You do get into a cap situation at some point, I think that's a big part of what has happened to the Colts, they had to skimp in other places so they could continue to afford Manning.
Having a QB like Manning play at a high level for as long as he has is both a blessing and a curse in the era of the salary cap. It's a blessing until he gets hurt and then all you have left is the watered-down roster you had to maintain in order to afford him.
I do fault them for not drafting a QB that they were grooming to take over the starting job for Manning, it's obvious they had very little confidence in Painter.
This is what I wonder about, is this present Panther FO (Hurney) smart enough to plan around Cams next contract? The Panthers have never had to pay a player this amount before. The last high dollar player negotiations didn't work out so well. Next year they have to start building contracts around Cams next one. I just hope they can do it, and know when to get rid of players, like NE and Pitt.