Originally posted by andes14:
As much as I love Trent Baalke and love having a GM I finally fully trust, I still scratch my head when thinking about the move to not even make an offer to Costanzo. He got a 2 year/$1.865M deal from Chicago. I just want to know the logic on why he didn't wanna match that when he gave Cartwright a 1 year/$950K contract to fill the same role which basically means he just didn't want a 2nd year on the contract (in fact, the per year amount is actually a bit LESS than what we gave Cartwright) of our main core special teamer which I don't really get. Costanzo is over 4 years younger, has no wear and tear from being on the field from anything other than ST, was a great chemistry guy, was arguably the best special teamer in the league last year as he was the leader of the NFL's best special teams (and I doubt Cartwright will be as good), etc. So I'm sure Baalke has his reasons, I'm just super curious what they are.
I wanted Costanzo back as well but this move makes sense. Cartwright is a proven special teams player who offers versatility. Besides being a reliable gunner (which will be his main role), he can also return kicks, block on returns, and play some RB if necessary. I believe the dropoff between Costanzo and Cartwright will be minimal (if any). In fact, their special teams production was similar last season:
Costanzo: 12 ST tackles (11 solo, 1 assist)
Cartwright: 12 ST tackles (11 solo, 1 assist)