So you don't think we overpaid anyone?
Don't need to compare it to the franchise tag bc I think Carolina should of done the new deals. They could of paid every one of those guys listed less money and saved millions. What was CJ offered in Atl again? He could do been retained with a new deal for a lot less.....same for Godfrey and Davis.
Beason could be the deal that hurts the worst....but going in you had to pay him. The others guys you had to pay to keep ....just not as much as we did.
You are saying we couldn't of kept this guys on smaller new deals? I find that hard to believe. CJ was the best and most attractive....and no one was offering close to what we paid.
You sign your core and pay them well so they don't go to free agency. You can't pay them less than the going rate and expect them not to test free agency. CJ was paid a premium so he stayed here. Remember we were coming off a 2-14 season and had just cut a ton of veterans. we were looking like the worse team in the NFL before we turned things around. Who wanted to play for us if we didn't pay them a bunch?? CJ said he wanted to go to a contender, he only stayed here because we paid him so much. So no I don't think we could have paid smaller contracts after Richardson gutted the team in 2010. Do I think we could pay less this year given what happened in 2011, yeah perhaps so. But I think everyone forgets how bad things were last offseason.