Originally Posted by Atlanta Dan
The trick is to hit the jackpot on a QB in the draft and for that matter draft well to have a complete team
On the Monday night game they showed a graphic that Seattle has 0.6% of its cap space tied up in Russell Wilson and 7 or 8 starters making less than $1 million per year. Rams had to pay Bradford under the old system and he is 10% of their cap space
The ESPN crew said the window closes on Seattle when all that young talent gets paid
Once the franchise QB qualifies for his 9 figure contract you need to draft well to have surrounding players or eventually enter cap hell by having older players restructure
Which is why you will never see a 70s Steelers or 80s 49ers team again that wins a bunch of rings with the same core - Steelers being competitive from 2004-2010 is impressive in this era, but not having to pay Ben initially helped a lot
But you cannot win in the playoffs without a QB so that is who gets paid
That's why it's so hard to consistently win over a long period of time in the NFL. That's what makes the Steelers latest run of great teams even more impressive. Being able to replace parts on the fly with little to no drop off. They have finally hit a bump in the road. We need to give them a chance to recover like they always have.