Because I’ve been a Colts fan for a long time and Jim Irsay has never had an issue spending money. Ballard has also said over and over again he was saving his money to pay his own. This isn’t breaking news. So rather buy into some idea that he was fine with spending money under Tobin, Polian, and Grigson but is no longer fine with spending money under Ballard just doesn’t add up when you look at his history and what Ballard said. It’s much more logical to assume that’s he’s spending what Ballard wants like he has with his previous GMs especially when the GM tells you he doesn’t believe in splash free agents and is saving his money to sign his own.
Irsay doesn’t negotiate the contracts. Ballard does so contract structuring is done by Ballard and Ballard has done it in away to give him cap flexibility that is going to allow him to keep guys like Nelson, Leonard, Smith and others over the next couple of years.
Also Jim Irsay is worth 3 billion dollars he’s not hurting for money.
You want to see an organization that doesn’t want to spend money look across town where Simon won’t even let the Pacers look at the luxury tax. That’s an owner who doesn’t want to spend.
I’m not sure why you find it hard to accept that the Colts may have cash flow problems? Not that they can’t manage them, but still….
Irsay is one of the few owners who doesn’t have any other source of big income. No high tech company. No real estate development. No oil and gas. His wealth is owning the Colts. That’s it.
Sure he may he may spend money, but these last five years he now uses a pay-go system that lends itself to managing money. We used to give bigger SB’s under Grigson. Now, we give either small or no signing bonuses. Very few teams do that. And we’re a very small market franchise. You weren’t the least bit surprised to see DeForest Buckner accept a ZERO signing bonus? I sure was.
Point of clarification: none of what I’ve written is proof of anything. But I think it’s at least worth considering, and you seem completely unwilling to even do that. I confess find that surprising.
Just because they had money left over doesn’t mean Irsay had a problem spending it had Ballard wanted too. It doesn’t take that hard of a look back at Irsay’s history of owner to see he has zero problem spending what his GM wants to spend.
That's not exactly true if you consider cap space left over. IIRC, we had the most unspent or near most unspent over a 3-4 year period just recently (IIRC, 16, 17, 18, 19). Pretty sure we had 40+M unspent two years in a row.
IIRC, we carried over the most in the league again this year at around 30M.
It was also speculated that we 1) didn't ask Luck for money back, AND 2) gave JB such a big raise, was because we would have been too far under the 89% rule had we not done both 1 and 2.