Originally posted by GoldenJoe:
Of course we can hold on to both but as you noted, no one is going to sell the farm for Alex, so why should we pretend to play hard ball when everyone knows that we want to trade Alex and that it would be terrible for the locker room if we did hold on to him? The money owed to Alex is not overwhelming amongst QBs, however it is top end money for most other positions in this league. Everyone knows we are best served trading Alex, keeping him prevents us from improving as a team by allocating his salary elsewhere.
I explicitly said in my post that playing hardball isn't really Baalke's style. Though, I think the whole "locker room chemistry" thing is a bit overrated, especially in this case. Can you really see Alex causing a stink? Despite having NUMEROUS occasions offered to him where he would have been well within his rights to go apish*t he kept it professional, and kept it moving.
I mean really, if he flipped out and horse-slapped Nolan after being benched for JT O'Sullivan, could anyone really blame him?
Two, the money is irrelevant as I stated that we can comfortably afford both. But I fully agree that the money is better spent elsewhere considering he is no longer a starter. And that is exactly why he is going to be traded. If not to the Chiefs, then somewhere else.
Fret not my friend.