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- Oct 30, 2012
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- Madison, WI
If you seriously wonder, I'd say the answer is in the relativity. The bold in your first paragraph is the key. Looking at the various ways of evaluating contracts, Crosby seems to be in the 5-7 range, but dropping him down to the average ranking of 16th saves somewhere between one and 1 1/2 mil. Certainly would be better to have that available than not, but overpaying for average players at other positions can cost way more than that in absolute, not relative, terms.
Not to mention that each new K you sign adds to the total amount you spent on the position, reducing this supposed savings. Even worse, if you are replacing said kicker, I have to assume it was because he failed at his job. How many Wins does this revolving door of trying out and paying kickers cost you?
How much is a Win worth? Regular season win VS Playoff win? If we have a kicker that wins us 1-3 games per year that a tryout kicker might have lost, sign me up for paying said kicker that "extra $2-3M", or the cost of carrying a Geronimo Allison type player.