As all of you know, we tagged Greg Hardy at a cost of $13.1 million in cap space. According to those closest to the team, there was never any intention of signing him long term nor any attempt to trade him. So consider him a 1 year rental.
Here's the question/exercise...what could we have done with that same amount of cap space if we chose not to tag Hardy? A few examples follow. Please note this thread has nothing to do with his legal problems, we are only looking at the potential value of a great defensive end versus filling some holes in other areas with good players.
For example, here are 3 players we could have signed and stayed roughly the same in cap impact:
- Golden Tate, WR, Cap hit of $3.1 million
- Jason Veldheer, LT, Cap hit of $2.5 million
- Aquib Talib, CB, Cap hit of $7.9 million
Would we have been better off with these 3 or with Greg Hardy alone?
If you want to look at who was available, check this link: http://www.cbssports...ons/free-agents
For cap charges, follow this link: http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/ and just type in who you want to search for.
The point of all of this is to show that we had a number of viable options available to us. Guys like Branden Albert, DeSean Jackson, Eric Decker and Alterraun Verner. And by the way, our old buddy Mike Mitchell carries a $2.2 million cap hit this year.
It's your chance to play GM. Have at it.