Originally Posted by TheDude
very well thought out post teegre,
Lots of youth ready to emerge on both sides of the ball. Lots of already-established-guys on both sides of the ball. Hell, many of them are young too!!
But I gotta go w/ Vis on this one...
Ziggy, Heyward, Lewis, Allen, Sanders, Pouncey, and Redman. All come due at some point in a year or two. All have established themselves in this league.
I think Colbert, Khan & Co already have dollars earmarked for Pouncey. You gotta figure they have dollars earmarked for either Ziggy or Heyward's 2nd contract. But if they both pan out, who knows we could resign em both! Steelers like to keep their own as we all know.
Then you look at guys like Lewis or Redman. Both guys are getting their first opportunity to enter camp as favorite to finish atop the depth chart. One or both of them could have big seasons. Now, Im not predicting this will happen, but its not a struggle for me to imagine Redman playing well enough this season that he could establish himself as the primary ball carrier and worthy of a contract extension.
As a result of all the young talent you mentioned in your post, we need to maintain as much financial stability as we can.
So I would not support as massive extension for Wallace...and Im guessing that is exactly what he is seeking.
I hear your concerns.
Allow me to try to counter/convince you.
REDMAN: If he establishes him as a startling caliber RB, that eliminates one more draft-needy position (more picks to use on defensive players). And, the offense gets 70% of the cap (which would include a RB). Lastly, he'd be the final cog on offense (which would be a good thing). I'm all for him becoming the next Thomas Jones.
LEWIS: If he has a good year, he'd get a decent contract. Only having one year as a starter, he won't require much (especially with Allen & Brown behind him). Speaking of Allen...
HEYWARD & ALLEN: They won't be due for three years. They are two of those players who will be kept long-term (I see them as All-Pros). They would be in that 30%.
HOOD: I have never been a fan of Hood (which means that he'll have a breakout year). I would assume that he could be re-signed for cheap. Otherwise... they'd need to add DE to the list of players to draft.