You realize that we would sign the same guys either way? Yah Steve might have 7 mil in cap for this year, but the hit is too much. Would you rather have Smitty or Jacoby Ford?
Would I rather spend more money on a 35-year old WR than a first round draft pick and a solid CB? Playing Smith keeps young, developing players off the field. His salary hurts your ability to address other needs. People are not really thinking about the cap or the future. Some say that Smitty's drop in production was the first stage of hittiing the wall. At 35, productivity does not increase. He is already the highest paid 35-year old WR in NFL history (if he is not cut). He cost us $10k per yard gained last year. Smart to keep him?
Regardless of whether we can do better or not, we have to try. I prayed he would take the pay cut and move inside--that still could happen, but he will be cut first.