But it's his only year. It would be one thing if he had a couple decent seasons and then last season. But it was his first season...and it was historically great. That's the only data we have so far. At this point, no proof exists that he isn't already a great QB. That's what has to be proven...not the other way around.
Luck had a great rookie season...but if he had done what Mahomes did in his first season...I think nearly every Colts fan would have put him in the top 5. Or any other top QB for that matter. I don't think there should be a double-standard for Mahomes.
Has he been charged though? I realize the investigation is ongoing...but I don't think he's been charged with anything yet. And if that doesn't happen...the NFL won't really have any additional information because they (law enforcement) have already said they won't share that information with the NFL. So basically, they would be going off that audio and interviews they conduct with Hill after the investigation.
Trust me...I am not saying it's right...it's just how I think it might play out. Without charges...the audio will garner a multi-game suspension on its own...but then he will be back.
Ballard has also expressed the importance of getting a pass rush up the middle. His release couldn't have come at a better time and his contract shouldn't be prohibitive for Ballard. If he really is serious about playing for a contender he and his agent should recognize the obvious match with the Colts as his best chance at a ring. A no brainer from my point of view. Of course I tend to have a bias on this sort of thing.
Makes sense to look... he fits for the most part.
Our pro personnel department already has (most) every player (those to soon be FA, or a cap casualty, etc...) scouted, and placed a 'value' on them. We'll talk to the agent and see if we are in the ballpark before any real talks begin.
We won't be in a bidding war, is what that means. Ballard has proven to fold up the tent once the $ get above range. Doesn't matter who the player is. But there first have to be steps taken, and that is if what we might pay is close to what they may accept.