Little Lebowski Urban Achiever
Season ended last week.... they can negotiate until what, like March? has nobody here never been part of a negotiation before?
They are supposed to be far apart in what each side wants, thats how these things work, ALWAYS. the real question is how much money we are willing to invest in the just the cornerback position between Smith, Marshall, and Patterson... and to be honest, im not all that enthused about the entire trio one way or the other.
7 million a year might be what the market value for smith may turn out to be... but I have would be quite disappointed if thats what we ended up signing him for. There is absolutely a point to be made about not letting talent off your roster, but I happen to believe that overpaying for marginal talent just for the sake of keeping him and not "creating a hole" is the wrong method to building your team. Keeping someone who is servicable at best for a large salary will bite you in the ass in the long run.
The key is to acquire high level talent and then keep them, not overpay to keep mediocre talent, and Sean has proven to be servicable but mediocre.