Do you think that without giving JB the $$ they did, they would have extended contracts this year instead of next?
I suppose it is possible.
Or maybe you think that Irsay told Ballard that he did not want to get near the cap no matter what and Ballard was ordered to be $24,000 under the cap no matter what.
I don't know. I just seen it as using cap space that wasn't going to be used. I still thought it was a bad move. I wonder if it was a "good faith" move. Thinking that if JB did as well as some thought he would, it would be easier to extend him if he was. JB is a good level headed and loyal guy and I think he would have opted to sign a reasonable contract rather than play free agency.
I just looked back at all the players that were drafted in 2018 and Nelson perhaps is the 2nd best player in that draft. Lamar Jackson is only clearly the better pick and he went 32nd lol. Barkley was a solid pick as well but right now I like Nelson slightly better and I think Barkley will be an NFL great. In that same draft QB's Mayfield went #1 and Darnold #3 were in the top 3, no thanks to either one of them. Chubb went 5th, I would rather have Nelson who went 6th. Ballard's best draft pick by far. In that same draft we also picked Leonard, who looking back on it now should've went top 5 but hindsight is a strong thing . Ballard basically got two top 5 talents at #6 and the other in the 2nd round