Originally posted by AB83Rules:
Brady just took less money in 2013 and even less in later years so they could sign FAs.
I know Ozzie is a good GM, but he had no choice. Flacco won the SB, MVP, they were in cap hell, they needed their star QB, and lost nearly every starter on Defense.
It is stupid to pay someone if it will hurt the cap down the line. Flacco's deal is outragious , not worth it. His 3rd or 4th yr he counts $20M, and more throughout the deal. You cant set aside that amount in the new cap era, where it's flat.
Why do people not understand it. I know Kap is 20M QB worthy, but is Baalke dumb enough to structure a deal that will hurt the cap is question now. And please dont attack me. It seems like your new thing to do BrianGO. I will not retaliate for no reason.
"...he had no choice."
This is KEY.
Obviously, Ozzie had a "choice", but that choice was between being destroyed by the media and fans (where people can't forget, the NFL is a BUSINESS FIRST), or overpaying for Flacco and hurting the actual team long term.
You say Flacco won the Super Bowl. So what? Who cares? What's that? The fans? Who cares what they think. Oh wait, you're right, the FANS are what matter in the business of football. The FANS want to see Flacco stay, because the team won't be as good without him and he just won a Super Bowl and the FANS think he deserves to get paid.
Can you honestly say that there is less pressure on Baalke to sign Kap? Are you saying that the FANS of the 49ers are more likely to be happy about Kap walking as Ravens fans would be happy about Flacco walking? NO WAY Jose.
Baalke MUST sign Kap. Like Newsome, "he has no choice". The FANS will set fire to team headquarters if he lets Kap walk because he doesn't want to pay him like Flacco. It is exactly the same situation. Flacco winning the Super Bowl is only significant because the FANS have become more attached to him.
However, Kap NOT winning a Super Bowl, does not mean the fans are any less attached to him than the Ravens fans are to Flacco.
Kap leaving this team, would be like Ronald McDonald leaving McDonald's. It would be an EPIC DISASTER for the team and for their business. He is already the face of the franchise and will become more so in the year ahead, with or without a Super Bowl victory.
The Lions, Ravens, Falcons, Saints, Packers all had NO CHOICE.
BTW, Brady and his wife make 70 quadrillion dollars a year on things not related to football. So Brady can afford a bit of a hit on his income, even though he probably needed permission from his wife.
I am not trying to attack. Just trying to debate the issue. Text can look a lot more harsh then it is intended to be.
[ Edited by BrianGO on Sep 11, 2013 at 11:58 PM ]