The major factors that often doom repeat bids are but a blip on the Patriots’ radar. The salary cap can get squeezed as players’ contract demands grow following championships, so naturally, some key players depart via free agency.
This is less of an issue for New England, as Belichick usually finds perfect players at affordable salaries via the draft, free agency, trades and the waiver wire to replace the departed. He plugs them into the system once they’re coached up by his outstanding assistants, who like Belichick are great at teaching and developing players.
Supplemental offseason income, come on down!
Rams defensive back Cody Davis is taking full advantage of his move to Southern California, appearing on an episode of “The Price is Right” that aired Friday.
Host Drew Carey seemed impressed when Davis told him what he does for a living, and the four-year NFL veteran then acquitted himself well in a friendly game of Punch-A-Bunch.
Unless Romo agrees to a major pay cut, the financial outlay will be significant. Even if the Cowboys end up cutting Romo, he and his agent will expect starter money elsewhere. That essentially would be his $14 million base salary (plus incentives if he has a good season) to get him to the market rate of $20 million-plus for veteran starters.
Personally, I would steer clear of Romo. But if a team decides to take the risk, it likely will attempt to negotiate a lower base salary (in the $10 million-$12 million range) and a significant per-game bonus to reward him for staying on the field, plus major playoff incentives.
But Romo’s agent will fight that structure and want a significant guarantee, which, again, is a big risk for a team. Whatever team brings in Romo had better be sure it has a stout supporting cast. That means a strong offensive line with excellent blocking tight ends and backs who know how to pass protect.