You invest the time to mentor him to develop in the Defensive system both mentally and physically and now you are going to reap the benefits of the net payback or return on investment.

He was not asking for unreasonable money to be locked in

You do not even offer him a negotiation session.

Of course I am not in the meetings and practices but this philosophy will begin to eat away at the Defensive approach where you could afford to have a guy to not to start for a couple of years.

can someone talk some sense to me about this move?