Lotta interest in DEs considering the talent we have at the moment.
If I am the GM, I want to develop a first year contract DE so he is not a rookie when he has to start. So I draft one this year, knowing he will start in 2015.
If I am the GM, I give Hardy another year before I lock him into a big contract. See how he responds to money and the limelight. He is delightfully strange. If he gets 8.5 sacks in 2014, his long-term contract gets cheaper. If he balls, then it is a good sign that he is worth the huge mega-deal. Gettlemen probably knows that means shopping or cutting CJ. I think that is why his deal was not re-worked this spring--Gettlemen knows he is going to have to choose. Like Sophie's Choice, sorta.
And who is the CJ clone in the draft?
We have come full circle.
To be fair, if a young stud could afford to learn on the fly, the rest of our front 7 would make it much easier than in a usual scenario.