Ray Edwards was a simple example of supply and demand...Falcons needed a pass rusher. Charles Johnson was by far the best one on the market. Panthers overpaid to keep him, and he turned out to be a consistent player.
Ray Edwards benefited from playing on one of the best D-Line's in the game at the time. Because of Charles Johnson's deal, Ray Edwards commanded a much higher salary that he wasn't really worth...just because there weren't many other alternatives on the market. Even though it was a small win, I'll take any Panthers victory over the Falcons right now. Keeping CJ away from the Falcons was the right move at any cost.
I just don't quite understood this right here. We paid not only an ascending, young player but also, out priced ATL. But how is he overpaid?
Julius Peppers: 6 years 84 mil.
Mario Williams: 6 years 96 mil.
Charles Johnson: 6 years 76 mil.
Cameron Wake: 5 years 34 mil. (he was paid for being an outside LB at the time)
Elvis Dumervil: 6 years 61.5 mil. (he was paid for being an outside LB at the time)
So we got a statistically better player than those DEs who were paid as DEs, and at a cheaper price.