Also you guys got to remember, its only our big name players who didn't like G-man up (the guys he was asking to restructure and take flat pay cuts). Just because Dave doesn't want to blow all the teams cap on a couple of above average players doesn't make him some cheap prick. The money is simply going to be spread a little less top-sided throughout the roster, thats all. The goal is for everyone to be taken care of, everyone to be a winner and everyone to be happy.
Ultimately it is what makes sense. We won't end up like the Falcons where one injury will completely decimate the team (although if Cam goes down... but heck any team that has a good QB is in deep trouble if their QB goes down), As the system goes on, the easier it is to maintain. Players buy in, guys who like to win are happy, everyone is still getting a respectable check, pro bowl and playoff bonuses are being doled out left and right, we win superbowls.
As long as we continue to be successful, this plan will work. Historically, the Steelers are the most successful franchise in the NFL (based on SB wins), they don't overpay players. The Patriots have had a winning record every year for over a decade, they don't overpay players. If you want sustained success (which is the best way to win a superbowl, as the playoffs are basically a roll of the dice every year) you need to have the business aspect of your team laid out. Be honest with the players, weed out the money-only guys, make good critical decisions and you don't have limits.
excellent post........ and the bolded is the most important.
Be firm, lay it on the table and don't lie to anyone ..........
and you will be respected in this league and players will want to play for you.