You guys are missing it. First Ivan, I don't have a problem with signing Stewart but it should be for his talent, not how good friends he is on the team. If you've read Marty quotes about the signing he has brought up friendship and how his personality "fits this organization". He said similar things about Jake Delhomme after signing Jake to 20million guaranteed post 5 int in playoffs game. We got rid of Kris Jenkins because he didn't fit our organization but you know what? Jenks was one hell of a DT, we still haven't replaced him.
Second, you guys make it sound like players getting along is some sort of rare occurrence we should be grateful for. Most players get along. We don't need to jeopardize the cap to keep friends together. In some cases conflict can bring out the best in guys when they are trying to get their touches. Steve is an example of a guy that mixes it up. Great player, but he can rub guys the wrong way.
Third, back to Ivan. We signed Thomas Davis to a massive contract after he missed one and a half seasons to injury. We did NOT sign that deal before injury. We paid him $1m in base and $7m in signing bonus. We effectively gave him $8m guaranteed when he hadn't played since 2009. Had we cut ties with him this spring that $7m signing bonus would have hit this 2012 season and destroyed our cap space. He could have used that as a bargaining chip to keep some of the $8m option bonus due this year but he helped us out and waived the option bonus. Still, with all that said he's a $2.25m cap hit right now for us. The contract he signed in 2011 was dumb. Had he played at a pro bowl level we still would have cut him because the contract was so bad. It was Hurney doing a solid for someone he admired. It didn't make football sense.
Again, I'm not saying it was wrong to resign Stew. I am saying friendship and to a degree character should not have much if any influence. There are plenty of guys out there that are good in the locker room that make better cap/football sense. (Tolbert for example). Character should be a pass/fail check box on every player. Not an attribute with weighted value.
Kris Jenkins is one of those guys that comes along once in a decade. Luckily we got him for a good while and besides once he left, he wasn't the same. He went to the jets and had issues with his knees I believe. Just wasn't the same after he left here.
Jake was again, another diamond in the rough. He worked out well in the beginning but fizzled out in the end.
The common trend I see is that the organization itself doesn't know when to let go of a player. Either they let go too soon or they hold on for too long. Jake is a prime example of the latter. Peppers of the first. But really pep didn't want to be here.
TD is a Panther, no matter what. His contract doesn't do anything anyway. If he goes down there's a clause in there to protect the team. So really no loss in having him around. If you can get something out of him this time around it's a plus. You know Davis is a great LB that can rush the passer.
Hurney has always had the philosophy to pay their own. Sometimes I don't agree with it, but then I realize, hell it's not my money he's playing with.
I'm sure Hurney himself would have liked to have handled some situations in a better way if he could. But what is done is done now.