Originally Posted by Atlanta Dan
With signing bonus wouldn't Byrd be a bigger cap hit than $11 million in 2014?
Probably... but, I'm not sure.
He was offered $9 million per year (the tag for safeties is $8.4 million) Using an educated guess, I'd say that he wants right around $11 million per year.
But, even if he wants as much as $12 million, it would only be $2.25 million more than Worilds. And, Byrd is easy better than a mere "$2.25 million more than Worilds."
Think about it this way, using two totally different players:
Let's say that the Chargers are about to lose Ryan Mathews to free agency. Mathews has been often injured, and only really produced for the last half of the past season. Now, for whatever reason, Megatron is available... for only $2.25 million more than Mathews.
Who do you sign?
One is an often injured player who "could" be top ten at his position... and the other is easily one of the two best at his respective position.
If Worilds signs with another team, so be it.
If he signs for $6.5 million per year, so be it.
If he plays one year, and then leaves, so be it.
BUT, if he signs a multi-year deal worth $8 million (or more) per season... ugh. That much money would have been far better served on a proven player: Byrd.