What we spent on the offensive line last year wasn't modest at all, but it isn't something I'd consider excessive. Still, I think even with the departure of Wharton we're talented enough to get by without investing high picks, and with the extension of Hangartner, if we can nab Jason Brown I think we're set in the interior.
The problem with running back is that I'm sorry but if this team's top priority was to fill the roster with talent, DeAngelo would be playing somewhere else. When we pay big money to Stewart (and you know it's forthcoming) we're essentially paying 2 guys starting money to play one position on the field. The right thing to do would be to have let Williams walk if he wasn't enthused at coming back for half the money and making Stewart the feature back. He's talented enough to carry a bigger load, and it's not critical to have a backfield stacked with starters to help your rookie QB. Flacco had done well with rookie ray rice, a fullback, and a guy who got his knee torn asunder in college. Matt Ryan put together a good rookie season and Michael Turner was the main guy. The only reason they gave this extension to Williams is because we drafted him and he's proven himself capable at some point or another. When your criterion is that singular you're going to suffer in talent at other positions in cases like this, and Richardson is basically counting on Rivera to make chicken salad out of chicken poo at a bunch of other positions, especially on defense, because I don't see us patching any need with a proven starter from free agency in the forseeable future.
FIrst of all there is no way we could get rid of Williams because if we released or traded him his remaining signing bonus would escalate resulting in a cap hit of 10 million this year and next year right at 7 million unless we made it a June 1 release next year and it would be a manageable 3.5 million. So he is here this year and likely next. Hurney knew that when he made the contract so he is obviously comfortable with him here and has no plans to move him anytime soon. The coulda, shoulda, woulda back and forth is really only individual poster opinion not obviously shared by the team or front office who make the decisions whether we like it or not.
They gave him the extension because Denver wanted him and was going to pay for him and we wanted him more so we paid more from what I remember. We thought we needed him and paid him enough to keep him here despite the fact we were 2-14 and the worse franchise in the football at the time. If we hadn't paid him big bucks and Johnson as well,they would be playing else where.
The coaching staff decided that is was important to get a great running game to support a rookie quarterback and fix the offense after the dismal 2010 year.
You can go back and decide if you had to do it all over again you would do it differently but that is water under the bridge. For that matter if we had hindsight as our guide we wouldn't have signed Beason because we could have saved 25 million on that contract given what he would be worth coming back now with a major injury. We could have not signed Davis as well and saved some money as well. That money would have been spent on the defense where it belonged since neither of them played last year.
Even if we signed Williams for half the money he would have been signed for 4 million this year. Are you really telling me that 4 million dollars would make all the difference this year and we could fix the defense for that?? We will have that much in dead cap space. In a salary cap of 120 million, 4 million is not the make it or break it amount people make it out to be. At least he played last year and was productive. We had a bunch of guys who didn't play who collectively cost us more than he did.
As for Stewart handling the load, how do you know?? He has never had more than 221 carries in any year in his career. You can speculate he will be fine but do you know??? I am sure there is a positive correlation between injury and number of carries. Sure he hasn't gotten really hurt yet but until last year Peterson hadn't either, didn't stop him from going down with knee issues.
There is no evidence we suffered in talent elsewhere to sacrifice for Williams. Assuming we would have brought in someone else in free agency or signed him for 4 or 5 million a year instead of 8 million, you end up with a realistic difference of 3-4 million. Again 3 or 4 million a year isn't the make it or break it amount you and others make it out to be. it would get you another Mare, maybe an Edwards or perhaps a decent linebacker but it won't get you a top DE, corner or even a top linebacker in a very weak class this year like Tulle who wants 8 million bucks a season. This bitching about 1 contract for over a year which may have cost us 3 or 4 million a year more than it could have is ridiculous.
As for getting rid of Williams altogether, yeah if we had done that and heaven forbid Stewart went down, the bitching on here would have gone for a year
about how stupid that was to dump guys that have been there for the franchise and just shows how cheap Richardson is and that he doesn''t want to be a winner. Sound familiar???