Originally posted by AUniner:
Just thinking about the Kaeps worth thread and other QB's around the league. While many are willing to give Kaep the top dollar deal many others are in opposition.
The Panthers are also in a similar situation however because they drafted Cam in the 1st they have another year at transition cost if so desired.
My point is if you want to draft a QB that you obviously have to take a risk. By using a 1st rounder you have more time to evaluate that risk and determine if the draftee is worth the mega second deal? Cam Newton will likely get his money anyway. Dalton & Kaep also inline for a second deal but at what cost? Locker, Ponder & Gabbert all look like they're about to hit the road.
Well, this cuts a couple of different ways...A QB taken in the first round is going to cost more than a QB taken in the 2nd round, so, if you can find a QB in the 2nd round, you do get the benefit of a lower cap number, which the 49ers and Seahawks in particular have taken advantage of in being able to allocate more cap dollars to other positions during the player's first contract.
There is also an argument that since teams drafting a QB have to pay more in the first contract, they should be allowed an additional year.
The shorter contract for 2nd rounders can be a benefit. The overall salaries for QBs is only going to continue to go up. If the Panthers wait an extra year, it could end up costing them if Newton continues to improve and/or new QB contracts are signed that increase the franchise and transition tags and provide the player with a reasonable argument for a higher dollar figure that would have been more of a stretch a year earlier.