You know how long I have defended him.
But the past few years have just been too much.
2010 spending spree
2011 draft (minus Cam)
2011 ignoring of needs
I understand building through the draft, hell I am all for it.
But that doesn't mean you ignore Free Agency.
It doesn't mean you overpay your guys.
I feel like I am the last rat jumping off a sinking ship...
The whole "build through the draft" thing is a bit of a myth. I mean every single team gets some of their best "core" players through the draft. Even the Redskins, the front office punchline of this forum for years have created a core partially composed of Orakpo, Kerrigan, RGIII (obviously), Trent Williams. None of those players were acquired through free agency.
But there are GMs that understand that the draft is way too limited an outlet to build a superior team by itself. By the end of the 2nd round, most of the guys with solid potential to be bona fide NFL starters are gone. The only players left are players from small schools, players with limited skill sets, players that just aren't very good athletes, players that don't project to any real position, special teams aces that can't contribute on offense or defense, etc. Yes sometimes very solid guys slip through the cracks but those are exceptions.
Hurney's got this vision of never needing to draw up a contract for an outside player and it's almost like he'd rather waste his time frivolously trying to force this to work when he simply could be doing what better GMs do: balance your roster, and improve the most critical positions for success in this league, especially if they need help. If you need to sign a good player that's leaving another team, then do it.