I don’t think they were wrong either.
As for your correlation point...why even mention that? Do you think that is a valid point?
Injury prone guys have injuries all throughout their body. The key here is that he has now missed 2 full years (assuming he misses this year). He has now been in the league 4 years. If you have missed half your time in the league due to injury, that’s a hell of a lot different than someone who has the occasional hamstring pull or sprained ankle or something like that.
These are major, career altering injuries. These are the types of injuries where when he comes back, he may not be the same player ever again. That’s an issue.
Like you said, the contract isn’t some prohibitive terrible thing. But if this keeps up, it will certainly be a complete bust of a deal and it will certainly be a black mark on the cap.
If he was heading into his FA year, would I be weary about giving him a large contract, after an ACL and a neck injury? Absolutely. But the Ravens were proactive in extending him after a great year coming off a major injury. Before he got offered an extension he wasn't "injury prone" or this wasn't happening "all the time" or whatever you want to say.
I am concerned he might not be able to be as physical a player if he returns. Neck injury scares me far more than an ACL.
Still, the contract isn't some huge burden, even if his career is over. Worst case he goes on IR this year. In 2020 his cap number is $8M if he plays and $9.5M in dead cap if he then retires, if he's officially done. Most cap money Young would cost is $13.1M which is this years cap hit and next years dead money. $13.1M against the cap across two years and the guy doesn't play a down. Flacco costs $16M this year alone to play somewhere else. Having a QB at a bargain price you can win with helps in these situations.
Of course I don't think there is a correlation between his knee and his neck. I'm not looking at it in hindsight. It was sarcasm.