Don't be fooled, the players get paid.
They also are ensured future employment. I'm in the purchasing field and deal with allot of vendors. It's amazing how many of the reps are former local college players. If you played for a college, even if you weren't that good, your chances of a good job are increased by an incredible amount.
Holder and Keefer are really good at towing the line, tempering expectations, etc
That said, I do think Ballard and especially Reich like Jacoby. But “much higher” than most are? Doubt it. They painted him as a top 20 QB and I doubt their opinion has changed for the better. I like to think Ballard’s okay with idea of him starting next year but he’s gotta know that banking on a JB led team in the future is super risky.
If by “mid-round QB”...you mean “middle of the 1st round”...then sure it could be JB and a mid-round QB.
But they are not going to enter next season with a QB room of JB and some 3rd-4th rounder.
Most of the local media guys refuse to step on any toes.