Re: Performance based value courtesy of ProFootballFocus...
posted at 3/30/2013 10:24 PM EDT
In response to TrueChamp's comment:
Before using the argument that having a quarterback like Brady handcuffs your salary cap and therefore doesn't allow you to go out and spend, consider this...
In response to mia76's comment:
The other point about this is that starters get injured - not sure what the average missed games by 'starters' due to injury is in the NFL, but it is probably in the range of 64 (4x16) and 96 (6x16) games. That means you are relying on reserve players for significant time in every game. Having quality back-ups is one reason not to overspend on all your starters.
People complain about BBs misses in FA and trades a lot - Ocho etc. but for the most part they have not been top of the market deals and they haven't crippled the team long term. And the successes have been great and at great prices.
I agree with you here. You need depth more then ever, and BB has put us in position to field a championship contender every year( maybe not 2009 and the start of the defensive rebuild) by "building a team" and not blowing his wad on unproven FA types. Some fans do not realize having 1 of the best qbs in history also means you commit a significant portion of your cap to himfor 13 years) and it makes it more difficult to go after the tier 1 FA guys. Then we lock up our own home grown talent more then most teams. Look at the amount of money we have invested in our core...
Look at the ravens. They had to cut half of their starters just to get joe flacco signed cause the guy had 1 great post season run. Look at the cowboys, they are hamstrung because they knew they had to give romo 50 million to keep him. They can't sign anybody in FA. Look at Pitt, or half the teams in the LG and the moves they were forced to make. The list goes on and on.
The only other legit championship contender you see making as many moves as we have is denver. We have signed amendola, talib,volmer, wilson, Hoowy, 2 average receivers who played for bad qbs, arrington an undervalued cb, 2 cfl pass rushing prospects with solid potential, andstill have more cap room then most teams in the LG???.
Ill take the BB formula all day everyday. It is proven, and unless your living under a rock, you know this is true.
A QB like Brady enables you to be a good team, correct? Good teams generally are picking somewhere around 25-32...bad teams (who don't have a QB like Brady) are selecting 1-10 year after year. How much does that end up costing? What's the price difference between say the 4th pick in the draft, compared to the 29th pick in the draft? 20 million in total contract dollars? More? Try doing that year, after year. Now try doing that year, after year, but also having to spend a pretty decent salary on some has been quarterback like Carson Palmer, or Donte Culpepper. All of the sudden the extra we have to spend is not that much different. I can remember the years when Miami was basically forced to select Ronnie Brown and pay him close to 40 million. Ronnie Brown!! The guy blew his knee out a year after proving just how average a player he was.
At least we are paying for a guy that will cover up for mistakes and lead us to the playoffs every season...quite a luxury to have. When that luxury is gone it may be us picking in the top ten year, after year...and paying some retread QB 10 million a season. We also I imagine will be changing our fiscally tight philosophy when people stop going to the games.