Originally posted by andes14:
First off let me say that this year I think Bowman is playing like arguably the 2nd best inside 'backer in football behind his teammate, but is it really worth giving him a contract commensurate with his market value ($8-10M per with $25M+ guaranteed)? I really think that when his contract expires (I believe after 2013), we can draft a guy that Fangio/Leavitt/Willis can coach up to play at a super high level, esp. behind our d-line (or maybe it could even be Grant?) Thoughts?
"Is it really worth giving him a contract commensurate with his market value
...?" Please forgive me but what on God's green earth would make you ask such a question? So let me get this straight: Bowman produces, therefore, we let him go and hope to draft his cheaper - yet hopefully equally productive - ILB?! Is that the blueprint back to the SB, letting your best young talent just walk for free
because you just don't want to pay him? Thank the Lord you aren't our GM
. A player like Bowman, playing at that level at this point in his career, should/will always see an extention of his contract no less than a year before his initial contract expires. Players like that you lock up as soon as possible for as long as possible (see P. Willis) so you can focus your attention - as a GM - on team weaknesses, not create
a weakness by removing a strength, duh
. Trust me, if Trent Baalke made a dope-fiend move like that he would never again be trusted with another NFL team.
Let Bowman walk because, essentially, he's too productive to pay fare price.