Rivera doesn't have anything to do with contract negotiations. We overpaid horribly to keep our core. You are rght about Hurney drafting with the coaches--RR picked Cam, not Hurney. Hurney picked Clausen and Armanti.
We retained great core players. The dollar amounts spent is really irrelevant, because we weren't targeting anyone else with that money, and we don't have the constant money squabbling headaches other teams go through because we pay our players (and then creatively restructure when necessary.)
People here get bitchy about the cap amounts and dollars and then are mystified when their yearly prognostications of doom and cap hell fail to materialize. It's as if they have no clue how the NFL actually operates. . .