Also want to point out that guitar players, especially amateurs like me, are known for having "gas". That's Gear Acquisition Syndrome. Because we just know that the next one we get is going to make us better.
I'm in recovery so I dare not go into a Guitar Center. I imagine Mr Irsay suffers from the same disease, except on a much grander scale.
There's room for them to do that, if they wish. But in looking at the structure and the payouts, there's no real reason to do so. They appear to have been very conscious of balancing out his cap hits and keeping cash aligned with cap, to the extent possible.
Take what we know about this front office and how they manage the cap, and I don't see them trying to pry extra cap space to make roster moves in the future. They're very disciplined in their cap management, they take their hits and keep moving, knowing that they'll come out even eventually.
Irsay did specifically mention having the flexibility to adjust Luck's contract in the future. so I won't dismiss the idea altogether. The Colts restructured Manning's contracts multiple times to create cap space, but that was a different cap environment. Again, I won't dismiss it, I just don't see why it would be necessary.
Maybe they'll feel like they have to take a one year hit to keep some core guys on the team. That could happen in a couple years if the 2015-16 draft classes really hit. But the fact that they're ahead of the game (mostly due to bad drafting and other circumstances in 2013 and 2014) kind of takes that pressure away.
You made some valid points , but some didn't. I agreed with you on the structure, but remember I predicted they would restructure, because they really had no choice unless they were insane. The Colts definitely structured it better with Luck, but I'm thinking Ozzie maybe structured it the way he did in case Flacco totally flopped after the SB. All that being said, the Colts and Ravens have capable and proven QB's going into the future, and you have to have that in the NFL. The other thing I like about Flacco and Luck are that they are both tough, and despite their offensive lines causing both injuries last year, have generally been healthy over most of their careers.
Looks like some new faces on the board!! Welcome to all of you I have missed this spring and summer. Get ready for some fun stuff...and some interesting banter/debates!! I am ready for Colts football. Anyone else???