I haven't been on here much lately so forgive me if this has already been covered. Obviously we need to spend alot of money in FA to meet the minimum. I'm curious about the best way to spend it. My main question is how we should structure the contracts.
What if instead of locking people up to normal deals we picked a few key FA's and offered them seriously frontloaded contracts? So that the majority of the guaranteed money impacts this years cap. Would it be better to snag a few blue chip guys who will have very affordable contracts from the end of this season on? That is also to me a much more acceptable way of overpaying. I don't care if we gave someone a total deal considered too large if the majority of the impact is this season which is not a year we have Super Bowl aspirations. This keeps us flexible longer and helps create added trade value down the line for any of the FA's signed(Haynesworth would have no trade value if the rest of the contract wasn't so affordable now). It also means fewer FA's signed this year and you need to take extra care in evaluating character to find people who will still work hard even after getting a huge payday upfront. It also might help us avoid the pitfalls of the Snyderatto era down the road.
I don't really have any strong thoughts on the matter, though I do lean towards fewer contracts that are frontloaded, but I was curious what you guys thought. I'm not sure if it was discussed from this angle already but I think it should atleast be considered. HTTR