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    • They didn’t give up their 21 1st round draft pick. They got fields with the pick br moving up. I don’t think the bears gave much at all.   There was no guarantee we would of been able to outbid the bears. Moving up higher then where the bears moved up too would of cost more.  I think Wentz  is perfect for this team. Still young with a team who is still young. So it still gives us a big window to win a SB.     
    • It's because it doesn't make sense, for multiple reasons.    First, it's really hard for an NFL team to have cash flow issues, just due to revenue sharing alone. The Packers reported having a $400m slush fund for team expenses last year, and they are a similar small market team, with similar pricing models, they have a less favorable stadium deal, and they pay their coaches more than the Colts do. If the Packers have $400m socked away, imagine the mismanagement it would take for the Colts to have cash flow issues. And then think about how long it's been since the Colts have been even close to going over the cap. There would be a lot of missing money.   Second, the pay-go player pay system doesn't save the Colts cash. Buckner didn't get a signing bonus, but he did get big roster bonuses in the first two years of his deal. HIs two year cash pay is $40m. The same year, Kenny Clark received a similar four year extension, less total value, but he got a $25m signing bonus. His two year cash pay is $28m. Clark's cap hits start out low for two years, then increase 300% in Year 3, while Buckner's cap hits stay even for the entirety of his contract; in fact, his cap hit goes down in Years 2 and 3. This formula applies to almost any contract/structure comparison you make between similarly paid players.   This is a cap management strategy, not a cash flow strategy. It affects cap hits and dead money, not cash spent. These different strategies have their advantages and drawbacks, but none of those elements speak to a team's cash flow standing. Buckner -- and anyone else -- agreed to that structure because it didn't affect his bottom line. From a cash flow standpoint, there's basically no difference.   Third, Irsay has never had a problem spending money on players, facilities, or anything else related to this team. That's been true over the several decades he's been running the show. So the fiscal restraint of recent seasons -- while NFL financials have been increasing year over year, except for during Covid -- is likely due to the strategies of the GM. And Ballard has very clearly explained his approach to spending money and building his roster, and every move the team has made has been in line with that approach.   Whether the Colts have cash flow restraints is unknown. But there's really no evidence that they do.
    • This will be an interesting question to revisit next February at the earliest. Kinda hard to answer with a sample size of zero.
    • Only need 6-12 months of data for FDA approval. Clinical trial happened last March-April. Long term effects usually only take 2 months to show up. Plus real world data will probably speed the process up to sometime before September for approval 
    • Not to be contrite or over abrasive here, but what exactly do we know now that we didn't before the draft or before we made the trade for Wentz? Neither have taken a snap for their respective teams, we know absolutely nothing about their worth/value compared to what was given up for each. Let's talk at the end of the season, that's when we will be able to say "Knowing what we know now" and not really a moment before then.
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