A 2-14 team overpaying to resign their best defensive player is what they had to do. CJ has been dominant at times, and above all else, very consistent. He would have made the Pro Bowl the last 2 years in a bigger market.
It's hard to properly reflect on someone's tenure until they're gone for a while, but the longer Hurney is away, the better some of his drafting seems, and the worse the extensions seem.
The Delhomme/ 2009 keeping the band together contracts never really bothered me b/c they were dumped in 2010. Although in retrospect it is fair to say the team did not do everything they could have to put the most competitive team on the field that year. But with Fox, the lockout, etc., it was definitely a year to forget.
I understand JJR wanting to open his pocketbooks in 2011 to make a point, and Hurney was ready to spend. With underused, at least Williams & Stewart's production has still been there. The ROI on Beason is as bad as a contract can get. I love #52, but any criticism about that deal is justified, at least as of today.