The really ironic thing in all of it is that Grigson himself proved you can do both. You can sign free agents, and still have cap space.
Knock him all you want, it’s all warranted, but the fact is he took good care of the cap. He didn’t go out and sign players to ridiculous deals that put us in a bad cap position. (You can argue the Art Jones deal, but keep in mind that Pagano surely went to Grigson and begged for that signing. Pagano, having worked with Jones in Baltimore talked him up to Grigson and I’m sure he said Jones was a player that he had to have. It was a bad deal, but I’m guessing the lust for Jones from Pagano compounded that. And even still, the Art Jones deal did not screw us over cap-wise.)