Very well stated.
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little disappointed, or that this is how I'd have played free agency if I were Ballard. However, we aren't behind the scenes. We don't know how these negotiations have played out. It really could be as simple as these guys we've gone after not wanting to come here regardless of how much they were being offered.
Ballard has so far earned my trust, as he really did kill it last offseason. I remember thinking how much we overpaid Hankins, how Sheard and Simon were average, and how Woods and Bostic were both really bad, yet each of those signings turned out far better than I expected. While this offseason has not played out the way I wished, and I am not afraid to say that I disagree with Ballard, he has definitely earned the benefit of the doubt so far.