Originally Posted by Buddha Bus
I agree with you that a top tier player like Byrd would make us instantly better, but when was the last time the Steelers went out and signed a top tier free agent (other than their own) for that kind of money? It's just not their M.O.
Besides, as you already pointed out, Worilds will likely be signing a long-term contract with a more cap friendly number soon anyway. Even if he didn't and we had to pay him the $9.75 million, it's only for one year. With Byrd, we would be on the hook for that price over a 3-5 year span.
It'll work out somehow, Teeg. Keep the faith!!!
That's my entire point: the Steelers don't pay $10 million for players... yet, they did for Worilds.
If Worilds were on another team (he was a free agent from Denver) would you have signed him for $10 million?... or, would you have signed Byrd for slightly more? Byrd is easily the answer.
$6-7 million is fair value for Worilds. $10 million was not.