I'm not sure that's a huge spike though. I googled it and the current cap is 198 M. So 200 M is just a small increase.
I would also be careful as to thinking that means that re-signing all the starters is easy. If the cap goes up the player's pay demands will go up.
However it does mean that what looks like a big payday today starts to look like a team friendly contract in a few years.
Have to let it all play out. Most great, even franchise transforming players don’t get to finish their careers with the team that drafted them.
In the case of Leonard and Nelson...something would have to dramatically change about the current trajectory for them to not get generous second contracts that make them the highest paid at their positions.
Leonards contract is trickier and Luke Kuechly is instructive. It’s less likely that Leonard makes it to the end of his second contract by nature of the position he plays and his tweener build for that position. Very little chance that Leonard can play at his current level of efficacy beyond age 30, just like a RB. Leonard’s performance delta is highly dependent on a razor thin physical margin that he won’t be able to maintain all the way through a 5 year second contract. He’s a 6-8 year player like a quality RB is.
For the record, I have no problem paying BIG $$$ to Top Tier talent.....
provided it's at the right positions (QB, DE/Edge, WR, probably L-OT,
in the Colts' case, 3-tech DT and to a lesser degree (normally a premium
spot, but not in the Colts system), CB.
Just my take.
Not really the same. Leonard was an All Pro meaning one of the very best in the league. Danny was pretty great for a few years and the Pacers did pay him very well. He was never thought of as one of the 2-3 best in the league, at least I don't remember it that way.