Originally Posted by teegre
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.
And my point is that they don't plan on paying him that $9.75 million next year. This was strictly a case of buying some time to negotiate a deal that's best for all. The Steelers can get him at a better price and Worilds gets paid and is guaranteed a starting spot here where he's found his niche. Win-win.
There's no way Byrd would have come here for the price that we will ultimately sign Worilds for.
So your point about the Steelers not paying $10 million to players will hold true, because they don't plan on paying Worilds that money.
And to answer your question, "no", I wouldn't pay Worilds that money as a FA from another team because it would be long-term and locked in. It is neither in this scenario.