Purely my opinion, but......
You pay Q whatever. If you need to make him top 3, make him top 3. He's the anchor on the left, and allows you flexibility, and will be the anchor for many years to come. He'll also help mask deficiencies at LT should we not have AC after a couple years.
Leonard, I'd pay somewhere 6th to 10th. I doubt he pays hardball, and I doubt we do either. I hope he's willing to be somewhat team friendly in exchange for higher guarantees. LB is a bit devalued in the league, and I'm sure he knows that. On the other hand, WILL is key to our D just like 3T, DE, CB, and slot.
PFF ranked Nelson as the 11th best overall player in the NFL. Not 11th best OL, 11th best regardless of position. And only 2 OL ahead of him, and I could argue Q is better.
PFF ranked Leonard the 100th overall, and IIRC, the 7th best LB
U r missing my point. Yes Freeney and Mathis' role were to fly up the field and sack the qb. That is why they were susceptible to being gashed on running plays. If they happended to stop the the rb the way to the qb.....bonus. That was the system and that's what they were asked to do. Leonard is asked to do multiple roles in this D. He is a great blitzer, I just don't see him as elite in run stopping and pass coverage. Don't go by tackling #'s. Any WLBs tackling stats in this D are always very high. I am not saying he is not a very good player......I just think come contract time, he could b replaced if he is asking for 20 million a year. Prepare yourself for it because I think that is what he will ask do.