Originally posted by JimA49ers:
Originally posted by Pillbusta:
All I know is Boldin was that game's real MVP. Flacco played well but Boldin made the plays that came his way, not Flacco and this is the thanks he gets?
This BIG time.
This is so true.
However, in the business of the NFL, they pay, or should pay, for PROSPECTIVE value, not what a player has done in the past. So the Ravens are doing the right thing if they think that Boldin's skills are diminishing. If you pay to reward for past services, you'll mess up with the salary cap. One of the unfortunate aspects of having a salary cap, I suppose.
That said, the Raven did employ the REWARD model when it came to Flacco. No one can tell me that Flacco is the best QB in the business. frankly, call me crazy, but I'm more excited with Niners having Kaepernick. Yet they paid Flacco as if he was better than them all, based off a series of some fortunate games. They're making the right moves when it comes to Boldin, but capitutlating when it comes to Flacco. And it's messing with their salary cap, so great. This is what happens when you don't have a fall back. They have noone with even the remotest of skills behind Flacco, so no leverage. That's true of almost every team these days. And a team HAS to have a good QB.
I think teams would be smart to have a developmental guy at all times being groomed to step in. Stuff happens. Injuries, negotiating impasses, etc. The Patriots are kinda doing this, but their QB is also getting on. I'd like to see the Niners do this. Hoping they will. Draft that kid out of Arizona, or someone equivalent.