Give him the deal he wants and backload the sucker for when those huge RB contracts go off the books.
We've got to look at what kind of team we are going to be and put the money into those positions. Right now we're a defensive team with a dual threat QB and conservative attack. That's what we are.
Therefore you put the big contracts into your front seven and QB.
You go cheap or through the draft on the back seven, o-line, RB. Get/keep a goto WR and TE and get lucky on a 2nd and 3rd WR in the draft or in FA. That's the makeup of this team. If we want to start playing big offensive football we let the Kracken go and use that money on a top end WR and RT. Pick your poison. You can't pay everybody the big money.
Resign Hardy and Mitchell.
Draft WR & O-line (especially tackle).
Let Captain, LaFell, and Mikell go if they won't take cheap deals.
Fill in the holes with cheap FA contracts like we did this year.
Next offseason we can free up a good bit of cap and the year after that even more. After next year we could actually cut Charles Johnson and save over 10 million. D-lo cut saves money. The year after that we could cut J-stew and it not kill us. By 2016 we should actually be paying the guys Gettlemen wants and not Hurney's monster contracts.
Push that Cam and Kracken money til then and also sign up Luke long term. That's my plan.
So, let's sign Hardy!!