Would you rather have Lamar/Mahomes or Tannehill and $12-15M in cap space?
$15 mill used the right way for the right players actually could go a really long way.
I talked with Gabe about this contract on recording our podcast last night, which will be going up soon, but that $12 -15 mill is how teams like the Pats added guys like Moss or even Brown last year. Kept teams together. That $2-3 mill more that you can pay other guys the market rate and keep you elite QB can actually be stretched a long way.
I also think Tannehill is not a guy I'd want, but say Wentz or Dak might be a guy I would want (I'm not sure either of them is it, just using as an example). But Tannehill plus keeping Conklin and being able to sign Henry long-term rather than tag, could be a pretty big deal. You could get Henry on something that works for both of you but locks him up for prime years, you keep a key part of your line and you have the same OL play. And maybe you have enough extra cap space to sign Logan Ryan back or make another splash if you need to...
I'm very torn on if it's something that really can work. But that being said, I'd want the Ravens to sign Mahomes to the same deal hands down. It's too hard to resist. And I would argue the way Mahomes deal is structured is actually exactly what the Ravens should do. In 5 years, you'll have some idea if he can hold up for 8 years. I think this is a blueprint for the Ravens and Lamar, especially if they go on to win the Super Bowl this year and follow Mahomes path im that sense.