Some of you are now on the watch because Talib was stupidly signed for big bucks by the buffoon from Denver. You are the last person anybody with smarts should want in a draft room or around the phones for free agency.
I'm celebrating Elway's stupidity. If he wants to roll the dice while hitting his cap that hard, that's good for us. The only better outcome for us would have been retaining Talib for 3 years at 4 mil per.
Free agency is mostly a sucker's game. You are surely going to be paying market value for guys that are either looking for a big payday after a rookie contract or longtime vets looking for that last money grab as they age. That's the sucker zone.
The only FA waters a smart GM should swim in is either low cost bargain guys that you are very sure will emerge or top tier performers exiting the rookie contract that love the game without question. And those are still extremely risky. What Elway did, or what somebody might do with Edelman is exactly what you shouldn't do. The chances of such desperate moves working out are very slim.
Drafting is so close to everything in team building that you might as well call it everything. Every draft pick in the first 3 rounds is precious beyond description when you are talking team build. Every possible avenue must be explored to identify can't miss draftees. We don't do that. We (read BB) rely FAR too much on the opinions of friends and bizarre hunches to do well enough in the draft long term, and demand some arcane insistence that they fit some mythical system as well. These picks are crucial especially because of their relatively low cost and the desire of the player to get that payday. And you absolutely want nearly immediate impact. Projects are for suckers.
Your best values in the draft are found from about picks 12 to 38 based on what it costs to acquire them and what it costs to sign players picked then. Efforts to shift picks and acquire them in this range should be vigorous within the confines of shrewd dealing.
And, above all, both in free agency and the draft, DURABILITY is a must. Acquiring people who can't stay on the field is the deed of idiots.
So, I wouldn't be too worried about the loss of china doll Talib. I would be worried about the draft.