Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Originally posted by NCommand:
Another brilliant contract and an example of what I was just talking about.
That said, I feel bad for Brooks b/c he was probably the most consistent defender we had last year and certainly deserved it BUT again, this speaks to the brilliance of the FO and them doing their research. He JUST missed it...either way, Brooks is going to be close to both the wins (12) and plays (93.2%) every year and if he misses it, it favors our cap space. Brilliant.
I trust the front office's creativity in structuring contract's, I just don't believe they have the ability to create miracles and that is exactly what people are asking for by wanting high-priced outside free agents, at some point the other shoe has to drop, I'd rather this team sign as many of their own free agents for the long term, rather than bringing in disgruntled players from other teams.
I agree, if it's one way or the other, we need to lock up our core first. That said, who has a better financial FO than us? Look at the Redskins who continue to buy ALL of the FA's in the market every year yet are never over the cap. It can clearly be done and given we are really, just one or two key FA's away from being the best team in the NFL, now is the time to do that. You sign them now and restructure later (we did this with a few players this year)...write in clauses, escalators, etc. These players will want to come to our team now and you can build in cap friendly, incentive-based contracts.
The other thing we may be forgetting, and another poster alluded too, is to sign a few mid-level FA's that can genuinely push our current starters or promote within. But at this juncture, we should be looking to upgrade our starters big time and there are only a few places we need to do this in. One, maybe even two bigger signings should be manageable; there may be a few cuts (Whitner, Rogers, etc.) but if the FA you bring in is a serious upgrade and it has a positive domino effect, you've got to seriously consider it and making those tough moves.