 mil a year. Brown has been with the team for longer and is a slightly better player so I think he will get paid more, he just had a down year this year compared to last season.
I disagree. some time ago, Brock was garbage whereas Brown seemed to be a little bit better. Now Brock is a starter and Brown is average, perhaps slightly above average.
Why should he earn over 4 Mio. per year?
As far as kaep goes I agree he is worth around 15 mil, but with how much teams are overpaying their qbs I think he will get a little more. Is he worth as much as Brees, Brady, Manning or Rodgers? no of course not. Is he worth more than Ryan, Flaco, Romo, Cutler or Stafford? Maybe it's the homer in me but I think he is. He still will settle for a little bit less than these guys IMO and if it is indeed 15 mil then that's great.
Sorry, I have expressed myself very vague. I have the same expectations like you. But I am talking in terms of bargaining power/arguments. Kaep is certainly a solid starter, he is even better than that. BUT he showed not only ups but some big downs during this season.
An alternative would be that he receives a huge roster bonus, let's say, in 2016 and later which would raise his salary (our present IF we stay with him, thus we finally believe that he is THE man). But for the 2014 and 2015 season, the base salary has to be low, based on his recent performance.
I think crabs is going to get a big pay day. I also agree that 12 mil a year is a little steep but harbaugh has made it known that he wants crabs to stick around. With Crabtree's history and the type of person he is, I don't see him settling for less. That is why I have him getting paid top dollar.
Indeed your assumption is realistic.