- Aug 16, 2014
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That’s what I’m talking about. I think one avenue is bargaining away the risk. $5.5mil more guaranteed with an opportunity to make another $5Mil in per game incentives etc. I think he’d go for that. It reduces our max exposure of $40mil by paying him $5.5. Also, if not mistaken, an injury settlement could accelerate $40mil on this years cap.It was an exxagerated example. If Bakh feels he is nearing the end and has a desire to playout in GB and not face trying to come back from injury in another place altogether, the guy knows most teams are not going to be giving him a ton of guaranteed money at his age and given injury issues. You put 5 or even 10M guaranteed on an extension, especially if you add a couple small void years, the cap saving can nearly be identical, you avoid injury settlement BS, Bakh stays where he wants with a chance if healthy of playing...and if not the cost and risk was very small, but massive up swing.
I see that or a messy injury settlement issue coming personally. One or the other.
No we don’t need to be afraid. But we do need to be smart and proactive and handle him fairly. Restructuring might allow us to pay him what we owe him plus a couple Million. Then have 1 void year for a plausible few million in 2025. If it’s more than $3-5mil in 2025 it’s because he played most of the 2024 season. Is that worth $10mil? Yes
If we do that? I’m in agreement that David seems like a stand up guy from what I’ve seen. I don’t think he’s wanting to cause problems I really don’t.
The other option is work with him on an amicable trade scenario by sending that future $$ to NY and cutting our losses.