As for Phillips, I have to share the concern others have over his concussion history. He’s apparently prone to them, and the odds only go up that you’ll get one on the NFL. He can’t be but a few more away from having to step away from the game permanently. There’s no denying his talent, but I’d much rather see the Colts maneuver their way into getting Payton Turner in the second round. That guy is an intriguing, 3 down type DE. Relentless motor, pterodactyl arms.
I don't want to speak for other people...but I will take a stab at it from a devil's advocate POV.
The way I see it...it's not necessarily the idea of paying Q or Leonard...it's more the idea of paying a premium (meaning truly market-setting massive contracts) for players that don't actually play a premium position.
Most people (outside of the truly ardent positional value people) would have no issue with having the highest-paid player at G if he's the best G in the NFL (which Q pretty much is). Right now the highest long-term AAV at G is Thuney with a $16M AAV. So I don't think anybody would quibble with giving Q $17-18M.
But many people (including Q's agent I am sure) are thinking Q should get top LT money...which is $22-23M+ AVV. So I can definitely see where the disconnect starts to occur.
You can do the same exercise with Leonard...except use highest-paid WILL and then highest-paid MIKE (if not higher).
There's definitely a balance to carrying large contracts on the cap. You can only have so many of them. And when you max out...you can be limited in how you can fill certain positions of need (including premium positions). So now, instead of trading for a DeFo or signing a top tier CB in FA...you have to figure out how to fill those premium positions with cheaper FAs or via the draft.
Ballard has been able to short-term fill those positions with cheaper FA moves, but not the draft. And traditionally, it is just easier to fill less premium positions through those means.
Thanks, I missed quite a few (ten!) additional reserve/futures contracts. Below is the updated info on r/f contracts, new adds are bolded:
CB Andre Chachere
CB Anthony Chesley
CB Will Sunderland
CB Roderic Teamer
DT Kameron Cline
DT Chris Williams
DT Rob Windsor
S Ibraheim Campbell
S Nick Nelson
G Jake Eldrenkamp
G Sam Jones
OT Jake Benzinger
OT Elijah Nkansah
OT Carter O’Donnell
OT Casey Tucker
RB Darius Anderson
RB Benny LeMay
RB Paul Perkins
TE Farrod Green
TE Jordan Thomas
TE Andrew Vollert
WR Quartney Davis
WR Gary Jennings
WR J.J. Nelson
QB Jalen Morton
P Austin Rehkow
Note: I confirmed all of these on the official Colts.com website as r/f additions as well as being shown as currently on the roster.
Without a pass rush, KC is almost insurmountable
With a little more pass rush in Buffalo..... just 1 or 2 more hurries in that game.... we win
I 100% agree on not forcing it
If we dont trade out of 21, and Paye is there .... you take Paye
If not, take the best OT on the board.
Get DE in round 2 (Maybe trade up to get the DE on our board)
Looking at the draft I think there are some decent DEs that could be in a rotation this year that might be had in 2nd round
Turner, Basham, Weaver, Tryon, or Odeyingbo, are ones that come to mind