I did see the issue with the Broncos. So they have already said they will not pay his 20million? That is a bad stance to have for future FA’s for sure. Players can turn away from select and leave them as a lame duck. The NFL is a smart business but this might blow up in their face. Players will quit doing anything on their own and outside of a mandatory camp or practice these guys won’t be in great shape. That’s the NFL’s fault if this gets any worse. Learn to structure contracts better is what I would tell the NFLPA.
Once we sign Leonard, Smith, and Nelson to long-term contracts am projecting next year the Colts will have limited cap space to sign our own free agents again next off-season such as Hilton, Rhodes, and Pascal to name a few.
Conley is a low risk/high reward player that we should be able to get cheap now for at least 2 years not expecting much this season but in hopes he returns fully healthy on a end of year 2 prove-it deal taking over for Rhodes without breaking the Colt's cap space bank initially but will have more financial leverage in three years.
Once we start resigning players next off-season we won't have much free cap space available to target FAs let alone feel comfortable signing rest of our own.
Right now my early estimates are
LB Leonard 5/100m 60m guaranteed - 5 years $82.5 million 40m guaranteed
RT Smith 4/58m 30m guaranteed
LG Quenton Nelson 6yr/100m
TE Mo Allie-Cox 3yr/33m
DE Al-Quadin Muhammad 2yr/4m
RB Marlon Mack 2yr/10m (5m APY) if remains healthy
RB Nyheim Hines 3yr/19.5m (6.5m APY) Similar to A. Eckler
RG Glowinski 2yr/18m
With around 10m in cap space left over for 2022
So don't expect us to resign Hilton, Rhodes, or Pascal etc. Wouldn't mind having O'Neill as our future LT but in all reality can't see it happening.
Right man. I get that. How many of these teams though are gonna pitch him RT money? Villanueva just got RT money and is all butthurt about it now. Not that I don't blame him but he's talking smack about the wrong people.