Yeah, altruism is more likely than trying to hit the spending floor. I haven't seen anything that confirms -- to my satisfaction -- that recouping the bonus money would affect his contract rights, but that's been going around since September so I don't know... I certainly haven't found it in the CBA.
As for JB, I don't think I felt it was a good call. Just that I understood their motivation. I always felt the money was a touch high -- before they did it, I gave a projection of what they might give him in an extension, and they came in about $12m higher than I thought -- but I thought the goal was obvious. It wasn't a commitment to JB as the QB of the future, just a protection for the team in case he wound up being really good.
He didn't. I think the next steps are pretty obvious. Make sure that the QB of the future is on the roster this offseason, whether that's a veteran acquisition or a drafted rookie. Easier said than done, but that's Ballard's job.
I'm a Ballard fan, but he must get this right.
Bored at work mock on TDN. I don't see Love falling to the 2nd, but I couldn't pass up on Thomas in the 1st:
13 Andrew Thomas, OT Georgia - LT of the future.
34 Jordan Love, QB Utah State - Yep.
44 Tee Higgins, WR Clemson - If he's there at 44, it's a no-brainer.
75 Troy Pride Jr., CB Notre Dame - Kid can ball.
112 Shane Lemieux, IOL Oregon - Really solid OG that would push Glow to start at RG.
142 Harrison Bryant, TE Florida Atlantic - Pass catching TE that may need a bit of time to develop, but has the tools to be really good.
173 Benito Jones, IDL Ole Miss - Run-stuffing 1T.
191 Binjimen Victor, WR Ohio State - I think he could become a really good WR.
204 Kendall Coleman, EDGE Syracuse - Developmental DE.