GG, on 05 March 2013 - 07:15 PM, said:
I would have been looking at least a year out for contract extensions and packed the extension in a year where there was still cap space, like '12 also knowing that salaries keep escalating and it's best to lock up guys you want to keep ASAP.
Don't know how much Buddy was hamstrung by Detroit pursestrings last year after the big FA spending, but for the last three years he's still sounded and acted like a head scout who's over his head in running the organization. Fitz definitely has the team in a bind, because by my math Bills owe him $3 million no matter what, and he can easily sign for $3 million as a backup elsewhere, so Bills can't really hard ball him too much. It's also not in his interest to take one for the team because Nix was upfront & center that Bills will find Fitz's replacement this year.
That's the situation the Bills are in, and Nix certainly didn't help his cause with random commentary that's now biting him in the arse.
And PS to the OP - when linking articles, please don't link AP stories that run on James Walker's space on ESPN. Try to find the clean AP link. It's a disservice to the Canadian lush who actually did the work and people may think that Walker may have lifted a finger.
$3M or $7M this year, either way it isn't in the upper tier of QB pay by a long-shot. I think that many here are over-board in their criticism of the "HUGE" contract that the Bills signed Fitz to. Fitz' contract places him on the lower end of pay for starting QBs - about commensurate with his production. Now, if one wants to quibble that he is still over-paid, I wouldn't argue, but the Bills had a strategy to build the rest of the team (with focus on D) and "live' with Fitz until a better option could be had. Of course, the D hasn't played to the level expected, but I do think that there is a good level of talent there to be harvested by better coaching.
jahnyc, on 05 March 2013 - 07:34 PM, said:
Nix's statements seem less positive about Levitre than what he was saying when Poz and Stevie were going into free agency. If Fitz is willing to forego or defer his upcoming $3 million bonus, I bet there is a better chance that he will be in training camp than Levitre.
Not getting a good vibe that the Bills will be making an effort to re-sign Levitre.
While Levitre is a very good player, he is going to command $8+M per year on the open market. You can't just shell out that kind of jack without considering what else you could buy for a similar of just a bit higher price. What if they could get 2 decent starting LBs for that same price? What if they could get a very good starting RT for 25% more? Would either of those options be better than re-signing Levitre?
To be clear, I think Levitre has done everything that they've asked at a high level. He deserves to make a very good buck in FA. Whether he is the Bills' best option this year is open for debate.