Originally posted by GoldenJoe:
Because we are not bargaining from a complete position of strength. Everyone knows that Kap is our guy, if we do hold on to Alex, that prevents us from extending guys like Dashon or signing Free Agents. We are lucky that Alex is the best on the market and that the QB draft class blows, otherwise we might be getting worse offers or none at all.
Meh. But we can comfortably hold on to both as Kap is still playing under his rookie deal and makes next to nothing. Him being "our guy" means nothing once you consider that. Basically, we CAN afford to play hardball if Baalke really wanted to but he doesn't seem like that type. For one, the risk is too great that it blows up in his face because really, who's going to give up two number one's (or something equally ridiculous) for Smith?
I get the impression that once the FO attaches a value to a player, they tend to stick with that. No need for games.