Well, that’s the thing. Everybody wants to say it’s a business, part of the business is examining what’s best for the organization. The player does assume the risk. And you would hate to see something bad happen under a one-year deal. But, it would be the most beneficial way to go from the team’s perspective. So, there’s a whole lot of dynamics involved.
It pretty much comes down to this: if the extension happens, then we pretty much know there’s some confidence about his ability to play at a high-level again. If the extension does not happen, that’s a pretty good indicator that the team, through their research, sees too much risk and a low margin of potential success.
Boy, if that stupid foot injury never happened, we’d have a clearer picture on things. That damn New England turf.
Only thing I disagree with is calling his injuries “overhyped”. Since Week 16 last season, he will have missed an entire 16 game season due to injury at the end of this season. That’s not overhyping his injuries. He has also lost the last 8 games he has started. If you want to say his injuries contributed to those losses, that’s not overhyping his injuries.
I would say it’s more accurate that if his injuries were taken more seriously sooner (the shoulder at the end of 2016, the foot in 2019) that maybe he would be healthier now. But saying his injuries are “overhyped” is just plainly ignoring the facts.