Re: alex mack matched by Browns
posted at 4/11/2014 6:50 PM EDT
In response to rkarp's comment:
Mack would make $10 million this season, then $8 million in each of the next four seasons. The first three seasons, all $26 million worth, are guaranteed, meaning Mack has received the highest guarantee of any free agent this offseason.
Why would any team pay a C that much, when they have to pay a QB (if Hoyer plays well this year he is a free agent after this year), LT (THomas coming due) and Haden (coming due)
Wendell or Connolly, as mediocre as they may be, seem like a steal with this MAck deal
Pats are paying more for a guard...many people would argue that's insane. Mack is an elite C. That is very valuable.
You have to start somewhere. Pats started with Adrian Klemm, Matt Light and Richard Seymour and lucked into Brady. 3 picks in the first 2 rounds in his first 2 drafts, all were on the line, and 2 were absolutely nailed.
You don't START with a good QB and no line...ask Houston how that worked when they took Carr #1 overall and had him sacked 150 times in his first 2 years. Who knows if the kid might have been good, but no QB was going to succeed in that situation.
Cleveland is a fairly atrocious team. They need to start somewhere, and starting in the trenches is how many teams built themselves back to relevancy. You need multiple good OLineman, or any half-way decent D-coordinator will simply expose your weaknesses anyway.