Re: LaVar off the market
I'm glad to see that this guy is in the NFC. WOW that is a big contract for a guy that was in Washington's dog house. In years 1-3 there's an outside chance he'll be worth that kind of money. In years 4-7, there isn't a snowball's chance. Right now, he's 27 years old and, IMHO, he hasn't warranted that kind of money at all. This guy has been riding his out of this world reputation and potential for all it's worth. More power to him.
I think this might be a sign of things to come under the new CBA. We are going to see some similarities to what has happened in baseball. The big market Giants can afford to ink a contract that is 3 years of return, and 4 years of dead money. Smaller market teams won't be able to afford that. In a sense, I respect what the Bengals have been doing. They are taking the smart approach. They won't be able to absorb that dead money down the road, so they're signing guys to front loaded contracts. They are spending all that they're allowed under the salary cap, but doing it in a way that won't mortgage the future.
All said, I'm glad we didn't sign Arrington. It would have made a big splash with the fan base and the media. I don't think it would have made that big of a splash on the field. Marvin can draft guys with the best of them. Right now, the Bengals are a lot like the Reds. A ton of offense, but too many holes on everything else. If we put all that money towards Arrington, he may patch one hole, but the rest are still there. I'd rather let Marvin fix a lot of holes in a cost effective manner: smart drafting. That's how teams go from a flash in the pan to a true dynasty type of organization.
How do we know he's not Mel Torme?