You pay Ballard money to build a great team with as much open cap space as possible so when a can't miss but higher cost player (or one of your own like Nelson or the Maniac or other high performance Colts players they WANT to resign) is available on the FA market. It takes a lot of restraint and technique to build a team without throwing money at it. I am thinking of teams like the Browns who sooner than you think will be in Cap hell if they plan on keeping all those big name players. Conserve now so you have something to eat later. It goes for football and everything else in life.
I just wanted to say, good response. And acknowledge you responded to him before I got to it. The best point being that Ballard has that amount of money to use as he sees fit without having to go ask "Dad" for the money each time. That is the only way to run a team in any workplace. The boss hires the right people to handle the work and keeps his focus on things Owners have to be involved in, which is everything above what goes on the field. Owners that micromanage rarely win anything. I think it is even more impressive since few owners have as much hands on experience and knowledge with their franchise as Irsay has, which few people seem to mention.
Thanks...yeah technically the Bills drafted Kelly in 83 and held his rights. Kelly opted to play for the USFL for awhile and wanted to sign with the LA Raiders. However it was Polian that finally was able to convince Kelly to sign with the Bills. Here is a good article about it...