And the apparently-not-so-common-common-sense-award goes to...
I think people are just so butthurt over Hurney that they completely oppose the idea of paying players good money now. That's really the only reason I can see why people are seriously discussing cutting Greg Olsen, Charles Johnson, and Cam Newton. It's completely delusional.
I know cj is our best DE under contract currently, but he did have a down year and 20 million dollars is something I'd expect JJ Watt to make in a season.
Here is a hypothetical question if we designate CJ as a june 1st cut and then use that money to go after Hardy would anyone be opposed to that? I know this is extremely unlikely to happen but IMO it puts us in better shape for the long term as long as Hardy can keep his nose clean. Keep in mind you also have to take into account Hardys possible suspension next year as well.
He was leg-whipped after an excellent opening in 2013 and didn't fully recover until about midway through this season. PFF rated him as the best DE over the final stretch of this season. There is absolutely no way he is cut.
"We sat down and he told me 'The fact of the matter is we're going to have to release you'," Williams told Molly Grantham during a sit down conversation. "I said you know, 'Why?' and he said, 'because we don't run the ball enough. Just like you said back before the season started, we don't run the ball enough to keep you and both [Jonathan Stewart], so we're going to release you'."
"I don't feel bitter at all. [Stewart] had the hot hand at the end of the season. He's a great running back, obviously, uh, I don't feel bitter at all. It's a business," Williams said. "And that business comes back and reminds us year after year - whether it be Steve Smith, whether it be Jordan Gross, whether it be myself - it's going to happen to every guy in that locker room, so it doesn't bother me at all."
If luck gets 25 million a year then his deal will probably be somewhere around 6 years 150 million that is fuging insane
Think about it this way... If we had drafted him just a year earlier, we would have payed him a rookie contract of somewhere around 80-90 million overall. We had a bargain with him, he's played well, and now it's time to pay him.
I want the Falcons to get him, actually. They'll have so much money devoted between him, Julio Jones and Roddy White they won't have any money put towards anything else. It'll be like our situation with Double Trouble.