Sorry but I think it is an educated assumption that no team was going to pay a LB coming off 2 ACL tears that type money.
I think based on Hurneys history there is enough to support that he does overpay. He doesn't do it just bc we had a bad year...it is consistent with this franchise. Sure, there are PROS and cons to everything....but pointing out the cons is going to happen.
I don't think I said Hurney was bad....he doesn't consistently overpay guys....pros and cons to it. Can't pretend there aren't negatives with there moves.
So now we have to down to just Davis. Ok then. Here is what Yas said about the deal.
Technically, Davis already was under contract for this season. Under an obscure rule that existed only in the 2010 uncapped year, Davis’ contract for last season rolled over to this season because he spent all of last year on the physically-unable-to-perform list.
The Panthers didn’t want Davis to feel like a victim of that rule, so they made it a point to extend his contract. It now runs through 2015, but there is protection built into this deal in case Davis can’t come back as something close to the player he was before the injuries.
The Panthers renegotiated Davis’ base salary this year down to $1 million, but they gave him a $7 million signing bonus right up front. That brings Davis’ cap figure down to $2.4 million for this year, after it originally was scheduled to be $3.8 million.
The real key will be how Davis performs this season. If he fares well, he’ll be well paid going forward. If he struggles, Davis probably won’t be with the Panthers next season. That’s because his deal includes an $8 million option bonus for 2012. If the Panthers pay that bonus, they’ll also be paying bigger salaries to Davis down the road.
His 2012 base salary is $2.25 million and it jumps to $4.25 million in 2013. The base figure jumps to $5.75 million in 2014 and $7.25 million in 2015.
So we were obligated to pay 3.8 million anyway unless we cut him last year which they negotiated it down to 1 million last year and paid him 7 million up front for a total of 8 million. So his cap hit last year was 2.4 million and if we release him with no redo he will cost the other 5.6 million. Now that 5.6 million assumes the worse case scenario which is we just release him. What if we agree to pay him the 2.25 million if he makes it to game 1 which will cost us the signing bonus cap hit of 1.4 million and agree to forego the option bonus or we release him. So we would actually pay him $3.65 million this year which might be worth a chance if he does recover and costs us less than it would if we release him. So last year he counts 2.35 million and this year it would be 3.65 million.
Next year if he were cut we would have around 4 million in dead cap space which is unavoidable and if by some miracle he can play, we finish out the rest of the contract. Or they tear it up totally by mutual consent and make another agreement without having to pay the option bonus or get stuck for the remainder of the signing bonus. I don't know how it all works at that point.
But assuming we work something out, I think it was a gamble we lost but not totally unreasonble.