Originally Posted by _sturt_
Yes. And I contend that building EXCLUSIVELY through the draft will get you close... but NEVER... over the top.
And if an owner/GM never even begins to approach the salary cap year-after-year-after-year, even now in the Lewis era... that says more about his interest in managing the family business than it does about his interest in managing a SB quality football team.
Meaningless to you I'm sure and no flame intended, but to my mind, some of you are just seeing what you WANT to see.
Okay... so there's every indication that they're NOT going to resign TJ if you've been following the grapevine nationally... no indication they're going after one of the top-dog D-linemen...
"Against the cap???"
Don't count on it. History says differently. Same old Mike.
I think its YOU who are seeing what you want to see. From ALL indications, TJ WILL be re-signed. He even hired a new agent because the other one didn't want him to re-sign with the Bengals. Following the 'grapevine' gives no indication of TJ leaving Cincinnati, aside from specualtion from a reporter or two here and there who are just throwing things against the wall and seeing what sticks.
I can't comment on what free-agents from outside the organization they are targeting because I don't work in their front office, but I don't doubt they'll at least entertain whatever top tier free agents are on the market that suit needs for the team.
As for recent history and the cap.....the Bengals finished 2004 OVER the salary cap by 1 million dollars.
Championships for MY teams in my lifetime:
Cincinnati Reds - 75, 76, 90
Chicago Blackhawks - 10, 13
University of Kentucky - 78, 96, 98, 12
Cincinnati Bengals - None
Chicago Bulls - 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98