Another way to look at it is this: considering the production that Ballard is getting out of his draft picks while they're still on their rookie contracts... why over-spend on re-signing anybody?
If Ballard can continue hitting on draft picks the way he has, then it's almost better to just keep accumulating draft picks, draft well, and let the young guys go out and make plays.
Let other teams over-spend on proven talent while Indy keeps providing an opportunity for young hungry players to prove their talent.
Save the money for slam-dunk moves like Buckner.
I bet you are 1000% wrong.
Nelson is the biggest name in the league at G, and it's not even close. A "bad" Nelson (that gets called for ticky-tack holds that happen on every single NFL play) is still better than 90% of the guards in the NFL.
Your hot-take posts are getting very tiresome.
They have contributed as much their rookie year as the entire group maybe by end of the season, but I doubt there's even a tiny chance of 2 all pros. Even 1 is a major stretch. I am not sure we have any all pro's on the team since the most deserving one is Buckner (who I count as our first round pick in every way) has impact but no stats to wow anyone not intimately aware of his impact. If he misses this game we may painfully see how valuable. But their collective impact has certainly added up. 4 starters and 2 solid special teamers in a so far playoff level team is quite a haul for any draft pick class in history. It is at least adjacent to 2018, unless you don't count Buckner in any way.
Nothing against you and I like you as a poster but counting Ballard's 2017 season is a stretch. I realize he was the GM that year (1st year) but he didn't have the Coach he wanted and Luck was out for the year. We went 4-12 that year so his record is a bit skewed because of that. Others have posted the same thing about Ballard's record so you are not the only one and I just don't see how anyone can count that season legitimately. I pretty much go by 2018-this year when he hired Frank and his record would be 25-19 counting the playoffs. Is he the best GM in the league, probably not but he is good. He is responsible for drafting Nelson, Leonard, Mack, signing Houston, signing Rivers and trading for Buckner = great work there. Luck just retiring on the team and McDaniels dissing him even made his job that much harder.
I am late to the party but it doesn't matter because I would've been 1-1 anyway. I had the Lions and Washington so it offsets
Here are my Sunday picks/Monday pick:
Ravens 17 Steelers 24
Chargers 19 Bills 27
Titans 27 Colts 30
Panthers 20 Vikings 21
Browns 27 Jags 17
Giants 24 Bengals 10
Cards 27 Pats 23
Dolphins 99 Jets 0 (Fluke's original quote)
Saints 24 Broncos 13
49ers 17 Rams 30
Chiefs 34 Bucs 24
Bears 17 Packers 27
Seahawks 31 Eagles 17