Maybe using the term "throwing money" up front was a mistake but my point stands. I think we have reached a point where we wont see a return on our investment with Troy and Ike. I would like to see us shed some money, bring in more playmakers up front while plugging in youth in our backfield.
The Panthers paid a ton on offense and watched their D lose games. They addressed the D and now they are playing incredible D this year and they arent paying big money to their DBs and they are getting great production.
Comparing stopping Tom Brady to the impossible task of stopping Cedrick Wilson shows you dont know the game at all!!!!!!!
That's the Steelers issue. Troy is having to play LB and safety. How good would this team be if Hood, McClendon, Worilds, Hood, and Allen were playing great? Regardless of the money the draft picks have to step up.
ask troy to take a big cut, release clark.
This is not a RUMOR ALERT, this is common sense. I posted on here quite some time ago (too lazy to look it up) that Troy will either be asked to take a drastic pay cut or not be back with the team next year. It has very little to do with his play, and everything to do with his number. This team can simply not afford to dedicate that much space to Troy when the space is so tight elsewhere. Same goes for Heath. That shaves close to $15M off of the cap for 2014. Throw in Levi and you are up over $20M.
Ike is a little more difficult because they just restructured him and his dead money hit would be close to $5M. With other players who they would have wanted to keep, why put a bigger dead money hit to a guy who you want to cut next year? My gut feeling is that they have already discussed a pay cut for him for next year. Big, but not drastic - like cutting his $7M salary by around $3M. Saves $3M against the cap and keeps the team's best corner on the roster.
Here is the big question, which will cause heated debate on both sides...Maurkice Pouncey:
It has been discussed many times that he has either regressed, or not progressed, since his rookie campaign. He also has a history of injuries, and made a few strange personal choices - tweeting about music after a SB loss, and supporting his buddy Hernandez. On the other side is the fact that he has earned multiple Pro Bowl berths, and some will claim that he is the best lineman the team has.
2014 is his last season under contract. He is due a roster bonus of $2.825M, giving him a cap hit of around $5.5M and a savings of $4.1M if cut. Velasco is not signed for nest season, but I can see him being signed somewhere around 3 years, $7.5M, with a cap hit under $2M for 2014. I can see the team parting ways with Pouncey, and doing a deal with Velasco. IMO he has been better than Pouncey, and will be cheaper to sign. When he was released by the Titans, it was under a $2.023M tender, and he is 28, so these numbers sound about right.
Troy still has game and is disruptive, must always be accounted for by the other team's O. Clark will go. Trade Ike, of if not take the cap hit. Keep Troy, with a pay adjustment.
PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE TROLL