Ive seen this so many times, where people are saying Den is going all in this year and mortgaging future success.
I simply don't see it. Here's why:
Of their big contracts: Talib's deal is actually just a 3 year deal, and could potentially only be 1...not the 6 years we initially thought. Ware deal I am not a huge fan of, but also a three year deal. He may still have 2-3 good years left in him...so not too far fetched. And TJ Ward should be entering his prime...candidate to actually live through the 4 year deal.
There upcoming big contracts are D Thomas and V Miller...However, with the expected cap jump by 2015, and the Manning retirement and Welker expiration...they should be fine with those contracts.
Last but not least, they have not, to my knowledge, traded away their draft picks. This is the most important in my opinion. Trading away draft picks or overpaying for mediocre plays is mortaging the future, not paying high level players and keeping picks. You could argue the pats have done more to mortgage their future in recent history by trading picks for Chad Ochocinco, Derrick Burgess, Talib, Haynesworth, etc.
Honestly, I think Elways has done a good job as a GM. Their drafts have been fairly decent and he has been a closer when it comes to FAs...I think his biggest mistake is his choice in coach.
I havent seen the full details of the Ware and Ward contracts...but I can be swayed to believe others. However, at the moment, as long as they draft decently and can find a Manning replacement, I don't think theyve actually mortgaged their future.
An example of mortgaging your future is the Redskins in the 2000's