Originally Posted by bucksfan2
I remember hearing about those rules. I also thought that even though rookie wages were capped, contracts were maxed out at 4 years and you had to be so many years removed in order to get an extension. That could complicate things with Green, Adkins, and yes Dalton.
The thing with spending over the cap, is it doesn't exactly work. Just off the top of my head the three highest profile FA of the past couple of years have been Asomugha, Mario Williams, and Albert Haynesworth. The last big FA that ended up being a big splash probably was Julius Peppers but those are few and far between. Two teams that got penalized over the past year were the Cowboys and the Redskins who were kinda blah if you ask me. The Redskins made the playoffs not due to FA but to RGIII and Alfred Morris, two rookies.
As to Benihana's stance on WR, Wallace and Bowe do little for me. To me it is alarming when someone plays like they were upset they didn't get a big contract, Wallace. Bowe has had some attitude issues in the past and am quite content without having a diva WR. Amendola would be a nice target but the guy just can't stay on the field.
RB, WR, LB, and S need to be addressed in the draft. I would extend Johnson, bring Gilberry back, and extend/franchise Smith.
I would disagree with one thing - the FA WR from last offseason paid BIG dividends to their teams this year:
Pierre Garcon: Played half the season because of injury but still had 633 yards and 4 TDs (full year would be 1200 yards and 8 TDs)
Vincent Jackson: 72 Rec, 1384 yards, 8 TDs
Brandon Marshall (granted he was traded, but still...): 118 Rec, 1508 yards, 11 TDs
Despite playing only 9 games, Garcon played a big part in RGIII's success and the Redskins made the playoffs.
V-Jax and Marshall were two of the top 10 WR in the league this year. And Jackson had Josh Freeman throwing to him.
You're telling me the Bengals couldn't use one of those given Dalton's struggles?
Yes, Wallace is pissed about his contract and may be seeking too much money.
Yes, Bowe has attitude issues (he's also performed well without ever having a good QB).
Yes, Amendola has had injuries this season. But he's been incredibly productive despite that fact, and has no offensive help.
All three guys have warts, hence they won't get record-breaking deals (at least Bowe and Amendola won't). So go sign one of them Mr. Brown and give this team the talent it needs. Sanu, Jones, and anyone we would draft this year is going to need at least 2-3 years to turn into what these guys are right now. That is not time we can afford to waste. This is the window, make it happen. Bring home the Bengals version of Mat Latos or Shin Soo-Choo and compete while the window is open.
At a minimum we'll get to see what Dalton is really made of with real weapons.