Kurb... what do you think the thinking by Hurney et al was for these contracts?
Well the "spending spree" has lots of narratives.
Beason: No one thought this was really that bad of a deal. Sure Beas was coming off an injury, but I THINK it was his first. He was arguably a top 3 MLB at the time and the de facto leader of the defense. I don't fault Hurney for this.
The Kicker that shall not be named: This looked and felt stupid AF. Kasey was cut over politics. He was the Player Rep for the team and showed up during the lockout. "The Kicker" was really just a guy and Hurney paid him like he was a HOF dude.
Olsen was arguably his best move and that was a simple extention.
Johnson: HE was and is still being paid for future production. I disagree with the article that he isn't a star player. He is an excellent DE but his nature and the media treatment of the Panthers prevents him from getting lots of notice. He is also still under 30 I believe. The premium came when Atlanta came snooping around, this drove Hurney into a panic and he over paid by likely 1-3 mill a year. This contract also likely kept Atlanta from playing in the Superbowl last season and that has a ton of value to me.
Godfrey: Another contract likely written for future production. He was/is such an up and down Safety that Hurndog likely thought he would become an exceptional pro in the next couple of seasons. Of all the deals it was at least structured so we can release him this season and "make" some cap room.
DWill and Stew: This was a deal by a guy that wasn't paying attention to the league. These two contracts are awful and no excuse is valid enough to hold water. Maybe he thought 2008 was right around the corner? Maybe he thought ...fug I don't know what he was thinking. Had we let Williams walk we would have likely gotten a 3rd or 4th round comp pick that could have been spun into a RB to replace Stewart after his contract was up or better yet complement Stewy while started under a more reasonable contract. It's almost as if Hurney didn't even look up from his glass of scotch and notice the trends in the NFL.
The Kalil deal is the only one that made any sense top to bottom.
My theory on many of these deals boils down to Jerry Richardson trying to mend some wounds with the players and the fans, while proving a point to the media. JR mailed in the season before the lock-out, bottom line he went cheap and stole money from PSL owners by not putting out the best product possible. It protected his profits and the jobs of people he likely walks by everyday. When the smoke cleared the Panthers not only had wasted the lost season of 2010, they had fuged up their cap for the next 5 years or so.
I WANTED the offseason to prepare the team for future greatness. Let DWill walk, get a comp pick for him. Extend Beason, Extend Kalil, Re-sign CJ, dont fug over John Kasey, don't resign Godfrey for that much money. Sign a WR, Sign some young OLine guys, Fix the defense over the course of a couple years.
The final piece of the puzzle was the divorce of Fox and Hurney. Had Hurney been sent packing when Fox was sent packing this whole ordeal would have been avoided. However, Hurney was a JR man. If JR poo the bed in the media, Hurney fixed it. If the team was sucking ass, Hurney jumped on the Media Grenades to insulate JR. Hurney was JR's fall guy for tons of issues and JR rewarded him by keeping him around when he should have fired him or moved him to "President of Football Operations" or some bullshit.